Posted: Mon 21st Mar 2016

Kids’ Projects Highlight The History Of The Ancient World

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Monday, Mar 21st, 2016

Classical scholars at Swansea University are to launch two projects this summer which will help children to learn more about the history of ancient world. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Plato in the Park ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Plato in the Park project, run in collaboration with the Iris Project and the South West Wales Classical Association, is specially designed as a fun introduction for children to Latin, Ancient Greek and philosophy. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Latin and Greek classes are suitable for 5-11 year olds, while the philosophy classes are suitable for ages 8-12, and will invite the children to consider some ‘big’ questions such as: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

  • Who are we?
  • What is reality?
  • How can we tell the difference between good and boa
  • How can we be happy?

The classes are taught by students from the History and Classics Department monitored by the co-ordinator of the Swansea Classics Outreach programme Dr Evelien Bracke. They will be on five consecutive Saturdays between 4 June and 2 July between 2pm – 3.30 pm. Participants should register for the classes which cost £20 for all 5, or £5 per class. Bursaries are available. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Dr Bracke said: ‘We want to give every child the opportunity to learn about ancient languages, cultures, and philosophy in a playful, age-appropriate way, without pressure to perform and in an outdoor setting.’ ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Famous Colosseum in Rome, Italy ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

School Competitions ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Academics at the University’s History and Classics Department are also to run schools’ competitions for different age groups. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Primary and secondary pupils can enter a competition by submitting a piece of work about the Ancient World, featuring Greece, Rome or Egypt, on the theme of ‘heroes’. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Dr Evelien Bracke said: “Entrants can be as creative as they like and use any medium for their entry – whether it is a poster, a play, a video, models or online games. Pupils can work in team or on their own and they can be funny, informative and as imaginative as they want.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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