Classicists explore ancient Turkey

On the last day of term, 17 A Level classicists departed for Turkey to visit the wealth of sites from the Greek and Roman occupations of ancient Persia. After two nights and a day in Istanbul (visiting the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Roman cistern, the Tokpkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar) we headed south to the classical sites. At many (such as Sardis and Aphrodisias) we were given free access to all areas of the excavations – this provided a wonderful chance to enjoy walking round them at leisure. We also visited sites such as Ephesus and Troy, with some of the more adventurous members of the party enjoying a dip in the Dardanelles! We returned exhausted but exhilarated, having seen a selection of sites to rival anything in Western Europe. View photos.

By Angus Carey-Douglas, 6.1

Classicists explore ancient Turkey


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