Poet in the City Presents: Virgil's Aeneid

Lessons on Fleeing, Hope and Resilience

The plight of refugees is not a new phenomenon, yet global crises still persist. Join us for an evening of poetry and discussion considering the lessons of Virgil’s Aeneid in the context of contemporary refugee emergencies.

Virgil’s legendary Aeneid is an epic Latin masterpiece. It tells the tale of Aeneas who flees from Troy, and forges his way across the Mediterranean in search of sanctuary, challenging assimilation and settlement in Italy. When faced with hostile rejection in the story, Virgil documents the bitterness, resentment and conflict that ultimately bred.    

Join us in this event where we will share stories of the journeys made by refugees throughout the ages. We will shine a light on current grassroots support initiatives that have formed within communities in the face of hostile and dehumanising anti-immigration policies, and consider lessons for the future. 

Performers so far confirmed include poet Nick Makoha who has written extensively on migration, and Edith Hall, British scholar of Classics. Excerpts of the Aeneid will be performed by Laura Hanna.

You may also be interested in our Forugh Farrokhzad: The Rebel Poet of 1960s Iran event, on Monday 28 June at Wilton's Music Hall.