Classical Association of NSW

Calendar of Events 2019

Macquarie University Ancient Languages Summer School: Monday 7 - Friday 11 January

Sydney Latin Summer School: Monday 14 - Friday 18 January

CANSW Annual General Meeting: Saturday 23 March, 1.30pm CCANESA Boardroom, University of Sydney. To be followed by a public talk:

Change of Speaker: CANSW Public Lecture

Due to unfortunate circumstances, Associate Professor Kathryn Welch has had to postpone her lecture this Saturday 23 March on ‘Cleopatra in Egypt’.

In place of the previously advertised talk, we are delighted to have the wonderful Elisabeth Slingsby, MPhil candidate at the University of Sydney, present the following lecture:

‘He Surpassed All in Virtue and Vice: Two Lives of Alcibiades’ 

In 2011, P.J. Rhodes described Alcibiades (c.450-404BC) as a ‘playboy, general and traitor’. My talk examines two biographies of this notorious but enigmatic Athenian in order to question the extent to which we can uses such texts to understand his turbulent public career and even more tumultuous private life. I will compare the ways in which Cornelius Nepos’ Latin Life of Alcibiades and Plutarch’s Greek Life of Alcibiades depict Alcibiades’ conduct at key moments during the so-called Peloponnesian War. I will also consider how both biographies frame Alcibiades’ conduct in the endeavour to paint rather different portraits of the same man.

All are welcome to attend on Saturday 23 March at 2pm in the CCANESA Boardroom, Level 4, Madsen Building, University of Sydney (immediately following the CANSW AGM). Please send RSVPs to Emma Barlow at

Years 10 & 11 Reading Competition Heats: 9am - 5pm Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th May, University of Sydney

Macquarie University Ancient Languages Winter School: Monday 8 - Friday 12 July.

Years 10 & 11 Reading Competition Finals: Monday 5 August, 7pm, Ground Floor, Woolley Building, University of Sydney.

CANSW Annual Dinner: tbc

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