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Thursday, 25 January 2018 13:33

Classics at Eirias Featured

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As the only school in North Wales to offer Classics, Eirias is the forerunner in providing a post-16 option that is usually only reserved for the privileged few.

The study of Ancient Greece and Rome through literature, art, myth and historical texts, is a fascinating insight into the past, but it is also a way of understanding our current lives; our notions of what is right and wrong, our democracy and the way our society is structured.

With the Sixth Form Opportunities Evening imminent, this is the perfect opportunity for Year 11 students to find out more about Classics.

Our Year 12 Classics students are currently travelling with Odysseus on his perilous journey back to Ithaca, they have just left Oedipus, blind and devastated, after fulfilling a prophecy he was determined to avoid, and now a new god has arrived in Thebes, set for a gruesome revenge on those who refuse to worship him. Through the study of epic poetry and Greek theatre, Classics students are immersed in the culture and history of Ancient Greece.

In November, they took part in a Classics Study Day at the British Museum in London. They attended lectures on Homer and Virgil, before being given guided tours of the most interesting and most relevant artifacts in the museum. Viewing 5th century vase paintings and being taken on a whirlwind tour of a thousand years of Greek architecture, were two highlights of the trip.

Classics students are encouraged to view as many Greek tragedies and comedies as possible, therefore once every half term students are invited to attend an after-school theatre club, where they can watch Greek plays in a relaxed and informal environment. Bringing popcorn is a condition of entry!

For more details about the course please see Mrs. N. Edwards in B29, or come along to the Sixth Form Opportunities Evening on Thursday, 1st February.

 

 

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