Wellington Classical Association


Meetings will be held at 8:00 pm in Hugh Mackenzie Lecture Theatre 104 (Kelburne Parade), on Tuesday nights, unless noted otherwise.  

23 March
Diana Burton (Victoria), ‘A cartwheel for Apollo: personal votives in Greek sanctuaries’

25 April
Prof. Matthew Trundle (University of Auckland), ‘Greek rituals and Warfare: Sacrifices and Trophies’

15 May (Monday)
Andrew Wallace-Hadrill (Cambridge), ‘Herculaneum: new discoveries from old excavations’

6 June
James McNamara (Cambridge), In ipso terrarum ac naturae fine: The ends of the earth in Tacitus’ Agricola

28 June (Wednesday)
The Classical Association Postgraduate Symposium
Please note change of date

11 July
Peter Gainsford (Victoria), title tbc

1 August
The Classics Pub Quiz

15 August
Bridget Buxton (University of Rhode Island), ‘How to find ancient shipwrecks (and what happens next)’

29 August
Anastasia Bakogianni (Massey University), title tbc

19 September
Judy Deuling (Victoria), A Nite in the VUW Classics Museum

17 October
Simon Perris (Victoria), title tbc

14 November
Hans Mueller (Union College in Schenectady New York), title tbc

Other events include the Schools' Quiz, the Touchstone Competition, and the VATS production of Euripides’ Alcestis

Schools' Quiz

Each year, around September/October, is our annual Schools' Quiz (open to all schools within the Wellington region) with our own Jeff Tatum as Quizmaster. Stay tuned for details!


The Wellington Classical Association was formed in the late 1940s as a forum for those interested in the Classical world. Almost 100 academics, university students and others are now members.

Membership fees enable the Association to offer small grants to Wellington schools who teach Classical Studies and Latin, as well as helping cover expenses.

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Only $20 a year (adults) and $5 a year (students)

Please download the following Membership Form and either email it to the Classics Programme or bring it along to one of the monthly meetings.

Past Meetings

2016 Meetings

(please note this is subject to change)

12 April

(AGM) Diana Burton Victoria) 'Death in Classical Athens", HM LT 104, 8pm

17 May

David Lawrence, Simon Perris and Megan Evans (Victoria) 'Adapting Ancient Plays for the Modern Stage", Time and Venue TBC


Post-graduate Symposium, Date, Time and Venue TBC


Judy Deuling (Victoria) "Introducing the New Collection", Date & Details TBC


The Classics Pub Quiz, Date & Details TBC

13 September

Nicolas Purcell (Oxford), Syme Lecture, Hunter Council Chamber, 6pm. Topic TBC

29 September

Sean McConnell (Otago), Topic, Time & Venue TBC

15 November

Jeff Tatum (Victoria), "The Elections of 64 BC: How Did Cicero Win?", Time & Venue TBC

Other events include the Schools Quiz, The Touchstone Competition and the VATS Production.

Gordon Saunders Award

Owing to the generosity of members in the recent fundraising campaign, we have been able to make a substantial award to St Patricks College in Silverstream so that they can replace outdated textbooks.

Thank you to everyone involved!

For further information, contact the Classics Programme Administrator.

Vos Dedite in Fidem Nostram!