Great news from the “Our Mythical Childhood” project!

Congratulations to all involved in the wonderful volume Our Mythical Hope. The Ancient Myths as Medicine for the Hardships of Life in Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture, which arises from the Our Mythical Childhood project. This open-access (🎉) edited volume considers how “the authors of literary and audiovisual texts for youth make use of the ancient myths to support their young protagonists (and readers or viewers) in crucial moments of their existence, on their road into adulthood, and in those dark hours when it seems that life is about to shatter and fade away” (quoted from descriptor found here). If you are interested in how ancient mythology remains relevant for and useful to us today, this volume is for you, and you can download a copy of the volume here!

Young Classicist Awards 2022

It’s that time of year again! The Young Classicist Awards 2022 is now open for entries! The Young Classicist Awards is an innovative competition open to all second-level students who are interested in Classics. Students (either as individuals or as part of a group) are encouraged to present a project on any aspect of Classics, including Ancient Greek and Latin, and to be as innovative in their approach as possible! Past projects have included videos, PowerPoints, crafts (such as posters or paintings), performances (such as singing or recitation), Minecraft and diary entries! For some inspiration, you can check out the winning projects from 2021 here. Please note that the 2022 iteration of the competition will be held online and all entries must be submitted digitally.

The awards categories are as follows:

Robin Miller Award – Senior. This award is for senior competitors, from 4th to 6th year.

Dionysus Award – Junior. This award is for junior competitors, from 1st to 3rd year.

Athena Award. This is open to all students, both Senior and Junior, and it encourages students to connect their project to one of the UN sustainable development goals.

Palma Lingua Antiqua. This award is open to all students who have Ancient Greek and/or Latin as a substantial part of their project.

The deadline for entries is 8 April 2022, and all entries must be submitted digitally. Full details on entry requirements and dates, past winners and contact information can be found on the Young Classicist Awards webpage or in the documents below. Access Classics was delighted to be part of the Young Classicist Awards for the past two year, and we really look forward to seeing this year’s entries! Good luck to all!

For a copy of the brochure, poster, success criteria and application form, please visit the Young Classicist Awards webpage or click on the images below.



Success Criteria

Application form:

UCD Classical Society Inaugural Lecture

Copy of Inaugural invitation: design by UCD Classical Society

The UCD Classical Society is delighted to announce that their annual Inaugural lecture will take place in person in April, after a two-year hiatus! The Classical Society Inaugural lecture, a tradition that stretches back more than 100 years, is a highlight in the calendar of both the Society and the UCD School of Classics, and we are delighted each year to welcome past and present staff and students, among others, for an evening of Classics and chat! The details of this year’s lecture are as follows:

Professor Edith Hall (Durham University)

Classics and Social Class in Ireland, 1689-1922

7 April 2022, 7 pm

Location: The Fitzgerald Camber (1st floor of the new Student Centre, University College Dublin)

Reception to follow

All welcome!

Classical Association of Ireland Latin Summer School

Our colleagues in the Classical Association of Ireland (CAI) are pleased to announce that the Latin Summer School 2022 is now taking bookings! The summer school offers an immersive two-week course that is open to secondary-school students from age 12 upwards. The course will be taught by very experienced Latin teachers and is aimed at complete beginners. The summer school will be held in a hybrid format, whereby students can attend either virtually (through Zoom) or in person (held in Trinity College Dublin). Click on the document below for more details or email the organiser, Dr Cosetta Cadau, at

Resources update!

With lots of new resources coming on-stream soon, this is the perfect time to take stock of what is currently available for teachers, students and members of the public on our website and also to point out some upcoming highlights!

In podcast land, we are continuing with our popular “Greek gods in under five minutes” series! Over the coming weeks and months, our wonderful podcasters Eleanor and Maria will introduce us to Apollo, Artemis, Hermes and Dionysus! Last week, we also launched a second podcast series! These podcasts deal with things we often get wrong about the ancient world, again in under five minutes! We began with an introduction to the surprisingly colourful world of ancient buildings and temples. You will find this and all of our podcasts under the “podcast” tab. Happy listening!!

