Pyrrha's Roman

title page

meet Pyrrha

mosaic making

Roman gardening

Bignor villa

Roman tombstones

Roman inscriptions

Latin poetry

Latin language

Spoken Latin

Harry Potter Latin Quiz

Classical Computers Quiz

Classical Face Quiz

links & contact

[the real Medusa!]
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meet Pyrrha

[the newspaper's picture of us with the mosaic!]

My husband and I spent the summer of 1996 making a replica of the Medusa mosaic from Bignor Villa to complement the Roman atmosphere in our garden.

This website gives tips on Roman gardening and mosaic-making and visits a Roman villa in Sussex which has some beautiful mosaic floors.

[unique photo of my students with our cavalryman's tombstone!]

I encouraged students from my previous school to make a replica Roman tombstone during the production of my video 'Roman Writing Unravelled'.

If you would like some hints on how to interpret Latin inscriptions without relying on museum translations, why not explore further ? . . .

. . . but who is Pyrrha?

I am a Classics teacher in England, and I have to admit that my name is not Pyrrha!
You can click links to our field trips in the U.K. and some stunning photos of our Easter 2006 cruise and the trip to Greece in 2002.

The Roman poet Horace wrote an Ode about Pyrrha - who may have been his ex-girlfriend. On this Website I look at this poem and some others in a way I hope you will enjoy whether you know any Latin or not.

In Classical mythology Pyrrha was the only woman left alive after the god Jupiter decided to destroy mankind in a Flood. She and her husband Deucalion repopulated the world by throwing stones over their shoulders! The stones Pyrrha threw became women; those Deucalion threw became men.


Powerpoint on SCANSION - this is an attempt to explain the metre and rhythms of Latin poetry in a way that non-specialists can understand. You will also need to download this sound file and save it in a folder with the powerpoint so that it will play when you reach the relevant slide.

for Class. Civ. Epic students.

students of Roman Britain should look at the sections on tombstones and inscriptions, as well as the links below on sites in Roman Britain

forts at The Lunt and Caerleon

an Iron Age hillfort and Cirencester museum

for my Latin and Greek GCSE students.

Easter cruise 2006

trip to Greece 2002.

Latin passages read by Classics students.

Here are some information sheets on sites in Rome, organised as a 6-day tour : Timeline01 Timeline02









Original video for original tombstone decoder can be seen here

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