Our next lecture on Tuesday 11th April 2017 is:
The Elgin Marbles
Lecturer: Steve Kershaw
2016 marked the 200th anniversary of the purchase of the so-called 'Elgin Marbles' from Thomas Bruce, the 7th Earl of Elgin, by the British Parliament. This lecture, beautifully illustrated with specifically taken slides and video, will explore the aesthetics, the back-story, and the heated debates surrounding these fascinating and controversial works of ancient Greek art: what do we mean by 'the Elgin Marbles'? How and why were they originally created? What happened to them between their creation and Elgin's time? How did he acquire them? Why are they so highly regarded? Why are they now in the British Museum? And why are there such passionately held views both for and against their repatriation to Greece?
We are pleased to welcome back "local boy", musician, tutor, lecturer and author, Dr. Steve Kershaw. He has had a special interest in the world of the Ancient Greeks and Romans since being introduced to Homerâs Iliad by an inspirational primary school teacher. He now operates principally for Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. He authored and teaches Oxfordâs on-line Greek Mythology course. As a guest speaker for Swan Hellenic Cruises and Royal Hebridean Cruises he has travelled extensively throughout the Mediterranean, and, as Professor of History of Art, he currently runs the European Studies Classical Tour for Rhodes College and the University of the South.