Classical Evidence

A Cambridge Classics expert and former Headington teacher shared his expertise with girls at a special event.

On Friday 5th November, Dr Henry Tang, teaching associate at Sidney Sussex Cambridge, gave an interesting and evocative talk that considered the evidence we have and the problems of the copying texts in ancient manuscripts and how differences in texts occur.

Dr Tang intrigued the girls by presenting a variety of suggestions as to how and why researchers may be inaccurate in translating ancient texts. He explored how items as small as spelling mistakes and dittography can hugely affect our interpretations of important historical documents.

Mrs Louise Workman, Head of Classics at Headington School said: “It was a delight to be able to invite Dr Tang back to Headington, hear about his research and work since leaving the School but also see him wow the girls with something which they rarely consider during their school studies.”