Teaching Ancient Warfare in Schools, Colleges and Universities

Supported by the Bristol Classics Hub and University of Bristol Public Engagement.

Thursday 5th December 2019, 17:00-19:00
Verdon Smith Room, Royal Fort House, University of Bristol, BS8 1HU

This 2-hour workshop aims to bring together teachers in schools, colleges and higher education institutions to discuss practices, problems and approaches to teaching war in the ancient world.

Scholarship concerning ancient warfare is changing, but GCSE, A-Level and HE degree programmes still largely adopt strategic and macropolitical approaches to historical evidence. As (post)modern attitudes to war change, so too should the teaching of and learning about ancient warfare incorporate a more critical approach which recognises the human cost of imperial and economic gains.

  • How is ancient warfare currently taught in schools, colleges and universities
  • What attitudes currently exist amongst students? Should they be changed
  • What approaches can we use in future, and how?

The workshop will feature short presentations from four to five speakers and roundtable discussion with all participants. I am looking for speakers to contribute informal presentations of 5-10 minutes reflecting on the experience and methods of teaching ancient warfare. Presentations from school and college teachers are particularly encouraged. I also ask that all participants bring with them a short extract from a text, or ancient artefact, related to the experience of warfare in the ancient world.

The event will be free to attend, but spaces are limited. If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr Hannah-Marie Chidwick at hc6198@bristol.ac.uk.

Thanks to the support of Public Engagement, there is a small amount of funding available to cover travel expenses for state school teachers and PGRs.