Virtual meetings and discussions between experts in antiquity and students from all over the world.
A digital and international Classics Festival. This festival was created by the Circolo dei Lettori di Torino (Turin Readers’ Club) and is dedicated to literature, philosophy and ancient history; the 2020 edition had to change format due to the pandemic and was renamed ‘Reloaded’, being held completely online.
The gamble paid off: this year’s meetings, dedicated to the theme ‘Homo sive natura: war, peace and disease through history’, recorded over 600,000 views on Facebook and YouTube, thanks also to the support of Corriere TV. The programme, curated by Luciano Canfora and Ugo Cardinale, was held between 29 November and 4 December 2020 and included discussions, readings, debates, book presentations, theatrical performances and ad hoc lessons for secondary school pupils.
More than 2,400 students joined via Zoom, from 17 Italian regions, and, thanks to the collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, seven Italian schools were also able to attend, from six different countries: Spain, Switzerland, Greece, Russia, Tunisia and Nigeria.
The topics addressed included: The heroes of yesterday and today; Fear and anger in public life; Lucretius and the Imperial Roman Republic; Dictis, non armis: words are more powerful than weapons; Foreigner or barbarian? from Greek culture to the modern day.
Students also had the opportunity to chat with the speakers and engage in journalistic analysis, producing articles and reviews that were then published on festivaldelclassico.it.