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Classics Students Tour Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece classics tripTwenty-nine pupils from Year 10 and above braved an early morning start in order to head to Heathrow and on to Athens, cradle of western civilisation. The monuments and weather in the Greek capital did not disappoint.

We enjoyed a successful visit of the Acropolis, but the highlight was perhaps a first ever visit for the school to the Panathenaic stadium, host to the first modern Olympic games in 1896. After Athens and the spectacular temple of Apollo at Sounion, it was off on an adventure of story-telling in idyllic, pastoral mainland Greece.

The students consulted the oracle at Delphi, raced along the original track at Olympia (first games held there in 776BC) and dived, with some bravery, into the sea at Pylos. After climbing the hill fort at Mistra there was time for some pupils to display their dramatic skills in the spell-binding theatre of Epidauros on an action packed final day which also took in the impressive fortress at Mycenae and the ruins of ancient Corinth.