Previous Events

C.A.N.I. Event Hosted by Coleraine Historical Society


Coleraine Town Hall, 15th November 2016

Dr Peter Crawford (UCL/QUB)

presenting by invitation

The Coleraine Hoard and Romano-Irish Relations in Late Antiquity 



The rear of the hall was set up with a small museum of items of local interest. The event was free, open to the public and attended by a large, well-informed and enthusiastic crowd.

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At the Coleraine Historical Society publication sales table, copies of their booklets and pamphlets, including ‘The Bann Disk’, were offered for sale.

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Peter sets up the equipment . . . 


. . . as the audience continue to arrive into a packed hall

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Peter’s speech was lavishly illustrated with maps, photographs of relevant archaeological finds and other evidence of local material culture. He explained that he had recently viewed silver pieces of the Coleraine Hoard currently held in the British Museum. These Late Empire artefacts are incongruously curated in a gallery alongside the Anglo-Saxon Sutton Hoo Treasure.

The original research for Dr Crawford’s talk was made in collaboration with his colleague Dr. Raoul McLaughlin and delivered as a joint address at the inaugural meeting of CANI on 18th June, 2015 in The Senate Room, Queens University Belfast. Details of this previous illustrated talk entitled, ‘The Coleraine Hoard: Raid, Trade or Paid?’ can be found elsewhere on our website, including a review of the event.

And afterwards, the ladies provided members and guests with a cup of tea as lively discussions ensued around the subject matter of Peter’s speech.

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There was a chance for the public to ask Peter about his research and congratulate him on the excellent delivery of his presentation.

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Our thanks to the Coleraine Historical Society for their collaboration with the CANI team in arranging this event and for their kind hospitality

It was a great night – thank you all



 The Roman Forum 

3rd December 2015


‘Keeping up Appearances: Roman Emperors on Display’

Dr Martijn Icks (QUB)

Thursday 3rd December 2015, 6.45 p.m. (followed by winter drinks)

The Bell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building, Queen’s University, Belfast


To an audience that had braved the elements and dodged the traffic, the Classical Association in Northern Ireland was proud to present Dr Martijn Icks and his talk ‘Keeping Up Appearances’: Roman Emperors on Display in the Bell Theatre at Queen’s University, Belfast on 3rd December 2015.

Starting with the holy invisibility of the Forbidden City of Ming China and the hyper-visibility of today’s leaders, Dr Icks took those in attendance on a journey through the public portrait of the Roman Emperors of the principate.

Through coins, statues, busts and monuments, the seemingly omnipresent emperors sought and were indeed demanded to be a living, honourable embodiment of the Roman Empire; those who failed in that embodiment were to be ridiculed, to be infames.

The affable, “all things to all men” Augustus; the too private Tiberius, opening himself to accusations of the worst levels of vice; the limping, stuttering Claudius hidden away by his family and then over-indulgent in blood sports; the embarrassing but dangerous spectacle that was Nero; the triumphant Titus and Trajan; the invisible Big Brother Domitian and the bookish Marcus Aurelius, ridiculed for not being seen to enjoy the games, instead attending to work.

Having forewarned that this subject was far larger than 50 mins would allow, Dr Icks finished up by teasing the listeners with a brief look at where the imperial portrait went from the embarrassing spectacles, conquering imperators, paranoid tyrants and “first among equals” of the principate – the aloof Lord and master chosen by the gods and then God and the increasingly invisible Byzantines, wrapped up in ceremony within their own version of the Forbidden City.

Clearly, this is a subject that has much more to be investigated.

Perhaps there will be a ‘Keeping Up Appearances’ Part 2 and 3? Over a few winter drinks afterwards, the audience certainly seemed to think so.

