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 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 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.