Junior Wilson Challenge Tuesday February 23rd 2016

This year all participants were invited to consider any work of art or building from classical antiquity now lost to us and to examine its significance. The response was very positive indeed with 17 entries. The breadth of exploration and the depth of research was, in every case, very impressive indeed. Presentations, amongst others, were made on the Colossos of Rhodes, the Forma Urbis Romae ( a marble map of Rome), the chryselephantine statue of Zeus at Olympia as well as Praxiteles’ notorious Aphrodite of Cnidos

The winners were as follows:

1st prize: William Bunker for a stunning reappraisal of the Atlantis myth

2nd= prize : Hugo Till (Statue of Zeus at Olympia) and Pollyanna Harris (Forma Urbis Romae)

4th prize: Lauren Ferro (Aphrodite of Cnidos)

Monmouth Latin Set Texts Morning Thursday March 3rd 2016

Over 50 Latin students gathered at Monmouth School for the annual set text morning at which teachers from schools in and around Gloucestershire and South Wales present material on the prescribed set texts for that year. The morning is designed to consolidate the students’ knowledge and understanding of the literary works that are examined at AS and A2. The feedback from our scholars was very positive indeed – they enjoyed meeting with other classicists and felt that the sessions had really helped them, particularly as they were so exam focused.

Visit to the British Museum Wednesday March 9th 2016

The Lower 6th enjoyed the opportunity to view the Parthenon Sculptures – unsurprisingly, given its iconic status, the Parthenon is a significant element in the AS specification and we have spent a great deal of time studying both its architecture and the sculpture which decorated it. The scholars were also given time off in which to explore other galleries in the museum.

Classical Association Thursday March 17th 2016: Dr Jane Masseglia on Greek Sculpture

We were treated to a wonderful talk on stylistic development in Greek freestanding sculpture from Dr Jane Masseglia, recently research fellow for the Ashmolean Latin Inscriptions project. Dr Masseglia highlighted the chief characteristics (posture, movement, aesthetics) of statues like Polykleitos’ Doryphoros and Lysippos’ Apoxyomenos, thereby enabling the audience to establish approximate dates for other statues. Dr Masseglia spoke with great clarity and impressed all with her knowledge of the material. This was a great revision opportunity for the Lower 6th Classical Civilisation scholars who are studying Greek Sculpture as part of their AS level whilst the talk provided others with an opportunity to learn about an aspect of the ancient world with which they were not so familiar.