Troy Myth and Reality at the British Museum

Sixth Form, Senior School


After lunch, there was time to explore other exhibitions at the British Museum including the controversial Parthenon Sculptures, which GCSE and A level Classical Civilisation students recognised as showing details of the Panathenaic procession. It never fails to impress when walking behind those imposing pedimental sculptures to see just how much detail is included on the figures never designed to be seen, but which show such skill, craftsmanship and dedication to their religious beliefs.

All the students were an absolute pleasure to take and it was wonderful to see how they embraced this opportunity. It was difficult to decide whose submitted answers on the worksheet with our questions to ponder deserved the prizes. In the end, congratulations go to Millie Bate (Year 13 Class Civ) Eliza Hyde (Year 11 Greek and Latin) and Eloise Evans and Pam Wallace (Year 11 Latin) for their detailed, original and thoughtful observances.

Our Classics students are already looking forward to the next instalment of the Department’s ‘Trilogy of Troy’ with Natalie Haynes’ talk about her latest book A Thousand Ships on the afternoon of 23rd January followed by a movie screening of part of the Hollywood blockbuster Troy to help raise money for the Cambodia Club and then Natalie’s second talk, available to all on The Ancient Guide to Modern Life. If you haven’t already booked your tickets for this evening talk, please do so soon via Eventbrite so as not to miss out!

Mrs Claire Binney, Head of Classics