Dionysia 2021: Aristophanes Under Lockdown

We are delighted to announce our sixth annual Dionysia Festival on Tuesday 29th May, 2 – 4pm, at the auditorium at Corpus Christi College. The Year Eight Latinists have been working very hard to adapt four well-known ancient Greek comedies to the modern day. Aristophanes was an ancient Athenian playwright, and he was renowned for…

Dionysia 21: Clouds

Money is running low, and his kid is out of control, so he turns to the dodgy man Socrates who runs a school known as The Thinkery. However, not everything is as it seems… The school is supposed to help difficult children, but clues and hints are scattered suggesting the school’s true nature. Join our…

Dionysia 21: Peace

The try guys, Hermes and the chaotic chorus travel to rescue peace while struggling with trying to maintain quiet and keep within the Covid restrictions. The chaotic chorus love to dance and have fun! But in the meantime, Peace is gradually becoming more bored at home…. Cast List Trygayus 1 – Tess Gimson Trygayus 2…

Dionysia 21: Birds

Welcome to London, where two mortals named Euelpides and Pithetareus are fed up with everything from politicians to social restrictions… So fed up in fact that they decide to leave earth entirely and found a new city named…. Waitrose! (actually no, it’s not Waitrose, it’s Cloud Cuckoo land but don’t tell them that). There they…

Dionysia 21: Frogs

As Keir Starmer ventures through the streets of London in a quest to find a cure for Covid-19, his journey is interrupted by a group of three protestors. Will he be able to escape this encounter, or will he fall for their delusions and lies? Brekekekex…. Covax… Covax… Cast List Keir Starmer – Adam Diesel…

Classics Summer School: 23rd, 24th and 25th August 2021

We are delighted to be offering our seventh annual Classics Summer School this August at the Iris Classics Centre at Cheney School in Oxford. It will take place on the mornings of 23rd, 24th and 25th August. This year the summer school will be themed on ancient cities! The format for each day will be…

Guest Post by Khusrau Islam: Thebes in Ancient Myth

Khusrau Islam is a 21 year-old student studying Classics at Exeter College, Oxford. His main interests are Greek epic and 5th century BCE Athens. Having benefitted from a privileged access to Latin and Greek from a young age, he is looking for any chance to spread his enthusiasm to any budding classicists. In his spare…

The City Dionysia and Greek Theatre

In this term’s lessons we have been continuing to rehearse our Aristophanes plays ready for our Dionysia Festival next month! We have also explored the Dionysia and Greek comedy and tragedy. A Dionysia Festival would have had a very different atmosphere from a theatre experience today. It started with a solemn procession of the “choregoi”…

Guest Post by Khusrau Islam: Greek Theatre

Khusrau Islam is a 21 year-old student studying Classics at Exeter College, Oxford. His main interests are Greek epic and 5th century BCE Athens. Having benefitted from a privileged access to Latin and Greek from a young age, he is looking for any chance to spread his enthusiasm to any budding classicists. In his spare…

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…