The first week of our recent half-term saw Classicists from Years 10 to 13 (Fifth form to Upper Eighth) in Greece, visiting sites familiar to most only from their reading.
In outstanding weather, the party often found they had relatively few rivals for the run of a site — the exception being Olympia, where three cruise ships arrived on the same afternoon to avoid a strike and closure the next day. For many, the highlight was Delphi: on a beautiful evening, with the path to the stadium open, the views of the valley were spectacular.
The last full day included visits to the theatre at Epidaurus and Mycenae. In the palace at Mycenae, some of the Upper Eighth re-enacted the scene from Aeschylus’s play where Agamemnon returns from Troy to be lured to his death by Clytemnestra.