On Tuesday 24th January, Dr Michael Scott, broadcaster and writer, addressed the school on the topic of the Gritty Realities of Ancient Greece.

Dr Scott, who is also an Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick, gave an extremely interesting and informative talk on how the reality for the Greeks was far different from the rather glamorised version depicted in art and sculpture. Disease, low life expectancy, infanticide for defective babies, murder, adultery, and war were ever present factors affecting their lives. Nonetheless, the social and political conditions led to some of the most powerful literature ever written, great art, vibrant competition in the Olympic Games, and a lasting impact on the civilised world ever since. Philosophy lay alongside drinking competitions and even the cups themselves were destined to test the skill of the drinker.

The talk delighted all who heard it. We are very grateful that such a distinguished man gave up his time to speak to us at school.

If you have not yet had the opportunity to watch his current series, ‘Italy’s Invisible Cities’, on BBC1, the episodes are available on BBC iPlayer. The first episode of his forthcoming new series, 'Michael Scott’s Sicily’, will be shown on BBC2 at 9pm on 31st January.