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This site does exactly what it says on the tin! It’s designed to let anyone find out about – and then access – talks by experts on Classics in Leeds.

That’s “ancient classics” or “the language and culture of the Greek and Roman worlds”, not Charles Dickens, Morris Minors or Beethoven. Although, having said that, you may find talks on the use of classics in the Victorian period, advertising or song lyrics!

As to “in Leeds”? The experts are from the University of Leeds’ Classics Department and the talks are, mostly, given in Leeds – in the Parkinson Building, at stage@leeds, in the Leeds City Museum, etc. Although some are given in Yorkshire and/or to Yorkshire organisations and talks given further afield may occassionally be featured.

There will be two types of talks represented:

1) Talks that have happened already (with audio files)

2) Talks that have yet to happen so you can keep up to date and maybe come and hear us in person

That’s not to say that other experts don’t talk about classics in Leeds – they do! – and information about them can generally be found from the Classics Department’s Events listing or the Leeds and District Branch of the Classical Association’s listing. But this site hosts and promotes talks by Leeds classicists who are all concerned about talking about the things they are passionate about and that connect their research and their daily lives to general audiences who might want to know a bit more about, for example:

  • the films we see at the cinema (like Gladiator or 300),
  • the TV shows we watch (like Doctor Who),
  • the theatre we see advertised (like The Wife of Heracles)
  • the sculpture on the buildings around us (like Leeds Town Hall).

In other words about the places where elements of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds appear within our daily lives in Leeds.

We love classics @ Leeds and in Leeds and hope you will too.

Eleanor in the Brotherton Library

Eleanor in the Brotherton Library

This website is maintained by Eleanor OKell (Visiting Research Fellow, Classics: University of Leeds) to promote talks by Leeds academics in Yorkshire and provide a repository through which they can be accessed by anyone with an interest.

I intend to add talks that have already happened as part of my Fellowship, as well as new talks from series that I have orgainised, but I will also be adding other talks given by Leeds academics as the result of invitations from local groups. If I’ve missed a talk, please let me know on my University of Leeds ( email address (e.r.okell).

If you’re not in Leeds and can’t keep an eye out for posters in the Museum, the Central Library’s events folder and some shops, you can check the University of Leeds Events list, or consider following either this blog or me on Twitter (@ErosOK) to get notifications of upcoming talks and when talks go online.

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    • If you click on “Follow” or on the button called “Email Update” on the right of every page, you will receive an email every time I make a new post. Alternatively, if you follow me (ErosOK) on Twitter I tweet when I’ve made a new post and also about classical things in general/in Leeds.

  16. I’m interested to know if it’s possible to copy a paragraph of this publication to use for my school project.

    • Yes, it is. Please attribute any information written on the site pages to me (E. R. OKell) with the appropriate date, unless it is obvious that it is an abstract (extended summary) for the talk, in which case it should be attributed to the speaker. Information from handouts or Powerpoints (downloadable from the site) or quotations from the talks themselves should be credited to the speaker who gave the talk. Any queries, please get in touch via my university email e.r.okell at

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