Classics for All Newsletter
    April 2015    


Letter from ChairmanLetter from Director | In their words: A Hunger for Latin!In their words: Classics @ Crickhowell | Grants Programme Fundraising EventsInside CfAFifth Anniversary Donor Recognition | About Us    
    Letter from the Chairman

Nicholas Barber

Nicholas Barber CBE, Chairman

Dear Supporter

CfA celebrates its fifth anniversary this year and to mark this we have published a list in this newsletter to recognise all who have donated to us over the years. We are most grateful to all our supporters, large and small.

In 2014 we met our target of raising over £200k, which has enabled us to award £130k in grants to 24 schools. This was encouraging, being £30k more than the £100k we had advertised and more than twice the £50k we had advertised for 2013. This took the number of schools supported by CfA grants to 200. Their response, from pupils and teachers alike, has been brimming with enthusiasm and it becomes ever clearer that our grants are being deployed wisely and effectively, and when measured per pupil are very good value for money.

For 2015 we have again doubled the amount advertised as available for grants, to £200k, and at our recent board meeting we awarded £137k with the balance to follow in the summer. This will take our total number of schools to 300, a significant milestone for a charity starting from scratch only five years ago.

Towards funding these grants we have so far raised £120k, leaving a further £180k still to be found (after allowing for expenses of £100k).

We are pursuing many avenues including trusts and foundations as well as individuals (the number of whom more than doubled last year). We have recently launched a Lawyers Group as a dedicated supporters club and its immediate success leads us to think there may be scope to do something similar in other professions such as accountants or bankers or asset managers; we would love to hear from anyone interested in getting involved with such a group.

More than ever Classics is in the air these days, what with Antigone at the Barbican, the Oresteia coming up at the Almeida, Greek Beauty at the British Museum, Bettany Hughes on Radio 4, and the BBC 4 ‘Age of Heroes’ Greek season ( age-of-heroes). The times are ripe for CfA to be ambitious.

Overall, CfA has been making excellent progress and I take the opportunity to thank our donors and teachers alike.

Nicholas Barber CBE, Chairman

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    Letter from Director   Jules Mann

Jules Mann, Executive Director
As I reflect on our fifth anniversary, the most striking thing is how CfA has moved from a well-planned ‘start up’ into the natural next phase of strategically-planned growth. In addition to fundraising to meet the rising demands for our work, we have been exploring ways that we can help get Classics into state schools nationwide using more local intelligence and linking up with others such as universities and local Classical Association members to help develop clusters of schools as classics hubs, such as those that are now established and expanding in Norfolk and Brighton.

Hilary Hodgson, our grants programme manager, has been facilitating this with potential applicants to help them ‘plug in’ to local partners, to strengthen their proposal of work before they put in an application to us for funding. Our Honorary Patrons, Professors Mary Beard, Paul Cartledge, Pat Easterling and Chris Pelling, along with CfA Trustee Professor Tom Harrison, have written to colleagues in Classics departments of universities nationwide, to encourage them to support CfA. There will be a natural progression of pupils who, introduced to Classics thanks to initial support from our grants, may choose to continue their classical studies at university.

Now that we have five rounds of school grants to put on a map, we can also populate that map with Classics department outreach officers from universities, local Classical Association branches, schools involved with Classics in Communities, schools that received grants from the Roman Society, or Friends of Classics… the list goes on. Once the map is populated we will begin to get a clearer picture of natural classics ‘hot spots’ where our support can be matched by others, or bare patches that may require some pump-priming. This illustrates one of many ways CfA is working on a broader scale than ever to achieve our goal of meeting demand. You will read specific examples about this demand in the articles by Barbara Bell and Jayne Treasure in this issue.

I thank all our donors and supporters from the past five years – we are stronger the more we work together, so keep up the support and spread the word widely!

Jules Mann, Executive Director

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    In their words: A hunger for Latin   Barbara Bell

Barbara Bell

A report from the Primary Latin Project

A friend of mine retired from Classics teaching a few years ago. When I asked her the best aspect of retirement, she replied without hesitation “It’s not having to fight any more.“ As an endangered species, Classicists are used to fighting hard for survival. Throughout my 40-year career I have experienced an emotional rollercoaster as I have seen subjects that are dear to me squeezed, threatened and sometimes put under intolerable pressure. There is no room for complacency and this essential promotion of the subject is exhausting. Imagine my joy, then, during the last 18 months when I have sensed a real hunger for Latin – often from the most unexpected quarters.

