Last week during half-term, 44 Year 8 students set off for the Bay of Naples on the west coast of Italy. The explosive eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79 famously destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and these world famous sites form the core of our itinerary.
Each year we select a number of other places to visit. This year we travelled to the grand country villa at Oplontis and the small farming villa at Boscoreale, as well as the National Archaeological Museum in Naples and the Greek city and Oracle of Apollo at Cumae.
The trip allows students to visit the sites that feature in their study of the Cambridge Latin Course in Years 7 and 8 and develop their understanding of life in Roman cities and countryside, as well as the course and effects of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Additionally, students who have been on this trip and go on to study GCSE Classical Civilisation will have visited many of the sites to be studied in the “Roman city life” component that makes up 50% of the course.
Mr J Hargreaves
Head of Classics