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…

Lesson 4: 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…

Lesson 3: What’s in the Jars?

For our third lesson, we looked at an area of the Palace at Knossos which appeared on the site map as lots of very long, very narrow rooms. There were various interesting guesses from the groups about what these rooms might be for. Suggestions included a gallery or slave rooms. In fact, these were storage…

Lesson 2: 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…

Lesson 1: The Story of the Labyrinth

In future weeks, these posts will be written by members of Apollo and Artemis, but for this very first lesson, I thought I would do the write-up! This week, Apollo and Artemis classes have learned about the story of the labyrinth, and how it connects to the mysterious Minoan Civilisation, discovered by English Archaeologist Sir…

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!