Welcome

Welcome to Year Eight Classics! There are two Year Eight groups, Apollo and Artemis. Follow our journey through this year as we learn all about Latin, as well as exploring a range of civilisations, stories, histories and archaeology!

Diseases of Modern Life: Workshop and Challenge

We were very privileged today to be able to welcome Professor Sally Shuttleworth and Dr Catherine Cherlwood from the University of Oxford Humanities Centre (TORCH) to our lesson to introduce an exciting project on the theme of ‘Diseases of Modern Life’. This forms part of our wider engagement with objects and museum learning. We started…

Minoan Art!

To finish our module on the Minoans and Mycenaeans, Apollo and Artemis classes were tasked with either producing their own Minoan-inspired art, or writing a diary account of the last days of Knossos. There have been some fabulously imaginative diary accounts, with many incorporating the evidence we have been exploring in the past few weeks…

Mycenaean Weapons and Warfare

In our first lesson this week, we looked at Mycenaean weaponry and warfare. The Mycenaean period was the around the time that the Trojan War is thought to have taken place, so warriors such as Achilles, Hector and Agamemnon were all Mycenaean era fighters. Mycenaean weaponry and armour seems to have gradually changed. Near the…

Visit to the Aegean World Gallery

This Friday in our usual lesson slots, Apollo and Artemis, visited the Ashmolean Museum to explore their beautiful Aegean World Gallery and complete a trail. This term, have been learning about the Minoans and Mycenaeans, and how the English archaeologist Arthur Evans famously excavated these Bronze Age sites. We have talked about how he brought…

The Olympian Gods

In this week’s lesson, we explored the twelve Olympian Greek gods, their Roman counterparts and where our ideas about these gods come from. The twelve Olympian gods are well-known, with the final place in the pantheon being given sometimes to Dionysus and sometimes to Hestia. They can be found depicted in ancient times on places…

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…

The Fall of the Minoans

In this week’s lesson, Apollo and Artemis explored a possible reason why the Minoan Civilisation, with its beautiful, unfortified palaces, and its incredible technology, was overthrown by the Mycenaeans. We discussed how the Minoans did extensive trade, and probably had a very strong naval presence, which would have helped prevent attack, and may explain why…

Labyrinths!

Since last week, Apollo and Artemis classes have been working on their labyrinth homework, taking up the challenge of designing and building their own labyrinths in all sorts of inventive and artistic ways. Every single labyrinth that has been handed in so far (there are a few on their way on Monday!) has been thoughtful…

Numbers and Ideograms

Apollo and Artemis classes were very lucky to have been able to welcome Dr Philomen Probert to their lessons this week. Philomen is a lecturer at the Department of Linguistics and Classics at the University of Oxford, and she visited the groups to show how Linear B worked and what it was used for. She…

Piecing Together the Palace

In our second lesson, we have been exploring the challenges of reconstructing the past from fragments of archaeological evidence. We looked at some of the striking reconstructions of the palace at Knossos which Sir Arthur Evans undertook; these have been a big part of what has made visiting and viewing the ancient site so alluring…