We are currently building up our stock of resources for the Junior Cycle, particularly for the core component of the specification, so keep an eye out for our upcoming resources on daily life, looking in particular at objects and artefacts associated with daily life. These will join our current resources on mythology (including a new resource on the connection between Greek mythology and the names for certain birds, etc. – click on the image above for a copy of this resource!) and Greek and Latin classroom posters! For the Senior Cycle, both outgoing and incoming, a video on Greek art will soon join our videos and PowerPoints on Alexander, Virgil, Greek funerary practices, Greek tragedy and Roman architecture!  

Our Transition Year resources are ever-expanding! In addition to the extensive core manual and accompanying PowerPoint, you will find resources for Ancient Greek (wordsearch), the Parthenon, the Casino at Marino and Heracles & Monsters! Soon, we will be adding a walking tour of Classics-associated sights in Ireland!

Podcast news!

We are delighted to announce the return of our mythology podcast: once again, sit back and allow our wonderful podcasters, Eleanor Kellett and Maria Wood, to introduce you to some of the main gods from the Greek Pantheon, each in under five minutes! This time around, we will meet Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes and Dionysus! Keep an eye on our Twitter (@ClassicsUCD) so you don’t miss any episodes!

Black-figure vase depicting a procession of some of the Greek gods (© The Trustees of the British Museum)

Also (*drum roll*), we will soon be launching a new series of short podcasts on the wonderfully broad topic of ‘Interesting Things in the Ancient World’! Have you ever wondered whether statues and temples were a riot of colour in the ancient world? Would you like to know more about ancient pirates, or the Amazons? If so, this is the series for you! More details to follow soon!

Twitter Takeover!

Access Classics is delighted to announce that the new cohort of students in the UCD Access Classics module have taken over the @AccessClassics Twitter feed! Over the coming months, our wonderful students will be using @AccessClassics to spread the word about all things Classical – we can’t wait to see what you come up with! You will find the feed on the right-hand side of our webpages, and please consider supporting our students by following @AccessClassics!

Careers with Classics

Have you ever wondered what careers you can go into after studying Classics, or what transferrable skills you can gain through a Classics degree? Well, wonder no more! Maynooth University is running “Careers with Classics”, an online event open to undergraduate and postgraduate students of all Irish universities, and to Transition Year and 5th- and 6th-year pupils in secondary school. The event will tackle questions such as: Where do Classics graduates work? What skills can I gain from Classics, and where can I use these skills?

The event will be hosted by Maynooth University on Microsoft Teams on Thursday, 16 September 2021, 14:00-16:00. More information can be found here. To register you interest, please contact Dr Cosetta Cadau at

Certificate of Completion for Transition Year Unit!

Attention all Transition Year teachers! We are delighted to announce that we can supply schools with a tailored certificate for their students who complete the Access Classics TY Unit, or complete aspects of it as part of a Unit. Simply get in touch (;, and we can tailor the certificate to your school! If you have not seen our TY Unit yet, you will find the Teaching Manual, accompanying PowerPoint and additional resources under the Transition Year Unit tab. We would be delighted to answer any and all questions and would love to hear from any teachers planning to use the Unit!

Creative Arts Summer School, 14-24 June 2021

Access Classics is excited to be part of the virtual Creative Arts Summer School 2021! This free Summer School, which is funded by the Department of Education and Skills Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH) fund, aims to introduce participants from underrepresented groups to different pathways to higher education. It is a collaborative project run by the National College of Art and Design, MTU Crawford College of Art, Marino Institute of Education, RCSI University of Medicine & Health Sciences, University College Dublin, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, and Trinity College Dublin. During the Summer School, participants will be given the opportunity to participate in a virtual programme of, for example, creative arts workshops, campus tours and informative talks on course options and various student supports. Access Classics will give their workshop “Classics: The ancient world today” on 24 June. You can find more information on this exciting initiative here and here.