Bring on Term 2!

Hey All,

I hope you’ve had a fantastic Christmas break. I personally saw if anything too many family members and drank far too much gin for my good but had a good time away from it all, however boy I am glad to be back!

Last term was a great time to term 2 welcome back.jpgbe in Warwick Classics with all sorts of different events popping up weekly and this term is no different!


We have a screening of Troy on Tuesday (10th), A Glitter ‘N’ Glad-Rags Circle on Friday (13th) and plenty of other events to keep an eye out for. You will have spotted that our wonderful Play Director Ed has been posting about Antigone and its culmination on the 23rd January – get your tickets now! (if you haven’t already of course – more info here)

We’ve also got our second ever annual Classics Ball in the Leamington Pump Rooms midway through this term and we are due to be having and info meeting about our Easter tour so watch out for more stuff on those fronts also. As a general rule, keep an eye out for what we’re up to as it’s never too late to get involved in the society. My first circle in first year was the equivalent of the Glitter ‘N’ Glad-Rags Circle (the first one of Term 2) and from that point I never looked back! If you want to know more about what events we’ve done in the past, check out our Instagram (officialwarwickclassics) and Twitter account (@WarwickClassics).

Hope that you are looking forward to all these events as much as I am and if you see me around (probably in the common room) don’t hesitate to say hey! I hope you all have a cracking Term 2 and I’m sure I’ll see you around at some point.

Jesse – President

Antigone 2017


On the 23rd of January 2017, Warwick Classics Society in conjunction with the Warwick Classics department will showcase their annual Greek play.

2016 saw Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, the year before was Thesmophoriazusae. This year marks the first tragic production – Sophocles’ Antigone, directed by second year Ancient History and Classical Archaeology student, Edward Villers.

Antigone is the story of the daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, her fortune destroyed by a  family curse. She is determined to bury her brother, against the strict orders of her uncle, and the ruler of Thebes, Creon. Controversy unfolds as tyranny, tragedy and emotion take hold. Antigone battles against it all, a true rebel force against the patriarchy.

The directorate have the fortune of working with experts in physical theatre to create a production, unlike any other. Antigone redefines ancient tradition, and so will the performance. With a cast ranging from drama students to Classics students, from those who have taken part in the play three years running, to those who have never stepped on a stage before, this is Antigone 2017.

To book tickets, at £6 each, click here.

To view our trailer, produced by Warwick BFT, click here.

A Christmas Message

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Hello everyone!

Congratulations, you’ve officially made it to the last week of the first term of the year! If you’re anything like me, you’re feeling tired, broke, and several pounds heavier (student life, eh?), but hopefully you’ve also had a busy and satisfying term filled with seminars and socialising! As you stagger home for the holidays and into the arms of someone who knows how to make a dinner with vegetables in, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for being a part of the Classics Society – we’ve had wonderful socials, raised money for charity, played some sport, rehearsed for a play – we’ve done it all, and next term we’ll be doing it all again, bigger and better! (Did someone say ball? Or maybe they said Antigone?)

Take these weeks off to relax and take it easy, especially if you’re a first year! Second years, keep up with reading, but not too much! Third years? Maybe the less said there the better… Don we now our gay apparel – crank up the Christmas tunes, put on your ugliest Christmas jumper, and stuff yourself silly with Quality Street. Watch some Love Actually, try not to cry too much over that bit where Emma Thompson finds out her husband’s been cheating, and practise your best ‘oh, I love it!’ face for when your great-great aunt three times removed comes to visit with a present that you will inevitably hate. Spread all the love and joy you can this holiday season, forget about the woes of lectures for a bit, and come back next year raring to go for a busy few months!

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Good Riddance to 2016!

Lots of Love, Meg xoxo (Vice-Pres)

by Meg Christmas

Rep you society! RAG

Katie Sewell is a second year Ancient History and Classical Archaeology student, and one of the two social secs in RAG…

social-sec-ragsHello fellow Classicists! A few words from me here about Warwick RAG, and why this department should definitely get more involved!

My name is Katie, and for those of you who do not know me, I’m very tall and very blonde and probably block your view in some of your lectures. I’m currently one ½ of the Social Sec duo for RAG- one of the biggest societies on Campus. With over 1000 members, Warwick RAG is a staple in the Copper Rooms before Pop!

At the beginning of my first year, I was dragged into this society by the prospect of a bar crawl, and haven’t left since. It is an absolutely fantastic charity- in my first year I attended loads of socials, raised over £3000 for charity and trekked to Machu Picchu in Peru. And the good news is, you can do this too!

It’s not too late to get involved in the society this year. Our welcome talks for the Amazon Brazil Trek, the Three Peaks Challenge, Volunteering at the Thai Elephant Sanctuary and the London to Paris Cycle Marathon are all still warwick-ragto come. And Gracie, our Volunteering Officer, has loads of wonderful opportunities coming up for some brilliant charities, including the Leamington Homeless Shelter.

