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When a Classicist or Historian hears the word: ‘Sicily’,

that Classicist then has a thousand different thoughts rushing through his head.

 For Classicists, Sicily is the home of the Cyclopes, the Laestrygonians, Scylla and Charybdis, the temples of Segesta and Agrigento to name but a few.

This is why over October half term twenty-six very fortunate Oundelians of all ages went to Sicily with one common interest: learning about the Classical world.

There was so much that we saw on the trip and it is impossible to do it justice in just one article.

Therefore I hope to shed a little light on some of the things that I found interesting.

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When a Classicist or Historian hears the word: ‘Sicily’,

that Classicist then has a thousand different thoughts rushing through his head.

 For Classicists, Sicily is the home of the Cyclopes, the Laestrygonians,

Scylla and Charybdis, the temples of Segesta and Agrigento to name but a few.

This is why over October half term twenty-six very fortunate Oundelians

of all ages went to Sicily with one common interest: learning about the Classical world.

There was so much that we saw on the trip and it is impossible to do it justice in just one article.

Therefore I hope to shed a little light on some of the things that I found interesting.

The trip essentially showed us why classics is such an amazing subject and academic field whether

it be Riace Warriors which show us perfection, the temples of Selinunte or the site of Morgantina which gives one a holistic view of an ancient settlement.

Having touched down in Catania, we were immediately thrown into the action.

We headed off to the Riace Warriors in Reggio di Calabria, two super-human sized warriors rescued from the sea in the 1972.

The two statues have been described by Nigel Spivey as ‘the best Greek bronzes in the world.’

The Riace bronzes are kouroi which are ancient Greek statues of young men and normally naked.

 These kouroi first came to existence in the 7th and 6th centuries BC in the Archaic period.

The Riace bronzes were made in the 5th century BC and most likely between 460 and 430BC.

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