Even a brief encounter with the ancient world is enough to stimulate young minds. The studying of classical subjects casts light over the cultural history of the West, our languages, literature and thought.
Latin, ancient Greek, classical civilisation and ancient history have crossed the boundary from the ancient world to the modern, continuing to inspire political thought, science, technology and engineering. Latin in particular resonates through everyday life in botany, medical and legal terminology. It even peppers popular culture and has become the language of fantasy literature, film and magic, especially familiar to readers of Harry Potter.
With the support of Classics for All, we unearth and discover why classical subjects are a vital and applicable foundation for a modern education. Author of Bloomsbury’s bestselling Starting to Teach Latin, Steven Hunt, joins Professor and broadcaster Edith Hall in conversation about the applicability of the ancient world, and the nature of classroom classics in today’s schools. We invite you to join our expert panel, purchase copies of their books, and seek advice over drinks on how to engage young minds and to establish classics provisions in your schools.
Steven Hunt is course leader of the PGCE in classics at Cambridge, having previously taught classics for twenty years in comprehensive schools. He currently maintains a teacher training website for classics, with funding from the DCSF. Steve contributes to CPD events at national and regional level, and has undertaken consultancy work for OCR and the Cambridge Schools' Classics project. He is currently developing CPD resources for non-specialist Latin teachers with a grant from Classics for All. He is also co-editor of Forward with Classics, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2017.
Edith Hall is Professor of Classics at King's College London, and Consultant Director of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama in Oxford. She is an award-winning author that has published more than twenty books on ancient Greek culture and its reception including The Return of Ulysses (2008), Greek Tragedy (2010), Adventures with Iphigenia in Tauris (2013) Introducing the Ancient Greeks (2015) and most recently published by Bloomsbury Ancient Greek Myth in World Fiction since 1989. She is also a lecturer and broadcaster.
Classics for All is a national charity that has supported the study of Classics and the ancient world in the state-maintained sector since 2010. It has reached 10,000 pupils across 500 schools. It continues to do so by offering grants to purchase teaching provisions, providing enrichment opportunities for pupils, and by re-training History, English and MFL teachers in Latin, Classical Civilisation and Greek. Since 2011, the charity has given over £400,000 in funding for sustainable projects all across the UK.