As part of the closing lecture event, participation certificates will be awarded to qualified attendees and the 2016 seminar program will be unveiled.
Presenter: Anthony Alexander
In this talk Anthony Alexander will set out the various ways in which in which his career as a lawyer benefitted from the classical education he received at school and university, particularly from his studies of Ancient Greek, and how it was that he returned to the classics after retiring from the law. There is so much to learn from the masterpieces of the ancient world. Not everything, of course, is admirable – for example slavery and the constant preoccupation with warfare are less attractive aspects – but the range of works of the finest quality is broad indeed. Examples will be outlined explaining the importance, the relevance and, in many cases, the sheer beauty of what the ancients have left us and why this has led me back to the classics after a full career in the law.
Anthony Alexander studied Latin and Ancient Greek at a major private school in London and subsequently gained a degree in Classics at Cambridge University. He then switched to Law and eventually qualified as a solicitor. He practised for over thirty years at one of the leading law firms in the City of London where his experience included:
- Major international acquisitions and disposals in a number of industries including utilities, insurance and retail.
- Advice to a number of governments in Central and Eastern Europe on their privatisation programmes and the development of their commercial legal infrastructure.
- As Professional Ethics Partner, advising members of the firm on all aspects of professional ethics, and giving lectures to the firm on this subject.
After retiring from the law in 2003 Anthony and his wife, who is Australian, came to live in Sydney and since 2005 he has been teaching Ancient Greek at all levels, and a little Latin, at The University of Sydney.
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