'Wonder is the beginning of Wisdom.' - Socrates
On Friday, 5th April, 31 boys from Years 6, 7 and 8, 5 members of staff and 13 parents flew off to Greece on a trip which was to cement together and bring to life much of what the boys have been learning about ancient Greek Mythology, since Year 4.
Our journey back in time began on Friday afternoon at Cape Sounion, where we saw the spectacular Temple of Poseidon, one of the major monuments of the Golden Age of Athens. On Saturday morning, we set off for Corinth taking in a stop at the Corinth Canal, an impressive example of human engineering constructed between 1881 and 1893. Next, we arrived at Ancient Corinth, one of the largest and important cities of Greece in 400 BC. Corinth is well known from the two letters of St Paul in the New Testament and is also mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles as part of Paul the Apostle's missionary travels.
In the afternoon we arrived at Epidaurus, a small city in ancient Greece where we were able to view the huge theatre which is still used for performances today. The boys delighted in clambering up to the very top of the theatre to discover that they could actually hear their friends from the stage, which seemed an awful long way down! In the evening, we enjoyed supper and Greek folk dancing - Lochinver Style!
Day 3 took us off to the site of Mycenae, a UNSECO World Heritage site famous for the Lion Gate and the large beehive Tomb of Agamemnon, which was constructed around 1250 but not uncovered until 1879. The tomb is one of the most impressive monuments surviving from the Mycenaean period.
In the afternoon we visited Olympia, home of the ancient Olympic Games and former site of the Temple of Hera and the Temple of Zeus, original home to the Statue of Zeus which is ranked as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Here, the boys also had tremendous fun taking part in a 200 metre dash on the original Olympic track!
On Monday, we set off for the stunning archaeological site of Delphi, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, set high up along the slope of Mount Parnassus. Here we visited the ruins of the Temples of Apollo and Athena and relived the story of the Delphic Oracle. The following day took us off to Thermopylae, renowned for the famous battle which took place between the Spartans and the Persians. Afterwards we returned to Athens where we enjoyed a walk in the city and free time in the old hillside Plaka neighbourhood in the early evening.
Our last day in Athens gave us the opportunity to visit the ancient citadel of the Acropolis of Athens and a chance to see the Parthenon. We visited the new museum, which lies over the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens, all cleverly on display through glass floors. Here, nearly 4000 ancient objects can be seen but most impressive of all is the top floor with its display of the Parthenon Marbles, cleverly laid out in the same orientation of the Temple of the Acropolis.
We are hugely grateful to the 'Mighty' Mr West for all of his work in organising this exceptional classics trip to Greece and also for inspiring so much passion for ancient Greek mythology within the boys, not to mention the classical language of Latin which they were able to use to translate some ancient writings on pillars and walls!
Thanks must also go to Mr and Mrs Fairclough, Mrs Barry and Mrs Meir for their caring oversight of the boys throughout the tour!
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