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Voltaire Day Lecture 2011: What the Romans and Greeks did for us: how Ancient History makes our live

We live in a time when Classics is barely taught in schools, and is decried as elitist. But we are depriving generations of people of what Classicists have known all along - that much of our politics, our legal systems, our beliefs, our culture, our very language are derived from the ancient Greeks and Romans.

If we want to be truly happy in the now, we could do much worse than looking to the past for advice, inspiration and the occasional jaw-dropping story.

Natalie Haynes is a radio and TV regular, a comedian, novelist, non-fiction writer and journalist. She is a regular panellist on BBC2's The Review Show. Her radio credits include her own documentary Oedipusenders, as well as Woman's Hour, You and Yours, A Good Read, Quote Unquote, and Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive. She reviews the arts for Front Row and Saturday Review.

Natalie's new book is The Ancient Guide To Modern Life. Her first novel, for children, The Great Escape, was published in 2007. Natalie has been a Guest Contributor for The Times since October 2006, and writes regularly for New Humanist. She writes for the Sunday Times Magazine and has written for the Sunday Telegraph, The Big Issue, and Loaded.

Natalie's internationally toured live work includes five Edinburgh Fringe sell-out runs including "Six Degrees of Desolation", nominated for Perrier Best Newcomer. She contributed an essay to The Atheist's Guide To Christmas and is part of Robin Ince's award-winning collective, The Book Club and School for Gifted Children.

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Date and Time:

20 April 2011 at 7:00 pm


2 hours



Conway Hall
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
0207 242 8034

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