School workshops

As part of our package of support for schools, we are developing a number of workshops which focus on different elements of the history, culture and literature of the ancient world. For the 2017/18 academic year, we are delighted to be supporting Dr Hannah-Marie Chidwick's new workshop: 'Experiencing War in the Roman World'

Experiencing War in the Roman World

What was life like as part of the greatest military machine in history?

This 1 hour workshop is designed to enrich the study of warfare in the Classical world, by focusing on the Roman soldier – not just his place in the ranks, but his individual experience of war in ancient Rome – and comparing his experiences to the modern military.

It is suitable both for secondary students of Classical Civilisation or Ancient History, and for those with no prior experience of Classics.

What will students learn?

The workshop will focus on the personal experience of the Roman soldier, by comparing the ancient and modern army. Direct comparison between the ‘greatest military machine’ in history and today’s Western war-making highlights similarities and contrasts in soldiers’ experiences.

Presented with new primary sources, students will be encouraged to:

  • understand and analyse classical sources
  • compare these sources with modern material

For more information about the workshop, please read the Experiencing War information sheet (PDF, 409kB) or visit Dr Chidwick's project website: The Roman Soldier in Afghanistan

To book a workshop, please email Dr Hannah-Marie Chidwick:  

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School workshops

New for 2017/18: 'Experiencing War in the Roman World'

During summer term 2017, we ran a Roman Cookery workshop for KS2/KS3 groups and we plan to offer this again in spring/summer 2018. We also hope to develop a third workshop for schools in 2018. If you have any suggestions for future workshop topics or if you would like to discuss how we can support your school in this way, please contact

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