What is it about classical mythology that, after centuries, the artists in 'Strange Friends' are still drawing inspiration from the characters, myths and histories of ancient Greece and Rome? From Sam Mitchell’s modernised depictions of Circe and Cassandra to Alan Ibell’s Orpheus and Eurydice inspired 'Vision of a Depleted Spring', classical references abound. Join us as Senior Lecturer in Classical Studies, Diana Burton, tells us all about the stories and myths behind these artworks.

Diana Burton is a Senior Lecturer in the Classics Programme at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington, and is also Associate Dean (Students), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She teaches courses on ancient Greek art, death, religion, myth, and literature, as well as ancient Greek language. She is currently working on a monograph on the god Hades. She is also developing a series of articles on votive dedications in Greek religion, and working on a new volume of CVA, publishing ancient vases in New Zealand collections. She is the Curator of the Victoria University Classics Museum, and also collaborates with Zach Challies and Bernard Guy from the School of Architecture and Design Innovation on a project to scan and make 3D prints of items from the Classics Museum.


  • Free


  • Sun 28 Jan


  • 2:00 pm — 3:00 pm


  • 45 Laings Road
  • Lower Hutt, New Zealand