Autumn is here and with it one of the best things about living in Cheltenham: the Literature Festival. The Classics Department has been royally entertained over the last few days: Tom Holland on his new book, Dominion, which places Christianity at the very centre of the philosophical and ethical make-up of Western civilisation and beyond and Oxford Classics professor, Armand d’Angour on Socrates and the platonic dialogue, the Symposium. Mary Beard and Llewelyn Morgan continued their series How To Read A Latin Poem (this may well be their tenth year) with a wonderfully entertaining exploration of the Epicurean world of the Roman poet, Lucretius. The interplay of two brilliant academics who at times expressed diametrically opposed views about the “entertainment value” of reading Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura delighted and informed the audience in equal measure.