Recent legislation that languages must begin at primary level made 2014 a vital year to promote Latin. Many Headteachers have chosen Minimus because: a) it helps children’s literacy; b) it can be taught by non-specialists; c) grants are available; and d) training is available.

I have visited schools to train staff in the East End of London, Derby and Clacton-on-Sea, as well as in more affluent leafy suburbs. Almost without exception young teachers are keen, open to new challenges and often disgruntled that they have not had the chance to learn Latin themselves. My job is to show the older staff that times have changed, that modern, story-based text books engage children’s interest and are extremely useful in extending their vocabulary and understanding of English. In Dartford I trained 70 staff – only 7 had done Latin before. After a term of Latin the Deputy Head reports: “The children are loving the Latin; it is going very well.”

Jane Maguire’s excellent scheme in Norfolk, with initial grant support from CfA, is another example of Latin becoming embedded in an unlikely part of the country. With ongoing training and support from Jane and others the initial interest has been extended so that it is no mere flash in the pan. In the Midlands, too, exciting things are happening with Latin in primary schools. Anna Donnelly, an English advisor, has spearheaded the Solihull project where, after a day’s initial training, nine of her schools have embraced Minimus. One of those who attended the initial day, Kelly Vaughn, a Vice Principal at Jubilee Academy in Mossley, has spread the word in her area and a day of training is planned later in June.

A particularly exciting project is taking place next term in Bristol: Helen Aberdeen, who trains teachers in French, decided with her English counterpart, Lorna Smith, to offer an optional module for their students to learn to teach Minimus. I had hoped for a class of 10; in fact 50 students have signed up! The PGCE management have agreed that the class will be split and I will be running 10 sessions in total, 5 with English students and 5 with MFL. If this module goes well it could become a regular part of the PGCE course in Bristol; it could also be a model for teacher training in other parts of the country.

Watch this space!
Barbara Bell, Director, Primary Latin Project

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    In their words: Classics @ Crickhowell   Crickhowell School    
A report from Regional Champion Jayne Treasure

Having made the decision to take early retirement after 30 years of teaching, mainly in the independent sector, I approached the Headteacher of Crickhowell High School (my local comprehensive) in the spring of 2013 to offer Latin lessons on a voluntary basis. I went armed with a long list of reasons why this would be a good idea. I needed none of them; the offer was immediately taken up.

All students in Years 10 and 12 were offered the opportunity and two classes started in September 2013. There was a drop off in numbers during the first couple of weeks, which I had expected; lessons were scheduled for 8.30am and were entirely voluntary, the students had no previous experience of Latin and, hard though it is to imagine, not everyone loves it. However, those who persevered have remained loyal.

In February 2014, a small group of Year 8 students asked if they, too, could start Latin and so a third class was set up. Since it was clear that there was a demand and that the subject was fully supported by the leadership team, it was time to apply for a grant from CfA. Much to my delight, the bid was successful and a three-year grant was awarded to the school (the first in Wales); we are now half way through the first year. The number of classes has grown and there are now two classes in Key Stage 3, two in Key Stage 4 and one in Key Stage 5. Numbers are not huge – on average there are six students per class – but they are highly motivated and progress is swift. We still meet at 8.30am but have also added one lunchtime. A small number of students will sit Level 1 Latin (WJEC) this summer. One of the students told me recently that she had not expected to learn so much so quickly while having such fun. On behalf of the school, I would like to thank CfA for its invaluable support.

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    Grants Programme   CfA C    
    A report from CfA’s Grants Committee

This year’s applications came from all parts of the UK – from Nottingham to Newcastle, Crewe to Coventry, and Barton Peveril to Bury St Edmunds. From these applications awards have been made to over 20 primary and secondary schools, as well as university departments. The applications, as usual, were of a high quality and all showed the strong desire that we increasingly see to pursue the study of the classics and eventually to embed the study of the ancient and world, and its language and culture in the curriculum.

