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Rumble Fund Trip 2018-19

Rumble 2018-19 birdsThis year  the Rumble Fund trip  returned to Greece: in December 2018, twenty-four BA and MA students from the King’s Department of Classics visited around twenty museums and sites in Athens, Attica and Delphi.

The trip again formed part of a taught module on the ‘Classical Art of the Body: Greek Sculpture and its Legacy' and was led by Prof. Michael Squire.

Participants were particularly excited to receive a special guided tour inside the Parthenon, which is usually closed to the public (thanks to assistance from the Greek Archaeological Service); they also benefited from the opportunity to meet students from the University of Athens, following a special reception at the British School at Athens.

As always, the Department of Classics is very grateful to our various partners in Greece, not least to Prof. Dimitris Plantzos – for his wonderful lecture on ‘Mind the Gap: Revisiting Greece’s national “sites of trauma”’.

Rumble 2018-19 classroomStudents themselves provide the best testimony of what these trips mean to the Department of Classics. Below are two videos – by students Yifan Liu and Daisy Pepper – that document the trip. We are grateful, too, to Charlotte Ellery for showing us how this year’s trip inspired a new oil-painting of the Parthenon; and to Emily Addison for sharing her poem with us.

The winners of this year’s competition for the best diary and photograph of the trip were Daisy Pepper and Eleanor Goddard, but a whole range of entries can be seen by searching for the hashtag #kclrumble18; winners were announced at the beginning of the 2019 Rumble Lecture, delivered by Prof. Jas Elsner on 13 March 2019.

Plans are already advanced for the 2019-2020 trip (in October 2019). The trip marks a new destination for our King’s Rumblers, who will be embarking on a seven-day excursion to Rhodes (via Athens)…

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Rumble Memorial Fund 2018 - Greece

In a thoughtful and engaging video essay, King's Liberal Arts student and Rumble Trip participant Yifan Liu describes how only by visiting ancient sites and examining artifacts in person can students of antiquity truly "communicate with the past".

Rumble Memorial Fund 2018 - Athens

Here Classics student Daisy Pepper treats the viewer to a visual tour of some of Athens and the surrounding area's most important and beautiful classical sites.