A group of academics from the University of Exeter in England and ”The Politics Project,” an educational charity, has created a series of games and workshops based on Ancient Greece and its political figures.
The innovative project aims to help British students understand the basics of modern-day politics by acquiring valuable knowledge through a series of enjoyable games and workshops which employ the work of Thucydides.
The academics hope that this could help the younger generation understand the complexity of politics in such a turbulent time for Britain.
Professor Neville Morley from the University of Exeter developed a series of games after studying the work of the father of historiography, Thucydides.
The workshops, including the innovative games, are divided into four sessions.
During the first session, students will have to play an ancient Greek version of the popular ”rock, paper, scissors” game, where they will have to figure out how their Greek city-states will survive in an environment of anarchy which defines the fate of their cities. This is seen as akin to today’s anarchic status quo in global affairs.
The second session involves the famous ”Melian Dialogue” of Thucydides. The pupils will learn what it feels like being in a weak position in global politics, which was perfectly depicted by the “Melian Dialogue,” where Athenians demanded that the people from the island of Melos surrender.
The third session of the workshop incorporates elements of societal groupings and how these shape politics and politicians.
During the final session, which takes advantage of all the knowledge students gained playing and learning through ancient Greek experiences, pupils are asked to ”interrogate” local and national British politicians to understand their ways of conduct and their motivations.
This innovative project has already begun trials in the town of Crediton in Devon, with students from Queen Elizabeth’s Community College, and it aims to become a nation-wide teaching method.