I would absolutely love more Classics students to get involved with RAG. It’s very lonely being surrounded by Life Science and Economics students! So please, come along to whatever takes your fancy.

Also, because I just love Classicists, you will all get special treatment at my circles.

RAG Love xxxx

by Katie Sewell


Why should Warwick Classics get involved in sport?

There’s always that old joke about classicists and sport…about how the two definitely don’t go together. But we’re here to tell you, that it’s not true! Take note from one of our members of Warwick Classics Netball team…

warwick-classics-footballThe most brilliant aspect of playing as part of a Warwick Classics sports team is that you can go as a complete novice and not feel pressured to be the best; unlike the competitive sports clubs on campus. If you would like to do a manageable amount of fitness but you are not interested in playing for a club then this is perfect for you.

It is a very relaxed way to do exercise but it is still not creating an overly regimented fitness routine. For example, every Saturday the Netball team will play and if you are busy and cannot make the game, it is not the end of the world. Everyone is very understanding and we all have busy lives at university, so if you are someone that can only make a couple of games a term that is still wholly appreciated by everyone.

Another aspect is getting to know your fellow classics society members. It is an informal way to meet people and naturally start up conversations, therefore a great way to build up friendships within the department. Never feel pressured or worried about how you perform, everyone is very excepting and happy to be able to play a friendly game.

by Sarah Brown

Rep your society! VOC SOC

Ever wondered what members of Warwick Classics get up to when they’re not dressing up in togas, downing pints at circle or acting in tragedies? Well, we’re going to tell you! In this set of features, we’re going to highlight all the many talents that Warwick Classics has to offer…

Belle Livingstone is a second year Classics Q800 student, and vice-president of Voc Soc – 

VocSoc is a fun, relaxed singing group that all about getting together to have a sing every week without any pressure! We have meeting every week where we work on lots of different songs, adding harmonies, learning different genres and trying out new arrangements all based around a theme which changes every week, ranging from 80s to musicals to mashups to Queen and are always keen to hear any suggestions! We organise Karaoke events, mvceals out and circling to give everyone a chance to get to know each other and become part of the VocSoc family. Most excitingly we have loads of performance opportunities; we organise our own open mic events every term and are able to offer you the chance to get involved with any musical opportunities other societies are organising – this term we have an exclusive opportunity to perform at Kasbah! The most important thing is that we’re a non-auditioning group and all abilities are welcome – it’s just all about having fun, boosting your confidence and singing together! Feel free to come along to any of our sessions and try it out – Tuesdays at 7pm n Lib 1, we hope to see you there!

Check them out on the SU’s webpage!

Study Spaces

Ladies and Gentlemen, roll up for an exciting announcement!

Starting Week 7, we will be introducing Classics Study Spaces! Similar to how we had revision rooms during Term 3 of last year, we will be having a few hours throughout the week where we have rooms booked. So if the prospect of another hour in the library, trying to find a space for your seminar group to meet or just sitting alone to look at those Latin declensions (that’s a thing, right?) is just too much – come along!

We have two sessions starting Week 7 until the end of term and they are…

MONDAYS in H0.02, 1-2

WEDNESDAYS in S0.52, 1-2

This will be continued into Term 2 as well but more on that at a later date. Until then, any questions on anything welfare related, then drop me an email at or come along to the first session!

Love Philphare x

by Phil Oerton 

Week 6: Reading Week

nothing.jpgFor first years, this is essentially a non-existent thing…if you’re lucky you’ll get a lecture off…but for second and third years, this is our week of semi-freedom in the mayhem.

Phil Oerton talks through some ways you can spend these precious days…

Reading Week is upon us at last and for us second and third years, that means a well-deserved break! Unfortunately for first years and those of you brave enough to carry on languages, this may not be the case so make sure to double check before you make any plans to go home.

This week is the perfect chance to take some time away from the world of classics and re-join the modern world for a while. Go and see your family and friends that Augustus has stopped you from seeing; read a book that isn’t about the importance of sympotic imagery on vase. Just take a few days away off – after all you can have too much of a good thing.

reading-week1.jpgBut don’t forget about your essays and seminars, or dissertations for those of you in third year. Whilst a week free of lectures bring the temptation of some serious Netflix binging, make sure you stay up-to-date on any reading and preparation you need to do. From Week 7, everything just seems a little more hectic with essays deadlines and seminars everywhere. So why not take this chance to get ahead?

Sadly, I cannot offer advice on how to have the perfect reading week, it is all down to you and what you feel you need to do. Just remember, if you ever need some advice or have any questions, then drop me an email at

by Phil Oerton 

A Fresher’s First Circle: Under the Sea

Freshers. A curious time in all young people’s university lives. Many different expectations c14670680_1189857817752150_2027496909971524895_nonverging upon one space.

