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. There is also a Members' Newsletter, which appears twice a year.

Virgil Society Programme: 2021-22

Meetings in 2022 should be taking place in Room 349, Senate House South Block. However, please check the website beforehand in case there are last minute changes.

Meetings in October and November 2021 will be held online via Zoom. We are extremely grateful to the Department of Greek and Latin, University College London, and the Institute of Classical Studies for their support. 

For information on accessing meetings online, please check the Society’s website [] in advance of the meeting.

A list of Virgil Society meetings between 2016 and 2021 may be found here (link opens in new window).

Saturday 16 October 2021

2:30 p.m.   Annual General Meeting for 2020-2021 [postponed from May]

3:00 p.m.   Dr Ian Goh (Swansea University)

‘Food for Thought: Virgilian Meals’

Sign up here for AGM and/or Dr Goh's talk 

Saturday 27 November 2021, 2:30 p.m.

‘Virgil’s Bees’

Discussion meeting led by Rachael Hopley (Downham Market Academy)

Register online here

Saturday 22 January 2022, 2:30 p.m.

Dr Siobhan Chomse (Royal Holloway, University of London)

‘Are you experienced? Aeneas and the sublime’

Register online here

Saturday 5 March 2022, 2:30 p.m.

Dr Syrithe Pugh (University of Aberdeen)

‘A Different Tityrus: Versions of Virgil in the Beginnings of Renaissance Pastoral’

Register online here

Saturday 21 May 2022

11:30 a.m.  ‘Reading the Poet: Aeneid Book 2’ 

(Virgil Society members led by John Hazel)

1 p.m.  Lunch

2:30 p.m.  Annual General Meeting for 2021-2022

3:00 p.m.  Dr Rebecca Armstrong (University of Oxford)

‘Country Living between Georgics and Epistles


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