Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

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I can’t wait to talk to Dr Elena Theodorakopoulos of Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Birmingham on Thursday afternoon! Sign up via the Eventbrite link below where you will also see the opportunity to submit questions in advance of the event.
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Hi everyone!

Most of you reading this won't know me, but I'm your newly elected School of History and Cultures Rep for the year! This means I sit in on all education committees for the school as a whole, along with academics and the head of School.

As part of this role, I represent all undergraduate students at a School level, which means that I'm your first point of contact for anything that needs to be escalated to that level. Of course, I'll be working closely with the undergraduate course reps as well, but feel free to email me at [email protected] if you have anything you're concerned with about the school as a whole.

I'm hoping to come along to some lectures over the coming weeks so you all know my face. I'm friendly, I promise, so please get in touch me with me if you need to!

The Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology is the home of the study of classics, an

This page will keep you up to date with the latest news and events from CAHA.

Operating as usual

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It was wonderful to see so many of you at graduation yesterday! 🎓

Well done and please keep in touch with us. We love hearing what you go on to do! ❤👏

06/12/2022

✨ Congratulations to our December 2022 Graduates ✨

We hope you have a wonderful day and look forward to seeing you at the reception in the Aroma Room after your ceremony!

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📣 We need student reps!
📅 Sign up by THIS FRIDAY!
🔗 guildofstudents.com/studentreps/becomearep

Student Reps are an important part of our School and Departmental community. Their role is vital in ensuring the student voice is heard. They work directly with staff members to act on student feedback received from their cohorts and to discuss topics about which staff need to have a student perspective upon, such as academic support provision or updates to programme structures.

This is an exciting and prestigious opportunity for students, so get involved. We would love to work with you.

06/10/2022

Huge congrats to CAHA alum, Zainab, who will be working with the College on Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion!


diversity_uob Meet Zainab, one of our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Ambassadors for 22/23 ✨

10/08/2022

Languages for All have free language courses available to undergraduate students at the University of Birmingham! 🥳

Registration is currently open and closes on Friday 12th August!

For more information and to apply, please visit: 🔗https://birmingham.ac.uk/lfa

N.B. these courses are separate to your degree programme.

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Congratulations to our 2022 summer graduates! 🎓🎉

What a wonderful (if rather hot) day! 🌞

Tag us in your photos so that we can continue celebrating with you. 📷

Not goodbye, but see you soon. Please do keep in touch!

21/06/2022

Check out what our Archaeology students have found on their dig. What an awesome opportunity and experience! Let us know what else you find. ⛏🥳

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Thank you so much to everyone who came to the Dissertation Poster Conference this afternoon. It was wonderful to see you all! 🌟🎉

10/06/2022

If you have some time on Saturday 11 June, why not stop by the Guild Debating Hall for a free Summer Arts Exhibition? Some amazing art work on display, including from CAHA students. Several classical mythology and Sappho inspired artwork too!

31/05/2022

📣 Final Year UG Students - sign up for the History and Cultures Dissertation Poster Conference!

🔗 http://tinyurl.com/DPC2022

We know many of you are still completing assessments, but once those are done we would love to have the opportunity to celebrate all your hard work and research with you over a drink and some refreshments!

The History & Cultures’ Dissertation Poster Conference is your chance to showcase your dissertation research in a succinct visual format to the School community! The ability to present your research in this format is sought after by employers and is a great skill for those going into academia.

By filling in the sign up form your are simply registering your interest. Further details and top tips on how to build a poster will be sent to you once you have completed the form.

✉️ If you have any questions, please email your Student Experience Officer Antonia at [email protected]

30/05/2022

Has a member of staff at the University made a positive difference to you this year? Have they inspired you to achieve more? Have they supported you through difficult times? Who has made that tricky module make sense? We want to hear from you about the people who have been there for you.

🎥 Send a video or a few words via email to [email protected] 📧

23/05/2022

Good luck to everyone beginning assessments this week. ☘

Following feedback from our Cohort and Equality & Inclusion Student Reps, we have booked a series of work spaces in the Arts Building.

Each room will be a quiet study space in order to allow people to get on with their assessments. But there will be check-in spaces where you will have the opportunity to talk to peers and Student Experience Officers.

