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…

Work on New Classics Centre Banner Begins

This term, thirteen students from Years Seven and Eight are working with local mosaicist Clare Goodall to turn the winning entry in last term’s Classics Banner competition into a beautiful mosaic sign for the Iris Classics Centre to replace the old, faded one. The winning entry below was designed by Peter Goodrich Jones, and chosen…

Io Saturnalia!

In our last lesson of term, we celebrated Roman-style with a Saturnalia. The Romans celebrated one of their moment important festivals starting on 17th December. People would decorate their homes with wreaths, exchange gifts with poems attached, have banquets and wear colourful clothes. They even wore a hat, called a “pilleus”. All this probably sounds…

Introducing the Mycenaeans

In today’s lesson, we began to explore the Mycenaean Civilisation. The Mycenaeans flourished from around 1600 BC to around 1100 BC, and the Linear B tablets at Knossos and on other sites are some of the pieces of evidence we have which show that they invaded these Minoan sites and took over their palaces. We…