Myth-in-a-Minute: Daily Challenge

Over the next few days and weeks of schools closure, we are starting a new myth challenge to keep everyone on their toes! Every morning, we will post a photo on our blog with a title and four or five objects which give clues to a particular classical myth. Do email us on info@irisproject.org.uk –…

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…

Iris Classics Summer School: 26th – 28th August

We are delighted to be offering our sixth annual Classics Summer School this August at the Iris Classics Centre at Cheney School in Oxford. It will take place on the mornings of 26, 27 and 28th August. This year the summer school will be themed on transformation myths! The format for each day will be…

Myths for the Modern Age

The Greeks and Romans had lots of inventive stories to explain how birds, trees, mountains, rocks, islands, and many other things came into being, but since classical times, we don’t have any new Greek and Roman myths to explain things. As a final lockdown project of the year, Year Eight Classics students have been inventing…

Sky Tales

Following on from our Garden Tales, we are starting our Sky Tale series. Each day, we will produce a different sheet detailing a bird, some facts about it, the myth explaining how it came into being, and some activities for children. You can download the sheets from the Iris Project website here, as well as viewing…

Garden Tales Series

We are starting a new lockdown project this Monday! Each day, we will produce a different sheet detailing a plant, its Latin name, some facts about its use by the Greeks and Romans, the myth explaining how it came into being, and some activities for children! You can download the sheets from the Iris Project…

Aristophanes in the Time of Covid

In our final lessons with Year Eight Classics students before the lockdown began, we had been exploring ancient Greek theatre, and as their a home project after schools closed, the students set to work on adapting ancient comedy to the modern age. Working in digital groups or alone, they produced trailers, posters, masks, and updated…

Frogs by Alice

Here is my mask: Here is my trailer. Here is my poster: Here is my backdrop: Scene/part of my play updated to a modern setting During Xanthias and Dionysus’ way to the underworld, they do not only come across the frogs, which in my adaptation to the play are blue and there are 7 of…

Frogs by Elsie and Mary

 Frogs  See the trailer here!  By Aristophanes  As interpreted by Mary Woodard and Elsie Williams  Dion: Well there goes the one thing I was looking forward to this week… Xanthe: God, I’m so bored. What’s the point any more? Dion: When was there ever a point? (puts headphones in and starts to play music) (Xanthe…

Frogs by Sam

Here is my trailer. Below is my mask: Below is my backdrop for the stage: And finally, a poster!

Birds by Grace

Mask: Poster: Watch the Trailer here! Updated Scene: (Exit METON and enter BORIS JOHNSON) BORIS Where is Pithetaerus? PITHETAERUS Who are you? BORIS I have been elected to come to Cloudcuckooland as a politician. PITHETAERUS A politician! And who sends you here? BORIS The people! PITHETAERUS Yeah right. Will you just pocket your salary, do…

Birds 2020

Here is Birds Updated by Bella. Her mask is here: Her poster is here: Her adapted script is here: (SCENE:- Athens. EUELPIDES and PITHETAERUS enter with birds on their hands) EUELPIDES (to his bird) So which way now? PITHETAERUS (to his bird) What? You think I should go that way? EUELPIDES (listening to his bird)…