Leading scholars inspire Classics students

Last term, Block 4 and 5 Bedalians studying Latin and Greek were given the opportunity to experience teaching from leading exponents of the subject when they attended the ‘Classics Inspiration Day’ at St Swithun’s School, Winchester. Leading scholars in their fields from the University of Oxford gave papers and fielded questions on topics such as ‘The Truth about Sappho’ and ‘Gender Roles in Latin Love Poetry’. The opportunity to think about the classical world in a wider way than the curriculum generally allows is an eye-opener, and above all shows students the value of slogging through all those vocab lists and grammar exercises, when the end result can be an appreciation of the past at a deeper level than they ever thought possible.

By Christopher Grocock, Teacher of Classics

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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