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…

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…

New Greek Monsters Gallery!

Thank you for all your inventive, exciting, frightening and downright disturbing Greek-style monsters! I really enjoyed them all, and hope you will enjoy exploring them too in this online gallery. As well as all these great portraits, we have some monsters who were described instead of drawn. The Hellagonatanies by Drew “are ancient creatures that…

Iris Classics Summer School: 26th – 28th August

This week, 30 children arrived at Cheney School to take part in the Iris Project’s sixth annual classics summer school. This year, the theme was Greek myths featuring transformation, and the four Latin and ancient Greek classes were named after characters who had been changed into other things – Arachne, the expert weaver who became…

Myths for the Modern Age

The Greeks and Romans had lots of inventive stories to explain how birds, trees, mountains, rocks, islands, and many other things came into being, but since classical times, we don’t have any new Greek and Roman myths to explain things. As a final lockdown project of the year, Year Eight Classics students have been inventing…

Sky Tales

Following on from our Garden Tales, we are starting our Sky Tale series. Each day, we will produce a different sheet detailing a bird, some facts about it, the myth explaining how it came into being, and some activities for children. You can download the sheets from the Iris Project website¬†here, as well as viewing…

Garden Tales Series

We are starting a new lockdown project this Monday! Each day, we will produce a different sheet detailing a plant, its Latin name, some facts about its use by the Greeks and Romans, the myth explaining how it came into being, and some activities for children! You can download the sheets from the Iris Project…

Aristophanes in the Time of Covid

In our final lessons with Year Eight Classics students before the lockdown began, we had been exploring ancient Greek theatre, and as their a home project after schools closed, the students set to work on adapting ancient comedy to the modern age. Working in digital groups or alone, they produced trailers, posters, masks, and updated…

Frogs by Alice

Here is my mask: Here is my trailer. Here is my poster: Here is my backdrop: Scene/part of my play updated to a modern setting During Xanthias and Dionysus’ way to the underworld, they do not only come across the frogs, which in my adaptation to the play are blue and there are 7 of…