Professor Philip Hardie,the senior research fellow and honorary professor of Latin at Trinity College, Cambridge, braved an unseasonably cold November evening to address the Classical Association.  Professor Hardie has written extensively  on Virgil – in fact, both of my colleagues reminisced on their days as undergraduates  and their regular forays into his study of the Aeneid, Cosmos and Imperium. He has a particular interest in the reception of Latin literature and he has explored the afterlife of Virgil’s great poem in The Last Trojan Hero. However, Professor Hardie turned his attention towards the A level verse set text , book 11 of the Aeneid, arguably the book with which most modern readers are least familiar but which contains some of the most poignant scenes in the poem as well as the one of the most intriguing of Virgil’s creations, the warrior maiden Camilla. The funeral of Pallas, the great Latin war council, Turnus’ plan to ambush Aeneas  and the aristeia and death of Camilla make up four crucial days in Aeneas’ struggle against Turnus. Professor Hardie focused on the first half of the book and, in particular, the theme of mors immatura, to which Virgil returns again and again in his poem and which receives its fullest treatment in the death of Pallas.