The Virgil Society

THE Virgil Society was founded in 1943, and its first President, the poet T.S. Eliot, delivered What is a Classic? as his Presidential Address in the following year. The purpose of the Society was and remains to unite all those who cherish the central educational tradition of Western Europe. Of that tradition Virgil is the symbol. Membership is open to all those who are in sympathy, whether they read Latin or not.

There are normally five or six meetings each year in London, held on Saturday afternoons in Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.

The speakers include both amateur and professional scholars, many of them Virgilians of international repute. Lectures are followed by refreshments, giving an opportunity to meet the speaker and other members of the Society.

Most lectures are published in full in the Proceedings of the Virgil Society, which also include some reviews of works relevant to Virgil. There is also a Newsletter, which appears twice a year.

Virgil Society Programme: 2019-20

Meetings are held with the support of the Institute of Classical Studies.

All meetings take place in Senate House, Malet Street, University of London, WC1E 7HU.

Saturday 19 October 2019, 2:30 p.m.
Room 349, Senate House South Block

‘“Amid the tears we sing”: Virgil and Feeling’
Discussion meeting led by Dr Lucy Nicholas

Saturday 30 November 2019, 2:30 p.m.
Room G22/26, Senate House South Block

Dr Sharon Marshall (University of Exeter)
'Tragedy and national identity in Hélisenne de Crenne’s Aeneid I-IV’

Saturday 18 January 2020, 2:30 p.m.
Room G22/G26, Senate House South Block

Dr Peter Black (Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow)
‘Christianising Virgil: The Aeneid in the art of Raphael and Parmigianino’

Saturday 7 March 2020, 2:30 p.m 
Room G22/26 South Block
Dr Frances Foster (University of Cambridge)
‘Virgil in the Late Antique Classroom’

Saturday 16 May 2020, AGM
‘Reading the Poet: Aeneid 11’
(Virgil Society members led by John Hazel)

Annual General Meeting
Presidential Address
Professor Philip Hardie (Trinity College, Cambridge)
‘Virgil Travestied’ 

Cancelled due to COVID-19. To be rescheduled at a later date


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