Thinking about the ancient world can serve as a safe space to explore the issues behind modern social conflict. At the same time, trying to understand ancient individuals as they faced the issues of ‘daily life’ can help us to reach a deeper understanding of the their world and our own. As part of the Ancient Faces and Voices project, we asked sixth-form students to help us understand two ancient stories of family crisis by writing and performing short monologues. Here are the resulting podcasts.
The Acts of Paul and Thecla, a second-century story set in the first century, tells the story of Thecla, a teenaged bride-to-be who rejects an arranged marriage despite the pleas of her mother Theiocleia and her fiance Thamyris (Click on the black box to the right for a short intro by Professor Kate Cooper.)
Rupert imagines a disappointed Theiocleia. –>
The Prison Diary of Perpetua is a first-person narrative written by Perpetua, a young woman who ignores the pleas of her desperate father Vibius, her infant child and the dictates of the Roman procurator Hilarianus, standing up for her faith to be martyred in the arena of third-century Carthage. (Click the black box on the left for a short intro by Professor Kate Cooper).
Matt sees a broken Vibius. –>