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de nominibus

What’s in a name? As part of our series CLC: Past and Present, Anna Barker considers some discussions we could have in the classroom on characters’ names, and what they can tell us about the Roman world.

de Virgilio

Can the CLC be read as an epic? In this post, part of our CLC: Past and Present series, Anna Barker finds some Virgilian echoes in the narrative of Quintus.

de tempore

As part of our series CLC: Past and Present, Anna Barker reflects on the nature of the CLC as a continuous narrative which students follow throughout their school careers.

A drawing from the "Chronography of 354" showing a personification of the month of December. Saturnalian dice and a mask are on the table in front of him.

How to Teach Deep Culture in Secondary Latin

How do we teach Greek and Roman culture in a rigorous and systematic way that honors the complexity and diversity of the peoples that inhabited the Ancient Mediterranean? In this piece, Evan Dutmer provides teachers with a simple framing tool that will help them to teach culture on both its surface and deeper levels.

A view of the Ponte Sant'Angelo (bridge) in Rome

Crossing the Curricucon: Suggestions for using Classics across the curriculum

With time at a premium in school, it can be difficult to cover everything in the depth we would like. In this post, Darren Lester considers how Classics can be used to enforce curriculum aims in Religious Education, Physical Education, Design and Technology, Geography, Music and Drama.

The main bath at Aquae Sulis in the modern day site in Bath, UK. Aspects of the medieval and modern city are reflected in the water.

Roman Britain: Tips and Resources for the Classroom

Whether you are planning a school trip or exploring remotely from your Latin classroom, there are plenty of resources available to help you teach Roman Britain. In our first Hints and Tips post, Alexander Carroll shares a few of his favourites.

A photograph from 2004 showing Robin Griffin and Pat Story at the launch of the digital materials for the CLC

Robin Griffin – An Appreciation

Pat Story, CSCP’s second director, reflects on the life of Robin Griffin, who played a crucial role in the development of the Cambridge Latin Course.

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.

Photo of Mai Musié presenting a talk.

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.

Black text on a white background which reads: "What have the Classics ever done for me?"

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.