Are you nervous? An apprehensive new adult, concerned about this brave step forward, moving away from the comfort of your home, the convenience of your parents? Or is your soul a butterfly, aching to be rid of the chrysalis of your four walls, and fervently desiring to emerge, and dry your wings of the soggy tether of mum and dad?

Most probably, you will find yourself somewhere in between the two. I certainly was in this middle camp. However, there is something I can say about every single fresher who arrived this year with almost sure certainty. No one wants to travel this journey alone; everyone wants to make friends. The most striking feature of Warwick is its amiable populace, in both faculty and student body.

14691035_1189858527752079_7972270926368117965_nOne superb way to make friends is a curious tradition by the name of circling. When one circles, one congregates in a rough ring and plays convivial games with the rest of one’s society. Warwick Classics Society has some seriously great games to play, with forfeits being alcoholic or not. The choice is always yours, and there is no pressure to drink if you don’t want to. Our motto is safe debauchery for a reason!
Circles are most often themed. Our most recent circle was Under The Sea, to which we had many great costumes, from Poseidon, to Captain Jack Sparrow, and of course, a shoal of beautiful mermaids. After circling, most will head down to Pop, our very own Student Union cheese night at the sticky-floored Copper Rooms to extend the night’s pleasures.

14729257_1189857277752204_4591337114939890755_nAll in all, it has been a wonderful few weeks, and I do believe there are many more to come!

by Rahul Bagchi

The Best Freshers Advice I Never Had

Seasoned third year, Vijay Hare, speaks all our minds as he gives the advice we wish we all had been given way back in freshers…and sets us up with some truths about the “ideal” first year. 

1. Make the most of Fresher’s Fortnight – meet as many people as you can.

2. Don’t miss out on end of term tickets – especially Week 10 Pop!

3. Keep on top of your reading – you’ll be thankful for it during exam season.

4. Don’t mix business with pleasure – flatmates are never a good idea!

5. Work a little, play a little, each day.

6. Develop a routine – so you don’t get bored.

7. Keep healthy – avoid Freshers’ Flu.

8. Call home at least once a week.

9. Keep in touch with old friends.

10. And definitely make plenty of new ones.

I could go on, couldn’t I? Every well-meaning relative you ask, every pamphlet you take, and every clickbait article you open on the subject of “The Only Uni Advice You’ll Need”, or the optimistically-titled Buzzfeed article “53 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Fresher Self”, will bombard you with sound-bites like the ones I’ve posted above.

You’ve probably heard most of them before anyway, or variants of them. Heck, most of them probably occurred to you anyway before you even unzipped your suitcase to pack. Whether you choose to heed or flaunt any of them is entirely in your hands. That’s your prerogative. I’m not here to tell you what to do. This article isn’t meant to tell you what to do. The whole point of Uni, in my opinion, is to help you grow into a person who can survive – and thrive – as someone who can make those choices for themself.

And have as much fun as you can on the way!

Which brings me to the other thing I want to say. When I think back to my Fresher Year – which I can comfortably say wasn’t really the happiest time in my life – what I remember most keenly of all was trying to live up to my own hilariously unrealistic expectations of what my first year should be like. Trying to balance being as good as could be academically with being the coolest kid on campus socially, neither endeavour meeting with much success. And the fallout of all this? It made me unhappy. A constant feeling that I was squandering my potential. Missing out on what was, apparently, the best year of my life.

People who bang on about Fresher Year as “The Absolute Best Year Of Your Life” grind my gears, in the same vein as people who bang on about New Year’s Eve as “The Absolute Best Night Of The Year”. And why? Because it sets the bar so impossibly high for your own experiences. If that is your impression of Fresher Year, than chances are you’ll just feel underwhelmed, or, like I did, unhappy. In the same way that the people who go out on New Year’s Eve absolutely determined to have the best night of their life rarely do. They just wake up hungover, unfulfilled, and in the case of a good friend of mine, in the grassy middle of a busy Coventry Roundabout.

Any year of your life can be the best year of your life if you want it to. As for the key to enjoying your Fresher Year and keep it from all getting it to you? It’s to just give yourself a break.

So my one real piece of advice to you is the one piece of advice I wished someone had given me on the eve of my Fresherdom. One piece of advice that, alas, I never really had.

And it is this.


Sit back.

Let it be.

And have fun while you’re doing it.

You won’t have all the answers now, and that’s fine. You’ll make mistakes, and everyone else around you will as well. You may drink a bit too much, or work a bit too little. You may eat take-away more often than you should. You may put on your Fresher’s Fifteen. You may shag your flatmate and have an awkward couple of breakfasts afterwards.

But what I can say with certainty is that when the dust settles and you finally pack your suitcases at the end of June…

Everything will be just fine.

I promise.

by Vijay Hare