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The Gilbert Murray Essay Competition

The Gilbert Murray Essay Competition is an annual contest for Scottish schools. Students can enter individually or through their school and there are four different age categories, covering P6 up to S6.


Younger entrants can choose to draw a picture of a monster from mythology or imagine a day in the life of a Roman cat. Other categories include the chance to design a brochure to sell a house in Pompeii or write a sports report on an event from the ancient world. For older students, essay topics span the Odyssey, the Aeneid and the story of Diana and Actaeon.

To find out more, visit the Classical Association of Scotland's website.

Fri 28 Oct 2022

Thinking about joining?

You don’t have to have studied classics at university or know any Latin or Greek to join Glasgow and West Classics – we welcome anyone who loves the ancient world. You might be a classics teacher, a current or former student, or maybe just someone who’s read I, Claudius too many times to remember. Whatever your background in classics, we’d love to meet you.

For just £15 a year, you’ll get free entry to all of our in-person talks as well as access to member-only events, online sessions and our spring outing – more on that to come later this year!

To find out more, come and say hello at our launch event at Hillhead Library on Byres Road on Monday October 3 at 6.30pm. If you’d like to join before then or if you’ve got any questions about who we are and what we do, please send us a message through the contact form on our home page or email us at

Mon 29 Aug 2022

Welcome back!

After a two-year break, we’re delighted to announce the return of Glasgow and West Classics with a great programme of events and a new venue where we can meet up in person again. As well as talks from leading experts, we’re also planning online events, advice sessions for teachers and a spring outing – keep an eye on the website for updates.

Our official relaunch will be on Monday 3 October at Hillhead Library when we’ll be joined by the brilliant Jennifer Shearer to talk about classics in the classroom. As well as members, the event is open to anyone who is interested in finding out more about who we are and what we do. We welcome anyone with an interest in the ancient world and we’re always happy to meet potential new members – and there’s usually tea and biscuits!


Not a member yet or want to know more? Send us a message through the contact form on our home page or email us at

Thu 25 Aug 2022

Record number of women elected to the British Academy

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Fri 19 Aug 2022

The British Academy has welcomed to its Fellowship a record number of female academics in recognition of their achievements in the humanities and social sciences.

Professor Catherine Steel, Professor of Classics, University of Glasgow is one of the 85 Fellows who have been elected to the Fellowship.

Professor Steel, who is a historian of Rome and is based at the School of Humanities, said: "I am delighted and honoured by this recognition from the British Academy for my research on the Roman Republic, and I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to the Academy’s mission in supporting the Humanities and Social Sciences."

Fifty-two Fellows were elected from 24 universities across the UK. Of those, 29 (56%) are women – the highest proportion of women ever elected. The Fellowship has elected a further 29 Corresponding Fellows (55% female) from universities in North America, India, South Africa, Hong Kong, Lebanon and Tanzania, as well as four Honorary Fellows.

The newly elected Fellows represent a diverse range of specialisms, including the classice, disability and law African history to education and social stratification.

The new Fellows of the British Academy join a community of over 1,600 leading minds that make up the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences. Current Fellows include the classicist Professor Dame Mary Beard, the historian Professor Rana Mitter and philosopher Professor Baroness Onora O’Neill, while current Honorary Fellows include Melvyn Bragg, Baroness Brenda Hale and Gary Younge.

Welcoming the new Fellows, Professor Julia Black, President of the British Academy, said: "I am delighted to welcome these distinguished and pioneering scholars to our Fellowship. I am equally delighted that we have so many new female Fellows. While I hope this means that the tide is finally turning for women in academia, there is still much to do to make the research world diverse and open to all.

“With our new Fellows’ expertise and insights, the Academy is better placed than ever to open new seams of knowledge and understanding and to enhance the wellbeing and prosperity of societies around the world. I congratulate each of our new Fellows on their achievement and look forward to working with them.”

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