Our Sixth Form classicists recently travelled to two famous university towns to enrich their knowledge and understanding of ancient culture and drama.
The classicists first went to the University of Warwick, where they attended an Ancient Drama day, full of lectures and seminars that were very relevant to their course. The day ended with a production of the play Frogs by Aristophanes.
Sedbergh’s Head of Classics, Jon Lidiard, said that seeing the performance was ‘invaluable’, particularly for those pupils studying the play for their Classical Civilization A-Level.
The following day, the pupils went to Oxford to visit the world-famous Ashmolean Museum. Classics teacher Sam Sharma gave the pupils a tour of several sections of the museum, which was so well-presented that several members of the public began participating and asking questions. Pupils also had some time to explore Oxford for themselves.
Mr Lidiard said that Oxford had been ‘inspiring’ for the pupils. He added, ‘The museum visit was a useful opportunity to bring some context and visual understanding to our Classical studies, as well as to improve our understanding of the nature and value of primary sources.’