Get more out of your GCSEs

18 January 2020 - 10:30am

Expand your knowledge of your Classical Civilisation or Ancient History GCSE subjects.

Join experts who teach and study the ancient world at the University of Cambridge for an inspiring day of talks, tours, and taster sessions which will help you get more out of your Classical Civilisation or Ancient History GCSE.

The talks and workshops are tailor-made for your GCSE syllabus and will help you to understand your topics in greater depth and to see how what you study fits into the big picture of the ancient world. You can pick which workshops you want to attend from the list below. Within each workshop there will be specific questions tailored to the particular options that you are studying for GCSE. The final programme for 2020 will be released soon.

2020 Programme - Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Site

10.30 – 11.00 : Registration (Entrance 3)

11.00 – 11.15 : Welcome from the Schools Liaison Officer

11.30 – 12.30 : Session 1, with a choice between

  • Roman Warfare - Dr John Patterson (relevant for: Classiv: War and Warfare; Ancient History: Roman Depth Studies; Latin: Land and Sea) 
  • Roman City Life - Dr Jerry Toner (relevant for: Classiv: Roman City Life; Latin: Literature and Culture)
  • Homeric World - Dr Tom Nelson (relevant for: Classiv: Homeric World)

12.30 – 1.30 : Lunchtime- A sandwich lunch will be provided in the Faculty (you can also pop upstairs to visit the amazing Museum of Classical Archaeology to see our Cast collection - it’ll be open until 13:30)

13.30 – 14.30 : Session 2, with a choice between

  • Roman Britain - Dr Rebecca Flemming (relevant for: Latin: Literature and Culture The Romans in Britain; Ancient History: Brittania; Classiv Women in the Ancient World)
  • Greeks and non-Greeks: From Homer to Alexander the Great - Franco Basso (relevant for: Ancient History: Greeks and Persia; Classiv: War and Warfare; Ancient History: The Persian Empire, Alexander the Great)
  • Latin Language Taster - Dr David Butterfield

14.45 – 15.45 : Session 3, with a choice between

  • The Early History of Rome - Dr John Weisweiler (relevant for: Ancient History: The Foundations of Rome; Classiv: Myth and Religion (foundation stories); Latin: Literature and Culture Myths and Beliefs (Rome’s foundation))
  • Women in the Ancient World - Dr Rosanna Omitowoju (relevant for: Classiv: Women in the Ancient world)
  • Myth and Religion - Dr Hannah Willey (relevant for: Classiv: Myth and Religion; Latin: Literature and Culture Myths and Beliefs)

Unfortunately, we cannot offer onsite parking to attendees travelling by car. There are pay and display bays both on West Road and Sidgwick Avenue. The full address of the Faculty is: Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, Sidgwick Ave, Cambridge CB3 9DA


Please note that our booking system does not send out confirmation emails. Once you have completed a booking form your places are confirmed. You will then receive further information nearer the date of the event. If you have any problems or queries about booking please email

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