Full details 🔗 tinyurl.com/APSS22

06/05/2022

Today’s 9th Annual Birmingham Egyptology Symposium was a fantastic day with 10 brilliant talks about a range of topic relating to ‘Shifting Sands: Change Over Time in Ancient Egypt’. Thank you to all our speaker and attendees for making our first hybrid Egyptology symposium such a success!

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🌸 Campus is looking beautiful today 🌸

Well done to those of you handing in essays and dissertations today or some time soon. Please do share any celebratory pictures with us!

Take care and enjoy the sunshine ☀️🌻

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Thank you Greece for a fabulous time! We look forward to seeing you again next year with a new group of second year undergraduates!

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Today we visited the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidauros. It's an ancient healing shrine with an amazing 4th c. BCE theatre. We heard fantastic talks from the students plus a choral rendition of the Homeric Hymn to Asklepios.

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Another amazing day in Delphi at the bellybutton of the world! We heard fantastic lightning talks from our students in the site and a special visit from a lovely dog!

11/04/2022

Not a bad view from the hotel!

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Another fantastic day. We started out at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, had a pit stop with some lovely cats, followed by lunch by the sea. We finished the day in Delphi the centre of the world!

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More photos from today's visit to the Athenian Acropolis. We were joined by CAHA's Dr Elena Theodorakopoulos and Dr Michell Chresfield from the Department of History. We had talks from Dr Andrew Bayliss who spoke about the Persians and Athenian foundation myths, and Dr Maeve McHugh who spoke about the Acropolis after Antiquity. Along the way we spotted a tortoise who was keen to hear what Dr Bayliss had to say about the Acropolis!

11/04/2022

The study tour group on the Athenian Acropolis.

08/04/2022

At the theatre but there doesn’t seem to be anything showing :( A particular highlight of 2022’s Study Tour!

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Wonderful to see so many of you for pizza today! 🍕

Thanks to those of you who filled in the National Student Survey or the UK Engagement Survey whilst you were with us. If you haven't done so yet, please follow the links below (they will also be in our bio and story).

NSS - Final year undergraduate students
🔗www.thestudentsurvey.com

UKES - All non-final year undergraduate students
🔗https://bham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/uob-ukes-2022

PG students: there will be more info about your official survey soon!

17/03/2022

🌷 Spring is here!

Looking forward to seeing some of you on our beautiful campus for pizza later today.

14/03/2022

🍕 Pizza Party 🍕
Join us in Arts Lecture Room 5 on Thursday 17th March at 12-2pm to feedback via the student surveys taking place at the moment and to grab some pizza!

📌 Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options will be provided. Please do join us even if you have already completed the survey.

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We have our next undergraduate and postgraduate Student Staff Forums taking place on Wednesday 16th March.

Please send any feedback you have on your academic experience to your student representatives.
See who your student representatives are:
CAHA UG Student Reps - https://canvas.bham.ac.uk/courses/55158/pages/Student%20Representation?titleize=0
PGT Student Reps - https://canvas.bham.ac.uk/courses/55426/pages/Student%20Representation?titleize=0

Here are some examples of feedback we have actioned from recent SSFs:
🔵More induction style socials.
- School welcome back pizza and quiz.

🔵Online and in person study support.
- Student and assessment support week events include bespoke SHaC sessions on this.
- Online study hangouts run twice weekly.
- Dissertation study hangouts taking place each week.

🔵Better content warnings for teaching sessions.
- Working with Equality and Inclusivity reps and leads across the College to develop this.

🔵Provide a clear statement on how presentations are assessed.
- Departments have issued statements to relevant teaching groups around this.

🔵Have a set space for events and opportunities relevant to students in the School.
- The School Events and Opportunities Hub has been developed, it is embedded in Canvas hubs and shared on departmental Instagram and Facebook stories weekly.

🔵Bespoke timetabling concerns from various cohorts.
- Head of Education has fed these back to see if they can be improved for future academic years

08/03/2022

💜 Happy International Women's Day 💜

One of the perks of being on campus later last night was seeing Old Joe looking stunning in purple ready for International Women's Day (IWD).

There is a lot going on for IWD and Women's History Month. Check out the programme of events and have a look at the SHaC Events and Opportunities Hub.

🔗 https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/events/international-womens-day/index.aspx

🔗 tinyurl.com/SHaCPadlet

What were the causes of the war in Ukraine and what is the history behind it? 07/03/2022

Thanks to Dr Klaus Richter and Postgraduate Researcher Gavriil Boutziopoulos from the School of History and Cultures for putting this video together last week.

