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A montage of three of the Fayum mummy portraits, depicting a finely-dressed woman, a bearded man and a man in a tunic with purple stripes.

Decolonising the Classics Classroom: Diversity & Representation in Visual Aids

Working towards inclusivity in the Classics classroom is a combination of what we choose to teach and how we choose to teach it. In this post, Rob Hancock-Jones shares some of his experiences teaching Classical Civilisation making use of diverse and inclusive visual aids.

Video: Mai's Classics Story

Following the success of 'What Have the Classics Ever Done for Me?', Communicator Ltd interviewed Dr Mai Musié about her extraordinary Classics journey, how she came to study Classics and what the subject means to her. This work was sponsored by ourselves, the Classical Association and the Roman and Hellenic societies.

Video: What have the Classics ever done for me?

CSCP recently had the pleasure of collaborating with Communicator Ltd to produce 'What Have the Classics Ever Done For Me?' a short video which aims to dispel the worries of students (and their parents!) about the value of Classics-related subjects in terms of their associated career prospects. This work was sponsored by us, the Classical Association and the Roman and Hellenic societies.

Three marble statue heads (two of Aphrodite and one of Apollo) face each other

Race Theory, Critical Race Theory, and the Classics Classroom

In response to those who may think otherwise, Elena Giusti argues that the application of Race Theory and Critical Race Theory to the ancient world is far from a needless intellectual exercise. It enables teachers and students to connect antiquity and modernity while investigating our own biases and making us better interpreters of both societies, and of our own academic and pedagogical practices.

A photograph from the 2018 production of Medea at Keble College, Oxford.

Scholarship for the Classroom: BAME Medea

In the first of our "Scholarship for the Classroom" pieces, Caroline Bristow looks at how 2018's BAME Medea production in Oxford can be used as a piece of scholarship for A Level Classical Civilisation, and provides links to the resources and discussion surrounding it.

Four depictions of Orpheus and Eurydice: a relief, an engraving, a painting and a still from a film.

Surviving Two Thousand Years: understanding the role of power in shaping the textual record

Why do some stories survive thousands of years while others are quickly lost? Many factors affect an ancient texts chances of survival, but most important is power. If we understand how texts have survived with the aid of each generations most empowered, can we then predict which modern classics will survive?

Line drawing map of the world according to Herodotus

Centring Africa in Greek and Roman Literature, while Decolonising the Classics Classroom

Diversifying the teaching provision of Classics and Ancient History does not necessarily help us to ‘decolonise’ the discipline and engage in anti-racist pedagogical practice. Dr Elena Giusti reflects on her undergraduate module 'Africa and the Making of Classical Literature' at the University of Warwick.

Roman fresco from Pompei depicting a man holding a scroll and a woman holding a stylus and wax tablet.

Restoring Color to Ancient Rome

Discussions have erupted across the Latin teaching community about race and representation in our portrayal of Ancient Rome. Should teachers prioritize equitable representation or historical accuracy? Perhaps these goals are not mutually exclusive.

Four students holding certificates and prizes

salvete omnes: the importance of welcoming everyone

Director Caroline Bristow addresses the importance of inclusion to the core mission of CSCP: ensuring that Classics flourishes in classrooms. This article also introduces the theme of race and decolonisation which will be the focus of this blog’s opening series of posts.