Writer, broadcaster and classics scholar Natalie Haynes (The Children of Jocasta) believes the classical world is relevant to modern life. Natalie, a former stand-up comedian, explains that modern comedy techniques come straight from ancients Aristophanes and Juvenal; sci-fi probably dates to the 2nd century; and the Greek myths play a major role in Harry Potter. Spanning areas including law, politics, religion, philosophy and culture, Natalie explores how the modern world makes more sense when refracted through the prism of the ancient world.

Supported by the University of Sydney

Natalie Haynes (International)

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Natalie Haynes is a broadcaster and comedian and the author of The Amber Fury and The Ancient Guide to Modern Life. She also writes for the Guardian and The Independent. She has spoken widely on the modern relevance of the classical world. Her latest book The Children of Jocasta will be published in early May.

Peter Marks (Australian)

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Peter Marks is Professor of English Literature and Chair of the Department of English Literature at the University of Sydney. He is the author of British Filmmakers: Terry Gilliam, George Orwell: Literature, Politics and the Periodical Culture, and Imagining Surveillance: Eutopian and Dystopian Literature and Film. He has just completed British Literature of the 1990s: Endings and Beginnings, which will be published later this year.