Clouds 2020

Here is Clouds Updated by Peter, Daan and Kiran. Here is their poster: Here is their chorus mask: Here is their trailer. They have updated a scene in their script: (SCENE:- Outside STREPSIADES’ house. STREPSIADES and PHEIDIPPIDES are both lying in bed, apparently asleep. PHEIDIPPIDES farts.) STREPSIADES Oh! I can’t sleep! Won’t day ever come?…

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 –…

Greek Nature Myths at our Museum Cafe

Our Rumble Museum runs a weekly Saturday morning cafe at St Alban’s Church in East Oxford. Visitors of all ages can drop in to explore some of our artefacts, explore a historic building, or simply enjoy a cup of tea and some cake in an atmospheric setting! Our Spring Season Cafes are themed on classical…

Exploring the Greek Chorus with the Shadows of Troy team

On Tuesday 21st January, Year Eight Latinists were treated to a special workshop on ancient Greek theatre by Georgina Dettmer and Maya Little, students from the University of Oxford who have been working on the forthcoming Oxford Playhouse performance of “Shadows of Troy”,  a new adaptation of Sophocles’ Ajax, and Euripides’ Iphigenia at Aulis. Shadows…

Bronze Age Calendars

Our Year Eight Latin classes have been making Bronze Age Advent Calendars this week! Each student was given sealed miniature envelopes which contain different artefacts from the Minoan and Mycenaean civilisation. They then stuck these envelopes to some card and numbered them. The Year Eights have spent the past term learning all about the mysterious…

“Underground Herculaneum”: Talk by Professor Michael Scott

On Tuesday 25th February, we were delighted to welcome Professor Michael Scott from the University of Warwick to the Iris Classics Centre and Rumble Museum to give a talk on Underground Herculaneum to an audience of Cheney classicists from Years Eight to Twelve, parents, and a number of external visitors. Michael began by looking at…

Exploring Two Lost Cities at the Ashmolean

On Tuesday 12th November, the Year Eight Latin classes visited the Ashmolean to explore two different ‘lost cities’. We started by taking a tour of the stunning ‘Last Supper in Pompeii’ exhibition, which is at the Ashmolean until January. The exhibition includes an olive oil jar that had not been opened since the eruption in…

Numbers and Ideograms

Year Eight Latinists 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…

The View from the Sewers: Food and Diet in Herculaneum

This week, Year Eight Latinists were visited by Dr Erica Rowan from Royal Holloway, University of London. Erica is an archaeobotanist, who researched the remains of plants in Herculaneum for her doctorate. Through this, she was able to find out more about what people ate and drank around the time of the eruption which buried…

East Oxford Primary at a Feast of the Gods!

Last week we invited Year Fives from East Oxford Primary to the Iris Classics Centre at Cheney to attend a feast of the gods! There were two long tables laid out with place names, menus and various items. One table, with black table cloths, represented some of the chthonic (underworld) gods and creatures, whereas the…