A number of the applications outlined their plans to work with other schools in their area in consortia, sometimes with one school acting as a ‘hub’, or a central resource – something which CfA is very keen to encourage. Others focused on the training of non-specialist teachers or teaching assistants to teach Latin to younger pupils in primary schools – a popular idea now that Latin, and indeed Greek, are recognised in the National Curriculum as approved options for the new requirement for primary schools to teach a foreign language.

Once again, the members of Grant Awarding Committee enjoyed working through the many and varied bids. We look forward to hearing of their successful implementation and visiting the schools to see our donors’ money put to good use.

List, in alphabetical order, of successful applicants

1. Academies Transformation Trust (Walsall
2. All Saints’ Roman Catholic School (York
3. Barton Peveril 6th Form College (Hampshire)
4. Cavendish School (Eastbourne)
5. Cheney School (East Oxford Classics Community Centre)
6. Christ the King (London)
7. Creative Education Trust (Midlands)
8. Dixons Trinity Academy (Bradford
9. Gildredge House (Eastbourne)
10. Heaton Manor School (Newcastle upon Tyne)
11. Jewish Free School (London)
12. King Edward VI Church of England Upper School (Suffolk)
13. Latin Programme (London)
14. Leicester University (Leicester)
15. Manchester University (Manchester)
16. Nottingham Trent University (Nottingham)
17. Pates Grammar School (Cheltenham)
18. Pollington-Balne Church of England Primary (Nr Doncaster)
19. Sidney Stringer Academy (Coventry)
20. South Dartmoor (Devon)
21. St Albans Girls' School (St Albans)
22. Storr’s High School (Sheffield)
23. Sudbury Academy (Suffolk)

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    Fundraising Events   Fundraising Events

    Earlier this year a group of supporters, led by Master of the Rolls Lord Dyson, Sir Francis Jacobs, Jonathan Rushworth, Rt Hon Sir Rupert Jackson and Sir David Wootton put a letter out to hundreds of individuals from the legal world to invite them to join in support of CfA. They wrote “As well as the close historical connections between Rome, Latin and the law, we are confident that an education in classics will not only improve the quality of education generally, but will also improve the quality of written English, and indeed the quality of reasoning and argument, obvious benefits for lawyers in particular.” The group hosted a launch reception at Two Temple Place on 19 March.

Thanks to supporters Dr Armand D’Angour, Sir Henry Brooke, Nicholas Barber CBE, Sir Francis Jacobs and The Rushworth Charitable Trust for donations towards the cost of the Lawyers Group Reception


Lawyers Group Reception from a sixth former’s perspective

‘Bona fide’, ‘et cetera’ – common phrases used in everyday language. So much Latin is used in our language and we don’t even realise it – and some of it is quite rude. There are so many Latin derivatives in our Anglo-Saxon English language, most originating from French, a dialect of Latin, for example, ‘breaking (Anglo-Saxon) and entering (Latin)’. I learned that little gem at the Classics For All Lawyers Group launch on 19th March. I was honoured to be there and hear Dr. Peter Jones and Lord Dyson speak. Lord Dyson explained how Latin helped him express himself ‘free from ambiguity’ and how the richness of vocabulary aided interpretation. He also commented on how very vulgar and graphic some Roman poets can be! I was introduced to Dr. Peter Jones at the beginning of the evening and when I told him I was studying Ovid as one of my texts for my A-level Latin he recommended Ovid’s Ars Amatoria (how to get your woman) and its follow-up Remedia Amoris (how to get rid of her). The evening really made me realise how Latin has helped me, with my languages, History and Chemistry! I even identify, in my head, the grammar used when I converse and then say what it would be in Spanish, French and Latin. It has also aided me in the person I have become, as I am sure it has helped many others and it can help so many still. I do maintain that Latin is the key. It does not have to be an 'academic subject’, simply a life skill perhaps. It is tarred with the ‘posh brush’ and it really isn’t. Anyone who has an interest in languages, Greek and Roman history, literature and culture, or who wants to dump their boyfriend or girlfriend, Latin is your subject. Latin is education. Education is a Human Right. Isn’t that what children fight for worldwide?

