St. Mary's College Latin teacher Dr James Thorne has been invited to speak at a prestigious international classics conference in the summer. He will address the International Ancient Warfare Conference 2015, which takes place at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth from June 29th until July 2nd. Dr Thorne is an internationally respected expert on ancient warfare and one of the foremost authorities on Julius Caesar's campaigns in Gaul.
Prior to moving to St. Mary's he was a lecturer at the University of Manchester and the University of Wales. He also leads tours to historically important Gallic sites in France and Belgium. Dr Thorne has spoken at a number of high-profile conferences over the years, including events as far afield as Spain. His topics have included the changing face of Roman imperialism and the development of the structures of the Roman Empire, a subject he has also analysed in a number of scholarly journals and encyclopedia articles.
The title of his Aberystwyth address is 'Grand strategy in the early Roman Empire - walking the walk and talking the talk'. Dr Thorne commented, "I am delighted to have been asked to address this important gathering of experts in the classical world. It will be a great opportunity to meet up with some of the distinguished scholars in this subject whose work I have read and greatly admired over the years."
Dr Thorne's speaking engagement follows hot on the heels of another classics success for St. Mary's, the college's outstanding production of the Sophocles tragedy Ajax. This earned such rave reviews that the actors were asked to travel to Greece in early summer to perform the play at a festival at Ancient Olympia, an invitation they were sadly unable to accept due to their upcoming exam commitments.