The Wrath of Achilles

In last week’s lessons, we started with a recap activity to help remind you all on what happened in book one of the Iliad. You were asked in groups to create a cartoon summary of the key events of the book and then to present your summary to the class. You all remembered key bits…

Storytelling with Ben Haggarty

On Friday 16th November, we were very fortunate to be able to welcome professional storyteller Ben Haggarty to the classics centre to perform a retelling of classical myth to Year Eight and Nine Classics students. Ben amalgamated two well-known stories, the myth of the birth of Dionysus and the myth of Orpheus descending to the…

Epithets in Homer

This week, we have been looking at one of the very distinctive features of Homer’s poetry. In almost every line of the Iliad and Odyssey, you can find an epithet – and adjective which is frequently associated with particular individuals, places or objects. We looked at some of the epithets associated with Achilles – swift-footed,…

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…