Enter 490 BC — Persia invades Greece. Pushing toward the city-state of Athens, the Persians reach Marathon a few miles away. The Athenians stand 10,000 strong to face the invaders, but will it be enough?
The children enter this uncertain time as residents of Athens. They take on typical roles found in the Athenian Agora (marketplace) at the time. They serve as wax tablet makers, pottery painters, fresco painters and jewellers.
As the children work, news and rumours swirl through the Agora about the battle. Can the Persians be defeated? Is Athens safe?
The school workshop climaxes with a Greek theatre in the afternoon.
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How You Contribute to the Day
To make the most of your children’s day, please help us with the following:
- Adult helpers: The number of children participating determines how many work stations our Teacher brings. Please recruit a corresponding number of adults (teachers, TAs, parents) to oversee the activities and the afternoon session. (Your booking form lists the exact number needed.)
- The school hall: Please reserve the school hall for the full day (it is not a problem if it is used for lunch).
- Food: Please provide a small amount of food for the afternoon theatre. (It is a very small amount that helps set the scene — you can find details in the booklet when it arrives.)
- Costumes: Please encourage the children to dress up in simple costumes. It helps them feel the part.
What to Wear
Costumes need not be complicated — we suggest the following “homemade” alternatives:
- Boys or Girls: A plain white T-shirt with a belt or cord tie; sandals. Add a rectangle of coloured cloth fastened with a brooch or button on the left shoulder to enhance the look.
For those who prefer, we offer a bespoke costume service through History Off the Peg. We sell inexpensive costumes for both children and adults.
View costume options and pricing on our website, www.historyoffthepeg.co.uk. Place an order by sending an e-mail containing your name, your school, the date of the event, the topic, your child’s age and your child’s size to firstname.lastname@example.org.