Discovering Ancient Greece

During October Long Leave, 33 Classics pupils from UV, LVI, and UVI went on a five-day trip to Greece to deepen our understanding of the work we have completed in the classroom.

When we arrived, our first stop was Delphi – the ultimate R&R of the ancient world! We climbed up the sanctuary of Apollo, seeing a theatre, treasuries, temples, and a stadium on the way. The archaeological site, as well as the town itself, were picturesque. After checking into a hotel in Athens, we set off the next day to Corinth and Mycenae where the original palace of Agamemnon stood. The views were breathtaking, and the weather was gorgeous. On our penultimate day, we stayed in Athens and visited the Acropolis. Luckily there was limited scaffolding, so we were able to admire the Parthenon’s impressive architectural detail. We also visited the Temple of Hephaestus which was particularly thought-provoking since it was almost entirely preserved due to being repurposed as a Christian church through the ages. On our last day, we went to the New Acropolis Museum; it had many impressive displays, such as the top floor being built to the exact dimensions of the inside of the Parthenon and featuring marble scenes salvaged from the site itself, which made walking through it a surreal experience. We then left Athens and, on our way to the airport, we stopped at the Temple of Poseidon which was built overlooking the sea—the perfect view to end our trip.

Thank you so much to the wonderful teachers who accompanied us on the trip; Dr Tsaknaki, Ms Strange, Mrs Harrison and Miss Franks. We had such a lovely time and learnt a lot.

Anjali and Lara

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