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The Song of Arms and a Man - 2 December 2022

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The Latin Qvarter’s unique presentation of Virgil’s Aeneid is read by Emma Kirkby, Llewelyn Morgan, Matthew Hargreaves and Victoria Punch.

George Sharpley’s two-hour adaptation brings this thrilling epic alive, telling the story of Aeneas’ struggle to fulfil his destiny as founder of Rome – from his escape from the burning ruins of Troy to his asylum and heart-breaking affair with the Carthaginian queen Dido and then his reluctant war with the inhabitants of his fated homeland of Italy. Selections of Virgil’s epic verse are read in the original Latin interspersed with an English narration which tells the whole story of the poem.

The Song of Arms and a Man echoes the ancient culture of public performance of poetry, and is accompanied with live music from the ancient aulos specialist, Callum Armstrong.

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