Post Scriptum: This article is not only ‘de bene esse’ but also ‘pro bono’.

To read excerpts from the speeches, click on their names: Lord Dyson and Dr Peter Jones.


Ella Morgan

Ella Morgan

Dr Ian Jenkins’ inside perspective on ‘Defining Beauty’
22 April at Goodenough College in Mecklenburgh Square WC1N

Billed as ‘the absolutely-must-see exhibition of the year’ by Rachel Campbell-Johnston in The Times, the British Museum’s major exhibition this year is ‘Defining beauty: The body in ancient Greek art’, and we are delighted that its curator Dr Ian Jenkins OBE FSA is giving an illustrated lecture in support of Classics for All. Six of the Parthenon Marbles, including Ilissos (which will be returning from the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg), will be featured in the exhibition. ‘Ian Jenkins, the curator, enjoys a bit of a provocation. He is open about claiming that Greece soared higher than any other ancient civilisation.’ (Jonathan Jones, The Guardian). We hope you will join us to hear Dr Ian Jenkins, with Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis as interlocutor leading a Q&A with the audience. Thanks to supporters Nicholas Barber CBE, Geoffrey de Jager, Justin Rushbrooke QC and one anonymous donor. Tickets available on the CfA website

Marble statue from the East pediment of the Parthenon. © The Trustees of the British Museum.
Greece vs. Rome, with Boris Johnson and Mary Beard

On November 19th Intelligence Squared will host the ultimate clash of civilisations: Greece vs Rome. The event also promises to be the ultimate clash of intellectual titans. Boris Johnson, Mayor of London and ardent classicist, will be making the case for Greece; while Mary Beard, Professor of Classics at Cambridge and redoubtable media star, will be championing Rome

As Boris will argue, the Greeks got there first: in literature, history, art and philosophy. Homer’s epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey, are the foundations of European literature. The Greek myths – the tales of Oedipus, Heracles and Persephone, to name but a few – contain the archetypal plot elements on which even Hollywood films depend today. It was in ancient Athens that the birth of democracy took place under the leadership of the great statesman Pericles. Nothing before or since has matched the political and cultural flourishing that took place at that time in a slice of Mediterranean coast smaller than Gloucestershire, with a population the size of Bristol’s.

But as Mary Beard will remind us, Greece eventually lost out to Rome. Across their vast empire the Romans stamped a permanent legacy on architecture, language, religion and politics. While nothing can detract from the brilliance of Greek literature, the great Roman writers have an immediacy unmatched by any other ancient culture. Virgil, Horace and Cicero reach out to us with voices that make the intervening 2,000 years vanish. While Athens declined, Rome became the eternal city, home to the greatest classical buildings on earth – the Colosseum, the Pantheon and Trajan’s column. Thanks to the emperor Constantine, Christianity became the presiding European religion and the force that shaped the Renaissance. Europe is still built in Rome’s image, despite the fall of the Roman Empire.

Some say that if Mary Beard had been in charge, the Roman Empire would never have fallen. Others say Boris is soon to be the Pericles of Downing Street. Who gets your vote?

Tickets from £10 from every ticket will be donated to Classics for All.

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  Greece versus Rome
    Inside CFA    
    CfA is happy to announce that we will be launching a new-look website this summer, and hope this will be another occasion to spread the word about Classics For All, be that by talking to friends who might be interested in the charity or by following @classicsforall on Twitter and on Facebook (

Forthcoming Friends of Classics survey on the value of classics

In 1990, the Council of University Classics Departments carried out a limited but in-depth survey of classicist businessmen about the value which they felt their study of classics had added to their careers. It was published as a pamphlet entitled Classics in the Market-place, and widely distributed among schools and universities. The reaction to it was extremely favourable.

We now feel it is time to carry out a similar survey to the original one, this time using the power of the internet to reach a wider spectrum of respondents – in this case, Friends of Classics and supporters of Classics for All. The survey will be organised by the professional market researcher and Friend Colin McDonald, whose other surveys for Friends have been invaluable in framing the appeals for Classics for All, in strict accordance with the legislation relating to internet data privacy and Market Research Society rules. The questionnaire should take about 15 minutes.

