In the second week of the Easter Holiday, Sixth Form students spent a week in Greece on an Ancient History/ Classics study visit. The group of 25 students from Years 12 and 13 visited a wide range of world famous and fascinating archaeological sites across mainland Greece, experience Greek culture and cuisine and even had an impromptu display from the Red Arrows.
Arriving in Greece, we spent 2 days in the capital- Athens. The main focus of visiting Athens was to visit the Parthenon and Acropolis- the Ancient temple to Athena which dominates the Athenian skyline, especially at night. The group also visited the Panathenaic stadium and Temple of Zeus, with just enough time left over to take part in some Greek ‘plate smashing’ and come up with a working definition of ‘Tourist tat’.
Leaving Athens, the group travelled by coach, first to Thermopylae- the site of the famous last stand of the 300 Spartans before heading to Delphi (possibly one of the most spectacular locations in all of Europe) to visit the famous site of the Oracle of Apollo. After spending the night in Delphi, the next stop was the ruins of Mycenae; mythical home of King Agamemnon in 1200BC. After Mycenae we headed to Tolon: our final overnight stay and arrived just in time to catch the fading light on the beach (whilst revising!).
On the final day the group visited the ancient theatre at Epidaurus and then ancient Cornith- one of the wealthiest city states in Ancient Greece, famous for its sacred courtesans.