Peter Crawford


3rd November 2015

The Classical Association in Northern Ireland

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Ancient Rome in a Digital Age

Dr Daniëlle Slootjes

How 3D reconstructions and simulations are valuable for the historical study of crowd behaviour in Ancient Rome

Tuesday 3 November, 6.45 pm
Queen’s University, Lanyon Building, Canada Room

At this week’s first official CANI event of the 2015-2016 programme, Dr Daniëlle Slootjes of the University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands) spoke about “Ancient Rome in a Digital Age”. More and more, archaeologists are collaborating with computer experts to make three-dimensional digital reconstructions of ancient buildings or even complete cities, including Rome itself. Dr Slootjes, who is interested in crowd behaviour and crowd control in premodern cities such as Rome, Constantinople, Paris and London, explored how these 3D reconstructions may be combined with evidence from our literary sources to produce valuable insights. In particular, she wants to examine how ancient crowds moved at particular mass events, such as the triumphal entry of a victorious emperor or games in the Colosseum. The lecture was followed by a lively Q & A session. All in all, it seems the Classical Association in Northern Ireland is off to a good start!

Martijn Icks (QUB)


CAI Summer School 2015

Hosted by the Dublin Branch of the CAI

14th-15th August 2015

 Drama in the Greek and Roman World

Renehan Hall

Old Campus, St Patricks’s College

Maynooth University, Dublin

                             Featuring . . . 

Prof. Fiona MacIntosh (Oxford)

‘Euripides our Contemporary: Dialogues between Shakespeare and the Greeks.’

‘The Rediscovery of Greek Tragedy in the Nineteenth Century.’


 Dr Eoghan Moloney (NUIM) – ‘Courts, kings, and all theatrical things.’


Prof. Michael Lloyd (UCD) – ‘Characterisation in Sophocles.’


Betthany Flanders (TCD) – ‘What makes a “real” Medea? And how to know if you’ve found one…’


SUNDAY 16TH AUGUST – Trip to Belvedere House & Guided Tour


14th August 2015

The Classical Association of Ireland

Cumann Clasaiceach na hÉireann

Notice of Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Association will take place at

Maynooth University, Dublin

on Friday August 14th, 2015, at 7.00 p.m.

18th June 2015

Inaugural Event – The Coleraine Hoard

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.

In a lavishly illustrated joint presentation, Drs Peter Crawford and Raoul McLaughlin took listeners through the history of the discovery of one of Ireland’s most enigmatic hoards of late Roman coinage and hack-silver. The peoples of Ireland and Britain were vividly evoked and the historic traffic of ideas, artefacts and culture between the islands carefully explained. With the very recent finds of Roman rings at Murlough in Dundrum Bay, Roman treasure in Ireland is hot news and the speakers expertly fielded splendid questions from the audience.

The lecture is heading next to the home of the hoard and The Coleraine Historical Society and then on into schools in Northern Ireland. The fate of the hoard itself, now scattered in Belfast and London, prompted the admirable idea of calling for its repatriation in the Ulster Museum.

Watch this space! (JC)

Dr J. R. Curran

Associate Director (undergraduate affairs)

The Institute of Theology

The Queen’s University of Belfast 


“The old, overworked statement that, ‘The Romans never came to Ireland’ no longer represents a widely-held view. If the Irish could raid and trade in Britain, then the Romans could, and did, cross to Ireland. Archaeological finds, including a silver hoard unearthed by a farm labourer near Coleraine in 1854, have taken the discussion of Romano-Irish relations beyond just “trade and raid” into a consideration of more intricate and sophisticated social and political interactions. These include army recruitment, the movement of migrants and even Irish settlements on Roman land”.


16th February 2015

Classics in Communities

 Emma Searle & Arlene Holmes-Henderson

(Faculty of Classics, Oxford University)

Hilary Hodgson  (Classics for All)

Information about teaching approaches, learning and support. Available resources include: course books, online information, downloadable workbooks and teaching materials.  

 ‘How to teach Ancient Greek’ and ‘How to teach Latin’, including practical sessions

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


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


Tour of Monastic County Down with Dr Therese Cullen


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