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Classics projects with the URSS

Becca Battles
Becca is a finalist at Warwick University studying Classical Civilisations, and is hoping to go on to do Postgraduate this coming academic year. Her main area of interest is ancient religion and she wrote her undergraduate dissertation on Persephone and her multiple personalities and representations.
Becca's URSS project is about the Eleusinian Mysteries. Eleusis, a city just outside Athens, was home to one of the most influential and ancient cults, believed to have originated from Mycenaean practices. The Homeric Hymn to Demeter describes how Demeter, searching for her daughter Persephone, arrived in Eleusis and established the Mysteries. The cult is called "The Mysteries" as every initiand was sworn to secrecy over the rites, however we believe that Demeter and Persephone were central to the worship. The Eleusinian Mysteries were highly influential and popular, holding great esteem across the ancient world and throughout history. Becca is hoping to go to Eleusis this summer and visit the site and museum to discover more about the Mysteries.
Katharine Broderick

Kat is a finalist in Classical Civilisation here at the University of Warwick. Her URSS project looks at the lessons we in the modern world can learn from Ancient Athenian Democracy, and particularly the solutions we can find by looking to Athenian democracy, for problems which still exist now. Barack Obama claims that we face a 'truth decay', a crisis of fact, where the truth is no longer important, rather, all that matters is the powers of persuasion. This is an issue which was certainly present in the 6th and 5th Centuries BC, which is the period Kat's project will focus on, and so her research will look to the problems this issue caused, and how we in the modern world can avoid them - if it is not already too late. Through her project she is going to develop a poster on this topic, as well as a blog, to help more people learn about the ancient world, and its relevance to modern life.

Kat is also the Producer of our upcoming production of The Bacchae which will be taking place in 2022.

Tallulah George

Tallulah is an incoming third year Classical Civilisation student. Her research project is entitled ‘Museum Vlogs’ although Vlogs are just one element of her project. She will be interviewing experts at museums and ancient sites and producing YouTube and TikTok videos as well as written reports discussing their favourite object that they think should have more attention from the public. The aim of this project is to help make Classics more accessible and bring the field to a wider audience by publishing engaging interviews and object studies, simplifying and streamlining the facts. An important element in communicating these select pieces of information effectively is by demonstrating the impact they have on the modern world and thus emphasising how ancient studies should be more ‘mainstream’ to understand out modern world.

Rebecca Preedy

Rebecca is a finalist studying Ancient History and Classical Archaeology with Study in Europe. Last year she spent her year abroad in Rome, where she continued to develop her passion for archaeology and material culture. Rebecca will be taking her love of the ancient world to a new level next year, with a taught MA in Ancient Visual and Material Culture of Rome here at Warwick. For her URSS project, Rebecca wanted to create something that would help local children develop an interest in archaeology and the romans. Her project, in conjunction with the department’s Roman Coventry Project, will see the creation of handling boxes in the form of Roman time capsules. Through liaison with museums in the Coventry area, these time capsules will contain real and replica objects associated with Roman Coventry that will be used in schools for hands-on educational sessions. There will also be an online version, with activities associated with the time capsules and the ‘characters’ who created them. Rebecca is hoping that this project will inspire children in the Coventry area to start thinking about the history and archaeology around them in a creative way and encourage their interest in the Roman world.