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…

Exploring Ancient Greek Music

We were excited to welcome Professor Armand D’Angour virtually to the Classics Centre this morning to run workshops for students from Year Eight to Thirteen introducing what we know about ancient Greek music. Armand explained that we have evidence of Greek music from texts such as the fragment from the chorus of the ancient Greek play…

Krateres and Kylikes: Exploring Greek Pottery

In this week’s lessons, we started by exploring the Greek concept of a symposium, which literally means a “drinking together”. We saw how wine was mixed in beautiful jars called “kraters” and how guests would recline on couches and discuss both serious and trivial matters. We met a game called “kottabos” involving flicking the dregs…

Exploring the Aegean World at the Ashmolean

On Friday 4th February, the Year Eight Latin classes visited the Ashmolean to explore the Aegean World Gallery. Last term, the groups learned about the Minoans and Mycenaeans, and how the English archaeologist Arthur Evans excavated these Bronze Age sites. We looked at many of the fascinating finds he donated to the Ashmolean. The trip…

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…

The Power of the Vote

In the last two lessons we have been exploring one of the most important and exciting ancient Greek inventions: democracy. We looked at the two ancient Greek words which give us the word democracy – “demos” meaning “people” and “kratos” meaning “power”. We discussed how before the Greeks introduced democracy, cities were ruled by “archons”,…

A Morning of Ancient Greek Myths

Today, we were very lucky to be able to welcome Ben Haggarty to the Iris Classics Centre to deliver fascinating and engaging workshops to three different groups. In the first session, Ben encouraged the students to look at some classical objects, such as a Greek jar, and to think about the stories that might lie…

Introducing the Presocratics

We started back this term on a completely new module! After some warm-up Latin verbs and nouns, I explained that we were leaving behind the Trojan War and Dark Ages, and skipping forward in time to around the sixth century BC. Around this time, a group of early thinkers, known as the Presocratics, emerged, and…