Alongside its many courses and regular publications, the Malta Classics Association is also committed to reaching out to the academic community and the general public at large by means of public lectures about a variety of different classics-related subjects throughout the year. Since its foundation in 2011, the MCA has used these public lectures to highlight the interconnectivity of Classics with a host of other subjects, including Medicine, Philosophy, Archaeology and History. For an idea of the kind of lectures that the MCA has organised in the past and hopes to organise in the future, browse the list below. To keep yourself updated about our future events, follow this website or our Facebook page, or register as a full MCA member to receive regular updates in your inbox.

Public Lectures in 2023

– 4th January – Decentering Europe Two Ways: Swimming and the Slave Trade in Classical Antiquity by Prof. Karen Carr.

Public Lectures in 2022

– 11th November – Golden Mummies of Egypt: Death and the Afterlife in Graeco-Roman Egypt by Dr Campbell Price.
– 28th October – Fashioning Socrates: The Sage, the Fool, and the Octopus. by Prof. Jean-Paul de Lucca as part of the MAPL Series. Held at the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta.
– 15th July – Church Crisis: Documents Missing, Misplaced or Misconducted? by Prof. Horatio C.R. Vella. Held at the Department of Classics and Archaeology, University of Malta.
– 1st April – Civil Strife as the Foundation of Classical Greek Political Thought by Francois Zammit.
– 9th March – Ancient Greek Mathematicians by Andrew Debono Cauchi, organised in collaboration with the Malta Mathematical Society. Held at the University of Malta.

Public Lectures in 2021

– 5th November – Ancient Greek Tragedy as Performance by Dr Mario Frendo. Held at the Carmelite Convent in Mdina.
– 16th July – The Sacred Numbers by Prof. Horatio C.R. Vella.
– 23th April – The Emergence of Dower in Late Antique Roman Law by Samuel Azzopardi.
– 9th April – An Introduction to the Bishop’s Tribunal by Rev. Fr. Nicholas J. Doublet.

Public Lectures in 2020

– 27th February – The Ancient Mediterranean Calendar by Prof. Horatio C.R. Vella.

Public Lectures in 2019

– 7th December – The Greeks and Romans in Malta by Prof. Horatio C.R. Vella.
– 16th July – The Sacred Numbers by Prof. Horatio C.R. Vella.
– 16th May Ritual Purity in the Correspondence between Gregory the Great and Augustine of Canterbury by Rev. Prof. Hector Scerri.

Public Lectures in 2018

– 7th December – He Alone in Homer and Vergil’s Aeneid by Prof. Horatio C.R. Vella.
– 16th November – “Bhasa” by Prof. Michael Zammit.
– 26th October – The First Annual Malta Plato Lecture Series (MAPL) by Prof. Joe Friggieri.

Public Lectures in 2017

– 7th December – Pursuit, Flight and Frigidity – Ovid’s Myth of Apollo and Daphne by Prof. Gloria Lauri Lucente
– 20th January – The Labyrinth by Prof. Schoonhoven

Public Lectures in 2016

– 7th December – Christianity in Homer and Vergil by Prof. Horatio Vella
– 29th October – The Metaphysics of Light by Prof. Michael Zammit
– 8th July – From Wine to Olive Oil: excavations Conducted at the Roman Villa Site at Zejtun by the University of Malta, 2006-2014 by Prof. Nicholas Vella
– 10th June – Our Common Ancestors by Prof. Horatio Vella
– 13th May – Thomas More and the Transmission of Cicero’s De Legibus by Dr Jean-Paul De Lucca

Public Lectures in 2015

– 7 December – a public lecture by Dr Dennis Mizzi
– 29th May – The relevance of the Classics Today by Dr Biagio Vella
– 20th March – The Serpent, the Moon and the Underworld by Prof. Horatio Vella

Public Lectures in 2014

– 9th March – The Classics in Biological Nomenclature by Prof. Lanfranco
– 17th January – Mount Athos by Dr Zammit

Public Lectures in 2013

– 12th April – Ancient Astronomy by Prof. Ventura
– 13th March – Socrates’ Great Palinode: A Discussion by Dr Jurgen Gatt
– 19th March – Hollywood and Rome by Prof. Stephen Harrison
– 22nd February – The Descent into Hades: Orpheus, Odysseus and Aeneas by Prof. Peter Vassallo
– 18th January – Plato’s Republic – A Book for all Seasons by Prof. Joe Friggieri

Public Lectures in 2012

– 12th October – a public lecture relating to Marine Archaeology by Dr Timmy Gambin
– 21st August – The Name of Gozo by Prof. Horatio C.R. Vella
– 27th April – The Eutyphro by Dr Jurgen Gatt
– 17th February – The Archaeological Relevance of Petronius – Some Reflections by Prof. Anthony Bonanno

Public Lectures in 2011

– 25th November – a public lecture by Prof. Peter Vassallo
– 14th October – The Greek Element in Maltese Culture by Prof. Stanley Fiorini
– 6th September – Music and Emotion In Ancient Greece and China by Prof David E. Cooper
– 3rd May – The Persephone Myth in Literature by Prof. Peter Vassallo
– 21st February – Trinachia: the Island of Malta by Prof. Horatio C.R. Vella