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December 2018 Newsletter

This year, we held two Teach-Meets for Classics teachers across the South West. We hope to offer the same in 2019, and are keen to collaborate with schools to help us host these events.

Each story and topic from the Science of Stories resources includes: a story, KS3 curriculum links, teacher notes, the big questions, and pupil activities.

19 December 2018

Welcome to the latest e-newsletter from the Bristol Classics Hub. With Christmas just around the corner, this edition of the newsletter looks forward to Classics events, initiatives, and projects coming up in the New Year, as well as announcing the launch of three new sets of teaching resources.

In this newsletter:

  1. Save the date! Bristol Classics Hub Events 2019
  2. Bristol Classical Association Events 2019
  3. Other Upcoming Events and Training Days
  4. Science of Stories Teaching Resources
  5. Visiting the Oracle: An Immersive Experience
  6. Classics in the Curriculum: Amarantus and his Neighbourhood
  7. ‘The Roman Emperor as Egyptian Pharaoh' – free workshops
  8. Review of our Ovid in the West Country Competition for Schools
  9. Roman Baths Blog and Archway Project
  10. Hub Support for Schools

1. Save the date! Bristol Classics Hub events 2019

Please see below details of our programme of events for 2019. We have events that appeal to both teachers and students, at primary and secondary level. Full details of most events are available on our website.

2. Bristol Classical Association Events 2019

The Bristol Classical Association is delighted to announce its 2019 programme of events, which kicks off with a talk on Sicily by Jeremy Paterson, followed by a sneak preview of the upcoming 'Last Supper in Pompeii' exhibition at the Asmolean Museum, by Paul Roberts.

  • Jeremy Paterson 'Sicily - Other People's Island', 27th February 2019, 7.00 PM, Badminton School, Peace Memorial Hall
  • Paul Roberts 'Last Supper in Pompeii', 9th May 2019, 7.00 PM, Badminton School, Peace Memorial Hall

How to register
To register attendance at these events, please email Tickets are free for Classical Association members, students, and school pupils, who are warmly encouraged to attend; there will be a cost of £5 for visitors. Refreshments available from 6.30pm for all talks.

3. Other Upcoming Events and Training Days

  • Professor Denis Feeney, ‘The Gods In Epic’, 29th January, 5.30-6.30pm, King Edward's School, Bath
  • Sophocles’ Antigone, 12-15th February, King's College London
  • INSET Day for Primary Latin, by Hands Up Education, 8th February, 10.00am-3.00pm, Museum of London

4. Science of Stories Teaching Resources

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Science of Stories teaching resources, written in collaboration with teachers and academics.

The Science of Stories project invites teachers and pupils to use a selection of ancient classical myths as a way to ignite curiosity, develop ‘science capital,’ and deepen understanding of key scientific concepts. Students are encouraged to engage with the science through storytelling, practical demonstrations, abstract thinking, debate, and creative exercises. They are aimed at KS3 pupils studying the National Curriculum for Science, but some activities are also suitable for pupils at KS2 and GCSE. They are equally suited for use by gifted and talented groups, debate groups, storytelling societies, and classics clubs. The resources work well as stand-alone activities; as introductions to new topics; and as consolidation and revision exercises. Please visit our website to download, copy, and use these resources in classrooms and extra-curricular clubs freely. 

5. Visiting the Oracle: An Immersive Experience

Professor Esther Eidinow at the University of Bristol has been working with students and Orange Vision Productions to create short films that re-enact historical oracular consultations at the ancient Greek oracle of Zeus and Dione, at Dodona in Epirus. The films are immersive–360 degree videos, and can be viewed on a phone, computer or a VR headset. These resources will hopefully appeal to those teaching the module ‘Personal Experience of the Divine’ as part of the Greek Religion section of the new OCR A-Level in Classical Civilisation, but they may also useful for those teaching Greek religion/culture. For those interested in viewing and/or teaching the films, and engaging in feedback on the next stage of the project, please visit this website.

6. Classics in the Curriculum: Amarantus and his Neighbourhood

The Cambridge School Classics Project is delighted to share details of its upcoming Classics in the Curriculum resources. The Phase 1 Amarantus materials are targeted at KS3 History classrooms, but are equally useful for teachers of Ancient History and Classical Civilisation. The aim is to launch this project to pilot in Summer 2019. To learn more, and to register your interest in piloting the materials please visit the CSCP website.

7. 'The Roman Emperor as Egyptian Pharoah' - free workshops for schools

As part of our package of support for schools, we are developing a number of workshops that focus on different elements of the history, culture and literature of the ancient world. For the 2018/19 academic year, we are delighted to be supporting Bristol PhD candidate Maiken Mosleth King, and her new workshop: 'The Roman Emperor as Egyptian Pharaoh'.

This 1 hour workshop (held in school) is designed to enrich the study of Greek and Roman receptions of ancient Egypt, and will offer students the chance to engage extensively with both literary and visual culture.

It is suitable for secondary students of Classical Civilisation or Ancient History, and for those studying the ancient languages. For more information about the workshop and how to book, please visit our website.

8. Review of our Ovid in the West Country Competition for Schools 2018

The full review can be found on our website.

9. Roman Baths Blog and Archway Project

A former student from The Royal High School, Bath has been volunteering at the Roman Baths before applying to university. Zoë has been working in the collections office, and writes in this blog post about a recent acquisition made by the Baths, which takes the form of an flyer produced in the 1960s for a full Roman banquet that was held around the baths.


The Roman Baths' Archway Project will convert former Victorian spa buildings close to the Roman Baths. The new spaces are due to open in 2020. 

10. Hub support for schools

Please check out the ‘for schools’ section of our website, where you can find teaching resources, information about workshops, our ‘consult a lecturer’ service, arrangements for library access and details about how we can support Classics-related EPQ projects. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, do not hesitate to contact Also if you haven’t done so already, please add your school to our hub network map.

Further information

For further information or to join the hub mailing list, please contact

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