Katy Cawkwell, Storyteller                                   Exeter, UK

Roman Myths and Legends

 

1. Tales from a Roman Dinner Party

The guests and stories are as follows:

 

1. The great-grandson of Athenodorus tells a ghost story (source: Pliny)

 

2. The younger Pliny tells the story of his uncle's death in the eruption of Vesuvius (source: Pliny)

 

3. Suetonius Paulinus, the retired governor of Britain, tells the story of the Boudican revolt (sources: Tacitus, Cassius Dio)

 

4. Plutarch tells the legend of Romulus and Remus and the founding of Rome (source: Plutarch, Livy)

 

The performance lasts an hour.  Suitable for Y6+

However, Romulus and Remus (30 mins) can be told for Y3+ and combined with other Roman myths if wanted.

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It's AD80 and we are at a dinner party at a villa in the countryside outside Rome.  

 

The host issues a challenge to his guests to entertain the others with a story, with a prize for the best.  

2. The Story of Aeneas

Katy tells episodes from the story of the Aeneas, the prince of Troy, who fled from the ruins of his city with his old father and his little son, to set sail into the west in search of a new life.  There are strong resonances here with current refugee migration in the Mediterranean.  Aeneas' sense of duty to the gods, who have mapped out his destiny as founding father of the Roman Empire, means he must abandon Dido, the woman he loves, along the way, with disasterous consequences.  

 

Katy studied Classics at Oxford and is very familiar with the whole of Vergil's great poem: she is happy to tailor a performance to cover the particular books of interest to your students.  She also had a simple, overview version of the story, more suitable for KS2/KS3 audiences learning about Roman Mythology for the first time.