Student trips: Rome, Athens, and the final frontier

Stuart Lidbetter (the guy with the purple t-shirt in the video below, the illustrious president of the student society ‘Kent Classics and Archaeology Society’ a.k.a. KCAS) reports on classics-inspired student trips: “In April 2015 the Kent Classics and Archaeology Society took 16 students to the ancient city of Rome. This was the society’s first trip in its current incarnation and everyone had a great time! The trip was so popular it inspired the society to go on three trips this year as they were clearly one of the most attractive aspects of the society. This, after much debate on where to go, lead to a return to Rome in January 2016, where Professor Ray Laurence accompanied us and took us round the city. Rome in turn will be followed by a trip to the city of Athens in March 2016, assisted by another Kent lecturer Dr Evangelos Kyriakidis. Finally we will be heading to the Rhine on the advice of Dr Patty Baker to explore the ruins of the old Roman frontier!”

You can also read more about the Rome 2016 trip here.

Student school visit

It was such an honour to be asked to talk in front of 64 year 5 children at St Mary’s Academy in Folkestone. All of the children were very attentive and they all seemed very eager to learn more about Greek mythology and its importance to Greek society. They all had some really interesting questions for me which showed just how much they had actually listened at taken on board the things that I taught them. The myths that they were most interested in were ‘The Labours of Hercules’ and ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’ and for both of them, I had a variety of activities lined up, including a re-enactment of ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’ with all of the children standing up to be the labyrinth and one child being Theseus and another being the Minotaur. I also did a variation of Chinese Whispers with them to explain the concept of Oral Tradition, which they seemed to enjoy. I left the school with a new love for mythology and a confirmation that a career in classics is definitely what I want to do.