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Dr Michael Scott: Classical Society

Dr Michael Scott: Classical Society

On the evening of 11th of November, Radley College was lucky enough to have the prestigious Dr Michael Scott in the Coffee Shop talking about ‘Athenian Drama In Context’ in front of a large audience of over a hundred boys, dons and visitors from Abingdon and St Edward’s schools. Dr Scott is Associate Professor in Ancient History and Archaeology at Warwick University and the presenter of BBC documentaries such as 'Rome's Invisible City' and ‘Delphi: The Bellybutton of the Ancient World’.

Dr Scott spoke with passion and fluency about the birth of tragedy and comedy, and the politics they arose from. He told of how in Ancient times drama and theatre was not entertainment as it is today, but worship. More specifically, he talked about The Great Dionysia Festival, which took place over five days. This was a form of worship to the Greek god Dionysus. As well as being a form of worship the theatre managed to combine three major topics of Greek life: religion, politics and drama. He told of how the great playwrights of the time such as Sophocles wrote subversive plays, which questioned even the morals of Greek culture.      

Overall, it was a wonderful evening with a packed Coffee Shop and an interactive and insightful talk, which was enjoyed by all. Many boys were keen to ask questions at the end, which reflected just how interesting everyone found it.

Special thanks must go to the Classics Department and Dr Michael Scott.

Report by James Gosling, A Social, 6.1

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