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.

James Reilly (Australian)

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James Reilly is an associate professor in northeast Asian politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. His research and teaching are in the areas of Chinese foreign policy, East Asian politics, and international relations. In the department, he teaches undergraduate and post-graduate units on East Asian politics and Chinese politics.