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Heroes and figures of the ancient world still influence society today. But how much? And who has had the most profound effect on us? This was the question tackled at the inaugural Classics Symposium evening.
Twelve pupils, from the Upper Fifth to the Upper Sixth, presented on the ancient individual whom they believe had the greatest impact on modern society. The presentations were thought-provoking and engaging, covering a range of figures including Euclid, Aristotle, Galen and Gaius Marius.
Special mention to Catherine Perkins (Lower Sixth, Gloucester), Alex Taylor (Upper Fifth, North) and Max Simpson (Upper Fifth, West), who all delivered outstanding talks with first prize awarded to Tom Sanders (Upper Sixth, Montgomery). His impassioned argument for Homer continued on the theme at the Chaplain's assembly considering the impact of the archetypal hero on modern story-telling.
In honour of the ancient symposia, everyone sat down to eat after the presentations, allowing staff to converse with pupils about their ancient world research and inspiration. We hope to make this an annual event, giving pupils an opportunity to continue the tradition of the great thinkers that came before.
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