For the first four days of the School of Classics field-trip, we concentrated on the living population of ancient Attica.  For the fifth, we turned to the dead and spent the morning in the Kerameikos cemetery.  As well as the remains of a section of the ancient cemetery, the site contains the remains of the […]

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On the fourth day of the School of Classics field-trip we turned our attention from Archaic and Classical Athens to Roman Athens, and examined the changes made to the ancient city by Romans during the Republic and Principate. We passed through Hadrian’s Gate and into the precinct of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, where Danielle […]

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For the third day of the School of Classics field-trip, we left Athens far behind, taking the Metro and two buses out to Thorikos and the Laurion silver mine.  The students explored the remains of the agora and the theatre, comparing them with the much grander ones of central Athens that we saw on Sunday […]

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On the second day of the School of Classics field-trip, we spent the morning northwest of the Acropolis in the Athenian Agora, and the afternoon in the National Archaeological Museum. We enjoyed presentations from second year students on monuments spanning the entirety of antiquity: the Altar of the Twelve Gods (522-1 BC, set up by […]

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Every year, the School of Classics runs a week-long field-trip to a city of ancient historical and archaeological significance.  The field-trip is an option for all second and third year undergraduates taking Classical Studies or Ancient History degrees, and is led by a team of lecturers.  Previous trips have taken in the Bay of Naples […]

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The School of Classics offers a number of different postgraduate study options to distance learners, and consequently we have students located all over the world.  Karrie Englander is undertaking an MA in Ancient History while living and working in Toronto.  She recently visited the Royal Ontario Museum and was kind enough to review it for […]

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Undergraduate students in the School of Classics do not necessarily have to spend all three years of their degree based in Lampeter.  They have the option of spending a semester abroad at one of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s partner institutions in the USA, Canada, Italy, or Spain.  Third year BA Classics student […]

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On Wednesday 19th February, fifteen sixth formers from Ysgol Bro Pedr, Lampeter’s secondary school, spent the afternoon on campus in the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives.  All English A and AS Level students, they received talks on Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus from Dr Jane Draycott (Classics), Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales from Dr William Marx (English), and […]

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Last week the world of Classics was thrilled to learn that two new poems written by the seventh century Lyric poetess Sappho had been discovered (or, perhaps more accurately, rediscovered).  The first of these poems is about Sappho’s brother, and details her hopes that he will return safely from a sea voyage.  The second is […]

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