Classical Studies Trip 2012
Eighteen Classical Studies students from Years 12 and 13 travelled to Rome and Athens for an incredible Classical Studies trip.
The enviable itinerary saw the group depart Auckland on September 29th and arrive in Rome via Dubai. A walking tour of Rome saw the first steps taken of many walking excursions during the trip.
One of the vaulted ceilings in the museum wing of the Sisteen Chapel.
On October 1st the students visited Pompeii and Naples and on day four they saw the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and Palatine Hill.
Casey Pilkington, a Year 13 Classical Studies student, particularly liked the visit to Villa d’Este, a UNESCO world heritage site boasting beautiful Italian gardens full of fountains, water features, grottoes and Baroque style gardens.
The Pantheon is a huge temple in Rome dating back to 126AD and has the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome; an impressive 142 feet in diameter.
The students underwent Gladiator training in a replica arena and visited the famous sites of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel.
Eddie Gee from Year 13 and Casey said that for them, visiting the Vatican and Sistine Chapel were highlights of the trip.
Included in the very busy and eventful itinerary, was a visit to St. Peters, Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli, Arapacus and the Capuchin Crypt.
The Capuchin Crypt houses some 4000 bones of Capuchin Friars which have been used to decorate the walls, ceilings and light fittings of the crypt. The Classical Studies students found it a macabre sight although, according to the Catholic order, it is intended to act as a sombre reminder of the quick path from life into death and our own mortality.
The students left Rome behind to journey to Athens and the Acropolis (located close to the quaint hotel in which the group were staying), the Parthenon and the ancient democratic sites and Eleusis.
A Delphi Charioteer.
There was a day trip to Delphi which is an important archaeological site with a modern town and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has many ancient attractions such as the Temple of Apollo and was home to the Pythion Games, one of four athletic Games; precursors to our Olympic Games and dating back to 776 BC.
In Athens, the students experienced theatre, The Temple of Zeus, Roman Agora and the National Museum of Athens.
On the second to last day of the fantastic trip, all the students enjoyed a ferry trip of The Sardonic Gulf Islands including the Island of Aegina; renowned for the Temple of Aphaia and for Pistachio nuts, which have been produced on the island since antiquity and are available served in every imaginable way.
A few birthdays were celebrated on the trip and were all recognised in fun ways; an announcement on an aeroplane flight, a specially made platter of food and Josh Perry had an entire restaurant sing happy birthday to him.
When I spoke to Eddie and Casey about the trip, they both felt that the experience they had was incredible and left them both with a strong desire to go back.
The trip lasted for 16 days over the last school term break.