Monday, October 8, 2018


Hey everyone, 

Quite a short blog post here about my second Classics trip (this one to Athens) at the beginning of this year. Anyone who knows me, knows that I have always had a fascination with ancient archaeology and mythology. From my GCSE classes in Year 10 up until my final year at university, Greek history continues to interest me. My trip to Athens earlier this year was amazing! It was great to see artefacts and remains that I had only seen in textbooks for 7 years! 

I was particularly excited about venturing to Athens as it was a topic of discussion in my dissertation, the main focus being Athena, the patron goddess of the city. Visiting Athens allowed me to include my own pictures and sources, and, of course, have a much better understanding and appreciation for the goddess and her city. Understandably, this is not something that would interest a huge amount of people, but for me, a bit of a Classics nerd, my week in Athens was fabulous and I came back with over 600 photos!  

The city of Athens is stunning and if you are a Classics lover like me, then it is very worth going for a few days to look around the city. Obviously, the main historical attraction of archaeological interest is the Parthenon, filled with temples dedicated to Athena. It is a beautiful site located on a hill overlooking the rest of Athens. I won’t list every place my friends and I visited, but I will leave some photos down below, in the hope that they might interest some of you reading! 

For those of you reading this blog post who study Classics/Ancient History at school or university, I would highly recommend going to this city. I know how dull lectures and seminars can be but visiting the place you are studying really does make the learning and understanding so much more enjoyable and fun. I am so glad I went to Athens this year! It was also so great to go to a different city and not have to worry about having a panic attack or feeling overly anxious. This certainly made the trip one of the best I have been on!

Finally, I just want to thank the Royal Holloway Classics department for two incredible trips to Rome and Athens. They were definitely the highlight of my last year at university and they reminded me why I chose to study Ancient History and why I love it so much! 

B x


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