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…

Persephone in the Underworld: New Perspectives on Ancient Stories

In today’s lessons, we were very fortunate to be visited by three students from the University of Oxford’s Greek Drama team, Nina, Ollie and Charlotte, who delivered workshops introducing their forthcoming musical production at the Oxford Playhouse, Persephone. Persephone is a retelling of the myth of Persephone’s abduction to the Underworld by the Greek god…

Cronus and The Golden Age

In this week’s lessons, we looked at one of the most well-known primordial gods: a Titan called Cronus. We saw how Cronus overpowered his own father, Ouranos, at the encouragement of his mother, Gaia, but then he himself was troubled by a similar prophecy that his own child would rise up against him. As a result,…

Workshop with artist Lydia Hall

In today’s lessons, we were 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 detailing the Olympians in the Underworld, as imagined by you!…

Classics Centre Banner Competition!

Over many years, the original banner above the window of the classics centre has been bleached by the sun, so we are in need of a new one! We are therefore launching a school wide competition to design a new banner for the Classics Centre. We are very fortunate that classicist Professor Mary Beard will…

Dinner with some Olympians and Chthonic Gods

In our third lesson, we invited Apollo and Artemis classes to a feast of the gods! There were two tables laid out with place names, menus and various items. One table, with black table cloths, represented some of the chthonic (underworld) gods and creatures, whereas the other table, with white table cloths, represented the Olympians….

The Parthenon Frieze and Introducing Comics

We kicked off our second lesson with a quiz on on the vocabulary from chapter one, including a mixture of translation and word derivation questions. We then recapped the translation from chapter one of Telling Tales in Latin, and we explored what sort of story this was. The classes spotted straightaway that it was a…

Unravelling the Fates

In this week’s lesson, we first looked at some clips from a film called The Adjustment Bureau. This features a group of men who appear to represent fate. They keep a close eye on everyone’s lives, and nudge people back in line if they are somehow veering away from their ‘plan’. The ancient Greeks grappled, just as…

Classics Summer School: 23rd, 24th and 25th August 2021

This week, we held our seventh annual classics summer school at Cheney, themed on ancient cities! 35 children aged between seven and twelve arrived each morning to take part in Latin and ancient Greek lessons with a team of volunteer teachers, as well as engaging in a range of craft activities themed on different cities…

Dionysia 2021: Aristophanes Under Lockdown

We are delighted to announce our sixth annual Dionysia Festival. We are planning for performances to be recorded on Tuesday 29th June, 2 – 4pm, at the auditorium at Corpus Christi College. The Year Eight Latinists have been working very hard to adapt four well-known ancient Greek comedies to the modern day. Aristophanes was an…

Dionysia 21: Clouds

Money is running low, and his kid is out of control, so he turns to the dodgy man Socrates who runs a school known as The Thinkery. However, not everything is as it seems… The school is supposed to help difficult children, but clues and hints are scattered suggesting the school’s true nature. Join our…