Here, Dr Klaus Richter explores the importance of historical narratives in understanding the nature of the invasion and war.

Dr Klaus Richter is a historian of modern Eastern Europe, focused mainly on the social history of Poland and the Baltics, Germany’s relations with Eastern Europe, and the history of nationalism and ethnic conflict. Dr Richter is also the director of the Institute for German and European Studies (IGES).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBO1h2DMgX4&t

What were the causes of the war in Ukraine and what is the history behind it? Dr Klaus Richter from the Department of History, explores the importance of historical narratives in understanding the nature of the invasion and war.Dr Klau...

03/03/2022

A boot full of doughnuts for to take to today's dissertation writing hangout. 🚗🍩

Muirhead 121
12-3pm
Drop in whenever and grab a coffee and a doughnut!

See you there!

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Next week is Student Support Week and we have loads going on!

Here are some top picks, but you can find full details in the highlighted story and on our Events and Opportunities Hub 🔗tinyurl.com/SHaCPadlet.

Pictured here:
🔴 Keeping Up and Catching Up
🔴 Dissertation Writing Hangout
🔴 Thinking of Doing an MA information event
🔴 Academic Writing Advisory Service and Careers Network Sessions

24/02/2022

Listen here 🎧🔗 https://tinyurl.com/QueerClassic

In the School of History and Cultures we have a brilliant podcast called Perspectives that was founded last academic year.

Recently, Dr Hannah Cornwell and Dr Dan Reynolds spoke with two wonderful CAHA alumni, Izzie Heis and Charlie Charleston-Stokes, for an episode on Queerness and the Classics. We felt this should be shared during LGBTQIA+ History Month.

Do listen to this and our other episodes.

If you want to get involved or if you simply have ideas for future episodes or topics that you would like to hear about then please do get in touch with either Hannah Cornwell or Antonia Parker Smith.

Alumni - remember you are still a valued part of our community and we would love to hear from you too!

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OK, I know that this is basically a post about posts, but I am just inexplicably happy about our updated Student Representation notice boards in the foyer of the third floor of the Arts building (opposite the School of History and Cultures Reception). 📌🥳

We still have a looong way to go with updating the notice boards, but this is a start.

🔑 Please let me what you want to see on the notice boards around the School. It can be anything from specific information to images of inspirational people from your discipline or pictures from our events. Comments below or in the story!

16/02/2022

📣Undergraduate Module Choice📣

You can now find information about the modules available to you next academic year on Canvas. You will have been added to the relevant Canvas course for this today. If for any reason you are having trouble accessing the Canvas course then please contact [email protected].

📅 The form itself will be open from
10am Monday 21st February 2022
until 10am Monday 7th March 2022.

Do start looking now so that you can take the time to consider your options.

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What a brilliant quiz and social we just had. Thanks to everyone for coming and making it such a fun time. Congrats to the winning team - picturer receiving their golden tickets to Cadbury's World! Here's to more community events like this in future! 🍕🎫🍫

11/01/2022

🎊 A belated Happy New Year to you all from campus! We hope you all had a lovely 'winterval'.

We know many of you may be in these study spaces or at least utilising their resources online at the moment with the various assessments you have going on. Well done for any you have handed in and good luck with those that you are still working on. We think you are great no matter what.

Remember to be kind to yourself. Step outside and take a break when you can. 😌

22/12/2021

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us here in SHaC.

We are now signing off for the winter break until Tuesday 4th January 2022. We hope you all manage to find some time to rest and enjoy the festive season.

Details of the library opening hours and the support available during the closed period can be found below.
https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/libraryservices/library/libraries-and-opening-hours/opening-hours.aspx
https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/student/dates/christmas/opening-times.aspx

Take care of yourselves and we look forward to seeing you in the new year!

20/12/2021

Here’s a little festival (Roman) cheer to celebrate Saturnalia in the CAHA Caupona. We’ve been making Conditum Paradoxum or Spiced Wine, a recipe courtesy of Apicius and adapted by Sally Grainger and Andrew Dalby.

We’d love to here from you, if you also fancy giving this recipe a go (and you can find it on our post on 19th December).

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Today in a festival CAHA caupona we are making Conditum Paradoxum (spiced wine) to celebrate Saturnalia!

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