Pick ‘n’ Styx: A Graphic Novel

We are delighted to announce that we are holding a book launch for “Pick ‘n’ Styx”, a graphic novel written by Year Eight Classics students at Cheney School is now out! You can read the full book here (please click on the cover): Last autumn, our Year Eight Latin students created Primordial Soup, a graphic…

Welcome

Welcome to the Iris Classics Centre’s 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…

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 –…

Dionysia 2022: Apollo’s Frogs

Dionysia 2022 presents The Frogs! A dynamic and ambitious director decides to make her mark by directing an exciting new interpretation of Aristophanes’ Frogs. However, her eclectic cast of actors have other things on their mind. Will she manage to hold it together? And who will get the best singer back from Hades to save…

Dionysia 2022: Clouds

Dionysia 2022 Presents The Clouds A government in crisis (and in discos)… Boris Johnson sends the dim-witted MP for Slough to the Thinkery, run by the dodgy Socrates, so he can learn how to argue Boris out of the partygate scandal. Will he be able to get Boris out of this mess? Find out in…

Dionysia 2022: Peace

Dionysia 2022 presents Peace! It is the end of the pandemic and everyone wants to stop lockdown… But someone has trapped Peace behind bars, taking away any hope of an end to the situation. Can she be freed? Cast List Narrator: All War/Boris Johnson: Josh Havoc/Chief advisor to Boris Johnson: Tomasso Peace/End to lockdown: Claire…

Dionysia 2022: Artemis’ Frogs

Dionysia 2022 presents Artemis’ Frogs! It’s the depths of Hades, and Dionysus is struggling to choose the best poet to bring back, to cheer everyone up after months of lockdowns and/or partying. How will he choose? Watch the contest to end all contests as Euripides and Aeschylus battle it out to become the best poet…

New Mosaic Sign Installed!

Yesterday, after months of work by Year Seven and Eight students at Cheney School, a mosaic sign featuring the goddess Iris was installed at the Iris Classics Centre at Cheney. The design was chosen by Professor Mary Beard as part of a competition with a range of designs submitted by students. Last autumn, the Iris…

The Greek Underworld comes to Cheney

On Friday 1st April, the Rumble Museum Council brought the ancient Greek Underworld “to life” for Cheney students and staff, and a wide range of visitors. On arrival, visitors were introduced to Charon, the ferryman, before being asked to pay him an obol for entry. Some students were running an obol-making stall to help people…

Black Classicists Exhibition at the Iris Classics Centre in April

An exhibition celebrating the important role of African Americans in the field of Classics will be on display at the Iris Classics Centre at Cheney in April. You can find out more about the exhibition here. The exhibition website explains: The African American men and women featured in this installation taught Greek and Latin at the…

Libation and Greek artefacts with Professor Amy Smith

We were delighted to welcome Professor Amy Smith from the Ure Museum and University of Reading this week to talk to Year Eights through to Thirteens about ancient Greek religious artefacts. Amy talked about the role of libation in ancient Greek life, and showed us examples of libation vessels such as lekythoi (such as the…