The statistics and analysis of the results – all strictly anonymous – will be made widely available on the web, and distributed to schools and other interested parties; we expect them to provide important ammunition for developing the future work of our charity.

Jeannie Cohen, Peter Jones, Colin McDonald.

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    Fifth Anniversary Donor Recognition   Girl Reading    
  To mark our Fifth Anniversary we would like to thank all who have supported CfA throughout our early years. We have devised a number of recognition categories and to make them more fun than conventional labels we have given them names from the Classical world, a mixture of Greek and Roman which we hope will raise a smile.

We value each and every donor who supports the cause of bringing Classics into state schools. We wouldn’t be where we are today without each one of you. A very big thank you for your role in helping us develop CfA’s grant programme that so successfully enriches the education of increasing numbers of pupils in Britain's state schools.

The special Fifth Anniversary list below shows names according to the cumulative value of your donations to CfA from early 2010 through early 2015. In subsequent years we will publish a list of our regular and major donors, year on year, demonstrating to larger donors that CfA has an increasingly broad base of popular support. Moreover we know that many of you are contributing more than money: you are at the forefront of spreading the word about our work both to schools and other potential donors.

We never forget that it was the Centurions who formed the backbone of the Roman army. Our Praetorians reinforce our efforts to build the sort of solid financial base which will add credibility for our applications to Trusts and Foundations. Beyond this are further levels of supporters whose larger donations allow us to apply their support across a number of schools, including in some cases towards schools in a geographic area chosen by the donor and in other cases to provide a match for fundraising from others.

Our donors have been enabling CfA to establish real momentum. Whatever your level of support, all of us at CfA are profoundly grateful. The feedback from our growing number of schools, both teachers and pupils, is highly positive. Which means your money is being put to excellent use, and providing an ever stronger platform on which to recruit many more donors all the way from Centurions to Olympians.
Olympians £100,000 and over

(1) Heroes £50,000 and over
Anonymous (1)
Sir Jeremy Morse

Consuls £10,000 and over
Anonymous (2)
Geoffrey and Caroline de Jager
Stuart Lyons CBE
Dr Cecilia Powell
The Rushworth Charitable Trust

Senators £5,000 and over
Mr Andrew Bagley
Nicholas and Sheena Barber
Matthew Lindsey-Clark
Mrs Karen Segal
Tessa Smith

Praetorians £1,000 and over
Anonymous (5)
Mr G R Abbott
Nicholas and Diana Baring
Hugh Bonneville
Sir Henry Brooke
Mr Peter G. McC. Brown
Mr Alex Campbell
Christopher A. Clarke
Sir Anthony Cleaver
Jeannie Cohen
Mrs Irene Cox
Mr Matthew Craston
Mr Noel De Keyzer
Ms Pat Dugdale
Sir Nicholas Goodison
Ms Pauline Hire
Sir Francis Jacobs
Dr Peter Jones
Lorna Kellet
Mr Henry King
Edmund and Louise King
Lord and Lady Lloyd
Mr Christos Nifadopoulos
Christian Parker
David and Hilary Riddle
Mr Charles Skinner
Charlotte and Dennis Stevenson
Tom Stoppard
Daniel Tyrer
Anne and Peter Wiseman
Miss G Wright

Centurions £100 and over
Anonymous (102)
Ms Fleur Adcock
Ms Deborah Scott Anderson
Mr William Arnold
Mr Peter Attenborough
Mr Richard Barber OBE
Sir David Bean
Mr Julian Beauchamp
Mr Martin Ben-Nathan

Mr Jack Black

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Mr Christopher Bond
Lord Boswell of Aynho
Dr Angus Bowie
Mr Michael Brindle QC
The Rt Hon the Lord Butler of
Brockwell KG GCB CVO
Mrs Celia Cartwright
Professor Elizabeth Cooke
Mr Nic Cooper
Mr John Crawley
Mr Stephen Crew
Mr Diarmid Cross
Mr and Mrs Robert and Elaine Culshaw
Professor James Stevens Curl
Dr. Armand D’Angour
Professor J A Davis
Mr Peter Diplock
Mr Justin Doherty
Mrs Mary Ruth Donaldson
Dr Challoner's High School
Mr Colin Drummond OBE
Mr Timothy Dye
Garth & Jools Eaglesfield
Mr Andrew Edwards
Ms Sophie Emler
Mr Edward Richard Enfield
Mrs Jean Flemming
Dr Roger Forder
Professor R Fowler
Mr Andrew Galloway
Martin Gordon OBE
Alastair Strathearn Gordon
Sarah Goudge
Sir John Graham
Mr Peter Griffiths
Mr Murray Hallam

