New Story Book! Telling Tales in Nature – Underworld Tales

We’re delighted to announce a brand new story and information book: Telling Tales in Nature: Underworld Tales. Myths rooted in plants are very common, and Greek mythology has its fair share. Despite the Greek Underworld being a place for the dead, there are a number of plants that are associated with the place in ancient…

Welcome

Welcome to the Iris Classics Centre‚Äôs blog! The Iris Classics Centre, hosted at Cheney School, is a vibrant community learning venue for people of all ages to attend events, workshops, lessons, and exhibitions. The Centre opened in October 2013, and a schedule of events is available on our website. The Centre is founded and run…

Musical Storytelling Performance

On Tuesday 13th December, three storytellers, Pandvani 108, will be spending the day at the Iris Classics Centre at Cheney School delivering exciting performances for students. Along with three musicians playing sitar, bass, electric guitar, tabla, dohl, French horn and other instruments, they will tell tales of deception and illusion from Greek, Indian, Norse and…

Linear B Workshops

Year Eight Latinists were very lucky to welcome Dr Philomen Probert to their lessons this week. Philomen is a lecturer at the Department of Linguistics and Classics at the University of Oxford, and she visited to show how Linear B worked and what it was used for. She brought a range of different examples of…

Creating stories set in Minoan Crete

In this week’s lessons, we are very lucky to be joined by local artist Lydia Hall. Lydia will be working with you over the next few weeks on your graphic novel short stories, and eventually turning your stories, sketches and characters into a published graphic novel set in Minoan times and incorporating some of the…

What’s in the Jars?

For our next lesson, we looked at an area of the Palace at Knossos which appeared on the site map as lots of very long, very narrow rooms. There were various interesting guesses from the groups about what these rooms might be for. Suggestions included a gallery or slave rooms. In fact, these were storage…

Introducing the Labyrinth!

We started this term’s first lesson by discussing what a labyrinth was and where the idea of a labyrinth originated – the story Theseus, the Minotaur, Ariadne, and Daedalus’ dark and complicated maze. Archaeologist Arthur Evans had long been obsessed with finding the civilisation behind the labyrinth story; when he uncovered the remains of a…

Classics Summer School, 22nd – 24th August 2022

This week, we were delighted to run our eighth annual classics summer school at the Iris Classics Centre at Cheney! Over forty children aged seven to eleven arrived on the first morning to take part in a range of sea myth-themed activities over three days, as well as being introduced to Latin or ancient Greek…

Penelopiad Workshop and Performance

This week,  our GCSE Latin group were very fortunate to have been involved in an exciting project led by Professor Fiona Macintosh at the University of Oxford, and a team of musicians, directors and composers. The project involved a workshop at Cheney on Tuesday 7th June, followed by a special invitation to a performance at…

Dionysia 2022: The Partygate Edition

Yesterday morning, Year Eight Latinists performed for our seventh annual Dionysia Festival! This year’s festival took place on Friday 27th May at the auditorium at Corpus Christi College. The Year Eight Latinists had been working very hard to adapt four well-known ancient Greek comedies to the modern day. Aristophanes was an ancient Athenian playwright, and…

Dionysia 2022: The Birds

Dionysia 2022 presents The Birds! Boris and Matt Hancock, sick and tired of the public hassling them over breaking the rules they made, decide to found a new city in the sky. How will they achieve their dream of the perfect city? What will they call it? And who will help – or hinder –…