Classics in Scotland

Tuesday 28 October 2003

A body founded over a hundred years ago to promote the teaching of Classics in Scotland has appointed a new Honorary President.

The Classical Association of Scotland, of which the University’s Dean of Arts, Dr Christopher Smith is Secretary, has appointed author and journalist Allan Massie to the position.

The Association acts as a focus for Classics in Scotland and beyond and especially focusses on the teaching of the subject at the Universities of St Andrews, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Set up in 1902, its aim is also to defend the role of Classics within a broad and liberal education. Its members include academics, schoolteachers and members of the public. It organises regular meetings to present exciting and up-to-date findings from the ancient world, and to support Classics in Scottish schools.

Allan Massie is a distinguished journalist for several newspapers, including the Scotsman and the Sunday Times Scotland. He has written a number of acclaimed novels, including a sequence on the Roman emperors, the last of which, Caligula, is shortly to be published.

Professor Smith said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Allan Massie as our Honorary President. His contribution to the continuing interest in Classics has been very important, and his appointment signals our determination to promote and defend the discipline for the benefit of everyone in Scotland.’

The Classical Association of Scotland welcomes new members. Further information can be found on their website: html


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