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!

Bread and Circuses: The Colosseum and Rome

In last week’s lessons, we started exploring one of the most well-known Roman buildings, which for many people represents the Roman civilisation: the Colosseum. Built around 70/80 AD by the emperors Vespasian and Titus from war treasures from conquests, its architecture and engineering are very impressive. We explored what a day at the amphitheatre (amphitheatre…

Apollo: The Clouds

In the past few weeks, Apollo and Artemis classes have been working on their favourite scenes from Aristophanes’ plays, ready for our very own Dionysia Festival. On the left is a word cloud, and below you can see the poster, trailer, promo blurb and cast list all created by Apollo: The Clouds! Trailer: Poster: on its…

Artemis: Peace

In the past few weeks, Apollo and Artemis classes have been working on their favourite scenes from Aristophanes’ plays, ready for our very own Dionysia Festival. On the left is a word cloud, and below you can see the poster, trailer, promo blurb and cast list all created by Artemis: Peace! Trailer: on its way… Poster:…

Artemis: The Birds

In the past few weeks, Apollo and Artemis classes have been working on their favourite scenes from Aristophanes’ plays, ready for our very own Dionysia Festival. On the left is a word cloud, and below you can see the poster, trailer, promo blurb and cast list all created by Artemis: The Birds! Trailer: Poster: Two feminists…

Artemis: The Frogs

In the past few weeks, Apollo and Artemis classes have been working on their favourite scenes from Aristophanes’ plays, ready for our very own Dionysia Festival. On the left is a word cloud, and below you can see the poster, trailer, promo blurb and cast list all created by Artemis: The Frogs! Trailer: Poster: All the…

Apollo: The Birds

In the past few weeks, Apollo and Artemis classes have been working on their favourite scenes from Aristophanes’ plays, ready for our very own Dionysia Festival. On the left is a word cloud, and below you can see the poster, trailer, promo blurb and cast list all created by Apollo: The Birds! Trailer: Poster: Euelpides and…

Artemis: The Clouds

In the past few weeks, Apollo and Artemis classes have been working on their favourite scenes from Aristophanes’ plays, ready for our very own Dionysia Festival. On the left is a word cloud, and below you can see the poster, trailer, promo blurb and cast list all created by Artemis: The Clouds! Trailer: Poster: Clouds –…

Apollo: The Frogs

In the past few weeks, Apollo and Artemis classes have been working on their favourite scenes from Aristophanes’ plays, ready for our very own Dionysia Festival. On the left is a word cloud, and below you can see the poster, trailer, promo blurb and cast list – all created by Apollo: The Frogs! Watch the…

The City Dionysia and Greek Tragedy

In this week’s lessons we have been continuing to rehearse our Aristophanes plays ready for our Dionysia Festival next month. You also made some word clouds which helped you think about the key themes, characters and ideas in your plays. We then explored the Dionysia and Greek tragedy in more detail. A Dionysia Festival would…

Dionysus and the Bacchae

In this week’s lessons, we have been exploring the god Dionysus and one of the most famous examples of a Greek tragedy. We started the lesson by looking at two Greek words, “thyrsus” and “Bacchae”. After you had transliterated these, I explained what they both meant – a thyrus is a wooden stick with a…

Greek Comedy Project… with a suffrage twist!

In our final lesson of term, we started off by looking at some unusual looking ancient Greek words and transliterating them. Examples included: “epopoi…. poipoipoipoipoi” and “torotorotorotorotix”. You guessed at what these might be, and many of you correctly identified that they were animal sounds. They were in fact sounds made by the birds in…

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…