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The Coleraine Hoard

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Dr Peter Crawford & Dr Raoul McLaughlin investigated the probable origins of a hoard of Roman silver objects found near Coleraine

The Classical Association in Northern Ireland’s inaugural summer lecture on the ‘Coleraine Hoard’ attracted an enthusiastic crowd on a fine summer evening at Queen’s University.


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15th – 17th August 2014



Voyages and Journeys in the Ancient World

Queen’s University Belfast


Professor Richard Talbert (UNC) – Travelling the Roman World 1: With Portable Sundials, 2: With the Peutinger Map


Professor Andrew Smith (UCD) – ‘The Steep and Rugged Ascent’: The Philosopher’s Journey (Plato, Republic 515e6-7)


Oliver O’Sullivan (NUI, Maynooth) – ‘In My End is My Beginning’: Ancestry, Death and Complex Characterization in Suetonius

Dr John Curran Converses with Oliver O'Sullivan


Dr Raoul McLaughlin (QUB) – Greek and Roman Voyages into the Indian Ocean


Professor Brian Campbell (QUB) – Watery Perspectives; a Roman view of rivers

Prof Campbell Enraptures the Audience with his Journey from Spanish Bleach to Roman Rivers



Tour of Monastic County Down with Dr Therese Cullen


‘The Barbarians and the Fall of Rome’

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‘The Barbarians and the Fall of Rome’

376 – 476

Natural Causes, Murder or Something Else? 

This booklet focused on the last century of the Roman Empire in the west and the affect that barbarian invasion had on its downfall. By using primary sources – monuments, coins and quotations – and a few later pieces of art – the period is reconstructed in an informative and entertaining way.

·         The introductory section provides a Historical Outline of the period, while a Source Criticism gives a brief breakdown of the literary sources used from Ammianus to Zosimus. These are presented with advice as to how they should be treated.

·         The topic is then broken up into distinct periods within that century. These are then subdivided into sections about specific events or people such as Adrianople, the Sack of Rome, Attila the Hun etc.

·         Accompanying each quotation and image is a brief Interpretation section, to encourage the  student to question whether or not what they are being told in the source is a reliable depiction of its subject.

·         Further Reading bibliography for those students and teachers who want even more depth.

Please contact us to acquire a downloadable copy of the above Booklet

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 We have created a forum where all aspects of Ancient History and the Classics can be discussed and pupil support offered on a regular basis.

We aim to offer support for you and your students as they prepare for their examinations in Classical subjects.  But we also hope that we can offer a taste of what it is like to explore the Classics at university level.

If they plan to continue their studies in Northern Ireland, or choose to go elsewhere, the Classical Association in Northern Ireland will play a role in helping to build study skills as well as developing an enthusiasm for the ancient world.

If you wish your school to become an Associate member of CANI, please get in touch.

‘Re-voicing Classics: an evening of poetry’

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The Classical Association in Northern Ireland is proud to announce the exciting line up of leading Northern Irish poets for our

‘Re-voicing Classics: an evening of poetry’

event on Wednesday 30th March 2016 at 6.45 pm in the Canada Room of the Lanyon Building, Queen’s University, Belfast

They will read some of their own award-winning work and selections of their favourite classically-inspired pieces from other of the genre’s finest.

Everyone welcome!

Erin HallidayStephen SextonRoss Thompson


Sorting your Homer and Virgil from your Homer and Virgil…

CANI Film Evening: Ridley Scott’s Gladiator

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CANI Film Evening: Ridley Scott’s Gladiator

Wednesday 18th May 2016, 7.30 p.m.

The Black Box, 18-22 Hill St, Belfast

Price of Admission = £5.00 and the bar will be open for business

Places are limited so come early!




‘Was Judaea Rome’s Northern Ireland?’

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‘Was Judaea Rome’s Northern Ireland?’

Dr John Curran (QUB)

Thursday 9th June 2016, 6.45 p.m. (followed by summer drinks)

The Old Staff Common Room, Queen’s University, Belfast



Fighting empires… and themselves…