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…

Classics Summer School, 22nd – 24th August 2022

We are delighted to be offering our eighth annual Classics Summer School this August at the Iris Classics Centre at Cheney School in Oxford. It will take place on the mornings of 22nd, 23rd and 24th August. This year the summer school will be themed on sea myths! The format for each day will be…

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…

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 –…

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…