Mr Martin Hattrell
Mr Michael Holmes
Sir John Hood
Mr Philip Hooker
Mrs Rosie Hytner
Ms Sarah Jackson OBE
The Rt Hon Sir Rupert Jackson
Miss Susan Jones
Martha Kearney
Mrs Ann Dwelly Kentfield
The Rt Hon the Lord King of Bridgwater
Miss Margaret Knight
N J G Lane
Mr A G P Lang
Mr Jonathan Lubran
Mr Ian Macfarlane
Mr Robert T Magson
Mr Michael Malone-Lee
Miranda Margetson
Baron McColl of Dulwich CBE
Colin McDonald
Jamie and Alexandra McKerchar
The Rt Hon Lord Millett PC
Mr Nicholas Milner-Gulland
Ms Athina Mitropoulos
Dr Sylvia Moody
Dr Penelope Murray
Mr P A Osmond
Mrs Anne E Parsons
Mr John K W Pearse
Mr Jim Peers
Mr James Peggie
Mr George Peretz
Mrs Isobel Pinder
Miss Joyce Powell
Mr David Raeburn
Mrs Isabel Raphael
Mr L D C Rees
Mr Christopher Roberts
David Robinson
Professor W J N Rudd
Mrs Giustina Ryan
Sir Konrad Schiemann
Ms Pam Sebag-Montefiore
Dr Jennifer Secker
Dr Michael Sharp
Mr Martin Shenfield
Mrs Kathleen Shipley
Stephen Sklaroff
Mr H K Smith
Mr M T R Smith
Professor Martin Ferguson Smith OBE
Mr R D Soames
Anthony Speaight QC
Peter Sterwin
Mr Mark Studer
Mr Rory Sutherland
Lord Toulson
Mr David Tristram
The Rt Hon the Lord Waldegrave of North Hill
Mr P J Walker
Mr Richard Wharton
Mrs Joan Ellen Wheeler-Bennett JP DL Mr R W L Wilding
Mr Anthony J T William
Mrs Sara Wood

Charitable Trusts & Foundations

Binks Trust

Garfield Weston Foundation

Anonymous (2)
John S Cohen Foundation
A G Leventis Foundation
The Linbury Trust
Rushworth Charitable Trust

Anonymous (1)
Dowley Charitable Trust
Greek Embassy

Anonymous (3)
The Fishmongers’ Company
Scientific Instrument Makers Trust
    About us        

Our Patrons
Professor Mary Beard OBE
Lord Butler of Brockwell
Professor Paul Cartledge
Colin Dexter OBE
Professor Pat Easterling
Michael Fallon MP
Lord Faulkner of Worcester
Tony Harrison
Ian Hislop
Tom Holland
Bettany Hughes
Boris Johnson
Martha Kearney
Joanna Lumley OBE FRGS
Stuart Lyons CBE
Sir Jeremy Morse KCMG
Professor Christopher Pelling
Lord Stevenson of Coddenham
Sir Tom Stoppard CBE

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Our Trustees
Nicholas Barber CBE,
Christopher Clarke,
Hon Treasurer
Jeannie Cohen
Carolyn Foreman
Professor Thomas Harrison
Sarah Jackson OBE
David Tristram

Executive Director
Jules Mann
Our Advisers,
Communication Volunteers
and Consultants

Dr Peter Jones MBE,
Hilary Hodgson,
Grant Programme Manager
James Murray,
Grant Programme Assistant
Lorna Bower,
Communications Adviser
Fleur Macdonald,
Sarah Rowley,

For a list of our student volunteers and Ambassadors of Ancient Greek please see here

  Cambridge University Press

Principal Corporate Sponsors:
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