Repton 2000

The Summer School was held at Repton School, Derbyshire from Saturday 15th July to Thursday 20th July. The School is situated in a beautiful village 8 miles south of Derby and has first-class facilities for study and recreation.

TOPICS FOR STUDY
Students were able to choose one topic from each of four of the following areas. Some students actually chose one from all five.

GREEK ART & MYTH
GREEK DRAMA
EPIC POETRY
HISTORY
LANGUAGE
Either Vase painting:
an introduction to myths and everyday life on Greek vases
Either *Comedy:
Aristophanes and his view of the institutions of Athens: a study of Aristophanes Knights and Wasps
Either Homer Iliad:
an introduction to the Homeric epic
Either
Minoan and Mycenaean civilisations
Either
An introduction to ancient Greek

or
Sculpture: an introduction to Greek sculpture and architecture

or
Comedy: Socrates -Fact and Fiction: an introduction to Aristophanes Clouds and Plato The Last Days of Socrates

or
Homer Odyssey: recurring themes in Odyssey

or
Greek history 750-400 BC

or
An introduction to Latin

or
Mythology

or
*Tragedy: the Trojan War in Greek Tragedy: a study of Aeschylus' Agamemnon and Sophocles' Ajax

or
Virgil Aeneid: themes in Aeneid and other Augustan authors

or
The Fall of the Roman Republic

or
Intermediate Latin: selected passages of Catullus and Ovid

   
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or
Roman Britain

 

NOTE
Topics marked with an asterisk were designed for students already familiar with the specified texts or who were prepared to acquaint themselves with them.

PROGRAMME

There were five sessions during the day (three in the morning, two in the afternoon), each lasting an hour, covering all the topics listed above. Most of the sessions were fairly informal and conducted along the lines of a seminar. The History topics were conducted in a more formal style along the lines of a lecture. There was also an evening session of one and a half hours when students either prepared extracts from Aristophanes Wasps or Aeschylus' Agamemnon for presentation on the last night of the course, or attended seminars on mythology and aspects of social or intellectual life in the Ancient World. On the final morning there was an evaluation of the drama presentations by Dr Ruth Hazell of the Open University.

Students were free between 1.30 to 4.00pm - time spent as they pleased either for wider reading or for use of the outstanding recreational facilities of Repton School. Additional tuition was available for students taking Beginner's Greek or Latin and one of the highlights of the course was a performance of extracts of Greek Drama by Actors of Dionysos.