P/T Classics courses at Madingly Hall

Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge

Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge CB23 8AQ

We are now inviting applications for our 2017/18 programme of part-time Certificate and Diploma courses here at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE).

 All of our Certificates and Diplomas are taught part-time and lead to full University of Cambridge qualifications.

Teaching takes place at Madingley Hall, a 16th-century country house near Cambridge set in 8 acres of landscaped grounds.

 How to apply

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 For Latin and Greek courses go here:


The deadline for applications is 4 September 2017.

  Please don’t hesitate to contact me at enquiries@ice.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions.

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 We are part of the University of Cambridge and provide part-time and short courses for adults.

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“Sicily: the Land of Gods”

I’m a Greek and Latin teacher. I work as teacher in a Sicilian Liceo Classico and I cooperate with Catania University about these subjects: Greek Literature, Ancient Greek and Latin Grammar, Classical Philology, History of ancient theatre. UE financed me a project of 10.000 euros to promote a cultural exchange between an Italian and an English school about classical themes. Title of my project is “Sicily: the Land of Gods”. If you are interested in this project, please contact me!  Here is a brief presentation of the project.


Final update on the 6th international CICERO competition

Rex Stretton-Pow with the Malvern St. James CICERO Cup


from Anne Dicks

It was a great success again, with a total of 117 Sixth Form students taking part in the UK: 79 taking the cultural test on ‘Aeneas from Troy to Latium’ and 90 attempting edited passages from Quintus Cicero’s ‘Short Guide to Electioneering’. They all really enjoyed the challenge of the tests and were able to video-chat with students around the world as well.

Prizewinners were announced at the JACT Conference and AGM on 19th May and you can see the full list on the UK page of the website http://www.ciceroconcordia.com along with credits to all those who supported the competition either financially or by donating signed books. The winning student came from France this year.

If you click on the ‘2012’ link you can see some of these students and hear the video-messages they have sent to each other. Unfortunately there was a problem with the recording from Australia which we have so far not been able to resolve, but I particularly recommend the videoclip from the Serbian students and (of course) my own students’ version of the story of Aeneas, even though I don’t think it can rival the one they made about Jason last year!

As I am retiring from teaching at the end of this school year, the CICERO UK competition will be taken over by a new team: details will appear on the website as they are finalised but more volunteers are always welcome …. I will continue as international Webmaster.

Here are two accounts of the day: the first one written by the winner of the U6 Latin section and the second by one of my students.

  • …………………
    Having arrived at Malvern St James School relatively early one Saturday morning, the warm greeting we received more than made up for the loss of a potential lie-in. As always, MSJ were more than happy to see us and made us very welcome; the other students participating were equally friendly and we all got off to a flying start. This, to me, struck the first difference between CICERO and other competitions of its nature. Though everyone seeks to do well, no-one provokes competition or rivalry. The inherent message of harmony is taken to heart.
    As part of the opening ceremony, Duncan and I had the privilege of reading a piece of the Aeneid to the group, followed by a video from Boris Johnson, outlining and praising the competition, and a recorded video-conferencing message from Anne Dicks, the founder of CICERO, speaking to us from a school in Serbia. After a lovely lunch, we also had the chance to talk to some of the many other schools across the world taking part in the competition over video conferencing, including Serbia, Italy and Spain, and received messages from those who had already done the competition due to time zones, such as Australia. It was truly amazing to be able to communicate on such a global level so effortlessly and openly, and especially refreshing to find that, on the whole, there were people like us – Classicists – all over the world, who shared our interest.
    The first test was the Latin translation, a piece by Quintus Cicero, brother of Marcus Tullius Cicero, on how to win an election in Ancient Rome. Though the passage was in places tough, containing some idioms difficult to translate, it was very enjoyable and (unusually for a test) provided a window into Ancient Rome that I hadn’t looked through before.
    Classicists can often feel that the world of Classics nowadays is tightly knit, and it is a shame that this is so, since it really can be a tool for bringing people together. Through CICERO we were able to meet many people and start many friendships, as well as communicate on an international level. A good day and an extremely worthwhile competition.

