Alexander the Great in Cambridge

Wolfson College, Barton Road, Cambridge CB3 9BB, United Kingdom | Tel: 01223 762356 | Email:

A Holiday History Camp for Secondary School Students: 8-9 April 2015

 If you are thinking of applying to university to study humanities in the future, and want something to add to your personal statement

 Whether you are interested in classics and the ancient world, or just want to enrich your CV

 Whether you already have Greek language in GCSE or A levels, or don’t know any Greek at all

 Whether you’d like to learn the Greek alphabet, or work entirely in English Come and join us for a two-day adventure in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge.

We will introduce you to the expeditions and conquests of Alexander the Great through the text of Arrian (2nd century CE). We will make electronic maps of his journey using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, while also discussing key issues such as heroism, politics, empire and conquest. At the end of the two days you will receive a certificate of participation.

You will also be able to:  Improve your knowledge of geography and history  Improve your ability to discuss historical issues  Receive training in using mapping software  Develop research, IT and other skills  Experience working collaboratively in a team  Experience something of what it is like to study at the University of Cambridge, to be in the same environment and use the same equipment and software that researchers use for mapping and recording historical and archaelogical information

The Adventure will last for two days, 8-9 April 2015, 6 hours per day (9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00 each day, with a one-hour lunch break). You will be asked to bring a packed lunch and something to drink.

This activity is run by Civilizations in Contact, registered UK charity No. 1148995, which is affiliated with the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge. It will be led by a PhD student in the Faculty of Classics at the University and a PhD student in the Faculty of Education, as well as several adult helpers. The project builds on a successful pilot project that was run last year.

The charge of £25 for the two days is to cover the cost of materials and teachers’ time. A small number of bursaries are available on receipt of a letter from the school confirming the need.

Please send an email to register or to request more information to: Dr Sally K Church, Director


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