Year 10 Latin trip to Bath
On Monday the 3rd of April, Year 10 Latin students were lucky enough to visit the Roman Baths (in Bath). We started off the day with a audio-guided tour of the museum and the baths themselves, particularly interesting as many parts made reference to the Cambridge Latin course book we studied earlier this year. Highlights were certainly seeing a curse tablet relating to the disappearance of Vilbia, and a statue referencing Memor (a haruspex, or soothsayer). We were also reminded of Cephalus, a fictional freedman forced to drink poison outside the Sacred Fountain by King Cogidubnus.
After our lunch break, in which we tasted the famous fudge, we were led by our three wonderful teachers, Ms Barker, Ms Cowen, and Mrs Garth, in an architectural tour that spanned the city centre. The sights we saw included Pulteney Bridge, the Circus, the Royal Crescent and the Assembly Rooms. All of these architectural gems included various classical features such as Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columns, pediments, metopes and triglyphs. We also saw a ha-ha in Royal Victoria Park, originally built to stop stray cows grazing on the lawns (we think our school should also obtain one). A quick visit was paid to the Georgian Gardens, tucked away into a corner of the park. It was a quaint little natural haven amongst the numerous structures hewn of the native yellow Bath stone. To top it all off, the weather was so beautiful that it was evident that the goddess Sulis Minerva was accompanying us throughout our pilgrimage. diem vero cepimus!
Zoe Zhang, Lucy Lu and Jemima Bird, Year 10