  • ……………….
    For 6 years the Cicero competition has inspired budding young classicists all around the world and it truly is a valuable experience for everyone involved. It has benefited me on so many different levels; the papers were challenging and intellectually stimulating, whilst I enjoyed the chance to meet and forge friendships with other like-minded teenagers at our centre as well as those from other schools in Britain, Spain, Italy and Australia. It really is a fantastic opportunity for students to come together and share a common interest outside the classroom, in a competitive yet friendly setting. I would highly recommend it to all and very much hope that someone will take on the responsibility of organising the British centres so that future students will be able to benefit in the same way that I have.

CICERO international Classics competition 

Ludi Scaenici 2012

Ludi Scaenici 2012

Sancton Wood School’s Year 8 Latin burst on to the stage at the Ludi Scaenici competition held in the city of Cambridge.

Judge Alexander Welby Head of Classics at the Leys School said; “ The Sancton Wood play went to the core of what Classics is about.”

“It explored the tensions between the Modern and the Ancient World.”

Xan Hill of Year 8 was singled out for praise. “To pronounce well when screaming as Laocoon (Xan) did showed enormous skill. Hard work had clearly gone into the whole cast’s learning.

In the play Xan was declaiming in Latin whilst simultaneously being strangled by a sea serpent.

“There were some wonderful examples of pronunciation particularly on the words Pugnax and magnus. The pronunciation was beautiful,” said Mr. Welby.

Second Judge actress Elisabeth Donnelly commented:

“We wanted to see you perform. The characterisation was excellent. You made the Latin your own”.

Charlie Fynn as an outraged Hercules was praised highly.

The play was co-written and co-directed by Darin Mount and Russell Lord.

Teams travelled from as far away as Ipswich, Norwich and Rugby to compete.

 (Russell Lord is Latin teacher at Cambridge International School and Sancton Wood School in Cambridge. He is a keen supporter of ARLT and has taught options groups at the ARLT Summer School.)


National Media Museum, Bradford
“Room at the Top” conference suite on Wednesday 9th November 2011, 10 am – 6 pm
A one-day conference arranged by Steve Green and Penny Goodman
Go here for details

Classics in Our Lunchtime

A new series of once-a-month twenty-minute talks on the classical world in modern culture at Leeds City Museum, 13.15-13.45

Friday 28th October
Doctor Who, the Romans and Us
Dr Penny Goodman

Thursday 24th November
Middle-Eastern Politics in Gladiator (2000) and Troy (2004)
Dr Steve Green

For more details see the Leeds City Museum website
Recording available after the event via the Museum or Classics Talks in Leeds

In the Footsteps of Hercules

Light Night 2011 in Leeds – Friday 7th October

In the Footsteps of Hercules (or should that be Herculeeds?)

Tales of Hercules tells the stories of the Hercules’ life, from his earliest childhood to him becoming a god, offering you an opportunity to read, listen to and ask questions about this ancient – yet very modern – hero.

Iphicles will recount his twin brother’s exploits – from Hercules’ very first heroic act (saving Iphicles’ life) to his last (walking the three-headed dog Cerberus). Hear little-known details of Hercules’ famous 12 Labours and get an insider’s view of what it’s like to grow up with a hero. Story-telling will respond to the audience’s interests and age-group. Particular stories by request.

Dr Emma Stafford, internationally renowned expert on the Greek hero Herakles, who was known to the Romans (and to us) as Hercules, will be on hand to answer any and all of your questions about the hero: from the size of his feet, to how many Labours he actually performed, to whether he performed them at all! Take the opportunity to discuss what it means to be a hero and discover some of the meanings attached to this hero through the ages.

