10.00 — Arrival at Oriel College.
10.30 – 11.15 Admissions talk with Q & A.
11.30 – 12.00 Tour of Oriel.
Regent’s Park College:
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch (provided free of charge)
13:30 – 14:30 Academic seminars led by Dr Peta Fowler, Dr Lynne Robson, Dr Scott Scullion, and Ms Marchella Ward.
14:30 – 15:00 Tea break.
15:00 – 15:30 Feedback and evaluation session.
In the Classics and English taster seminar, participants will explore the enduring influence of the family in tragedy and epic with Oxford tutors. Agamemnon sacrifices his daughter, Iphigeneia, in order to appease the gods, an action that leads to his own death and his wife’s and torments his children’s futures. After ten years of war, Odysseus endures perils and temptations as he travels to regain his home, his wife and his son. Aeneas carries his father away from burning Troy and becomes the ‘founding father’ of Rome. Amata, Lavinia’s mother, is corrupted by Allecto to subvert the foundation legend. Eve eats the forbidden fruit, condemning her husband Adam and the whole of humankind to mortality. Mary, Eve’s ‘daughter’, gives birth to Jesus who, through his own sacrificial death, will redeem humans and regain Paradise.
Tragic falls, epic narratives: at the heart of these lies the story of the family, its steadfastness, its temptations, its cruelties and its redemptive possibilities.
Why are there differences in the way the family is depicted in Homeric, Virgilian and Christian epic? Are women always to blame when things go wrong? What happens when patriarchy fails? Must tragedy always involve the family? Is redemption possible and can it all end well after all? All to be explored in our seminar!