Literary and artistic responses to individual tales of Hercules will be on display, with examples from a number of different media and time periods – from epic poetry to sculpture, from the ancient world to 21st century Yorkshire.

Location: the Classics Departmental Library, 1st floor, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds

Walk in Hercules’ size 14½ shoes to well-known – and less-well-known – Leeds city centre locations to encounter mythical characters and monsters featured in his 12 Labours. In the Footsteps of Hercules brings ancient Greek and Roman myth to life by combining cutting-edge classical research by Emma Stafford and other experts on ancient costume with performance art and story-telling in a “factasy” walking tour of Leeds taking in its public art, architecture, and history. Collect a map of the locations from the young Hercules or his mother, Alcmene, in the Ancient Worlds Galleries of Leeds City Museum or join the route at any location with an information point or costumed character. Each location will have information explaining the link between it and one of the 12 Labours, including illustrations and excerpts from relevant ancient texts. Masked costumed characters, who will tell the story of a Labour and guide interactions with the location, can be found in Leeds City Museum, in Mandela Gardens, on the Town Hall Steps, in Bond Court (off Park Row and East Parade) and in City Square. Will you kidnap Cerberus, kill the Hydra, seek the Cretan Bull, confront the Nemean Lion, capture the cattle of Geryon, cleanse the Augean Stables, dodge the Horses of Diomedes, scare the Stymphalian Birds, spot the Erymanthian Boar, find the Apples of the Hesperides, meet the Amazon Queen, or chase the Keryneian Hind? Above all, will you find Hercules in Leeds?

For more information, see the profect website.

Orestes in Leeds

17th-19th March at 7.30pm at Stage@Leeds

World première of Alex Clark’s adaptation of Euripides’ play
Associated events:
Play-reading Group
Pre-performance talks
Public Masterclass

For full details visit http://visitingresearchfellowship.blogspot.com/p/events.html

Schools’ events at Liverpool

Language Taster Day
Friday 18 February

Ancient Worlds Summer School
25 July – 5 August

CICERO – worldwide

Cicero just goes from strength to strength!
Anne Dicks has contacted me with the following announcement:
Exciting news from CICERO – we have now expanded beyond our original European boundaries and now have centres in Tunisia and Australia!  To celebrate the arrival of our Tunisian partners we have chosen as the cultural topic for 2010 ‘Carthage from Dido to Hannibal’.
At our first international meeting held last weekend at the home of one of the CICERO UK team, our business meeting included partners from France, Italy, the UK and Australia – our new partner Emily stayed up late into the night to join us via Skype!

Our success means that we have had to change the meaning of our acronym CICERO, which now stands for Certamen In Concordiam Europae Regionumque Orbis.  Our new website URL is   www.ciceroconcordia.com (but the website itself has not yet been updated).  Instead, I have created a YouTube account with a few short videoclips  ciceroconcordia
Let’s hope that the competition continues to raise the profile of Classical subjects around the world!  All entrants will be registered in an Event on Facebook so that they will be able to communicate with each other directly.
There will be three venues in the UK for the competition in 2010 on Saturday March 13th : Cranleigh School in Surrey, Birkdale School in Sheffield and Fettes College in Edinburgh.  When I update the website I will upload a registration form which can be posted to me at Malvern St James School, 15 Avenue Road, Malvern, Worcs.  WR14  3RZ
Please encourage your students to enter – it is a very enjoyable day out despite the fact that it is less of a ‘fun’ competition and more like two fiendish examinations!  The students actually enjoy the challenge and if we get sufficient sponsorship we hope to raise the amount of prize money awarded this year.  Any ideas for sponsorship gratefully received!  (If you buy a box of 25 Latin diaries, for example, a donation of £7.50 is triggered to Cicero UK: email  david@generation-europe.org.uk  (£60 per box plus delivery)
Anne Dicks





YouTube  ciceroconcordia


Pyrrha’s Roman Pages website  pyrrha.me.uk

CICERO 6th Form competition website ciceroconcordia.com