The photo on the right was taken in Athens, May 2019. On this day I ticked off one of the items on my long and wishful bucket list - to visit and stand upon the Acropolis, where famous figures such as Socrates would have once stood more than 2000 years ago. I don’t remember the exact moment when I was introduced to the ancient world, since it was so long ago in my life, but I am pretty sure that Ancient Greek and Roman mythology played a large role in kindling my passion for all things classical - stories such as Echo and Narcissus and Romulus and Remus have fascinated people ever since they first originated, and I imagine that they will continue to do so in the future. I was fortunate enough to be able to learn Latin starting from year 7 (age 11), with Classical Greek being an option from year 10 (age 14) onwards. I chose to study both, mainly because of my interest in ancient history and mythology, but I was a little sceptical as to what use studying dead languages would have for me. However, 7 years later, having studied both Latin and Classical Greek at A Level, I have come to realise how valuable they are. Working with languages such as Latin and Greek not only helps my other foreign language studies, such as French, but it also gives me a deeper understanding of English grammar and vocabulary. Translating a piece of Latin is like solving a puzzle - it tests all parts of your brain and can be incredibly frustrating, but once you have the finished result, it is oh so satisfying. Of course, language is only one aspect of ancient studies, and this is why I find the ancient world so interesting! Within ancient studies, there is so much to explore, whether it’s philosophy or art, history or theatre. As an undergraduate with an offer to study at Cambridge, I am so excited to continue my journey of learning, and I am especially looking forward to discovering more about the near east, since I have just recently discovered the fascinating history of Ancient Persia (Iran), and I feel that this side of ancient culture is a little under-represented in today’s society. Having achieved my dream of visiting Athens, my next goal is to go to Rome, and then Egypt...my list of destinations is endless to be honest! Overall, I am so honoured to be working with SASA to promote ancient studies, since it is something that I resonate with so strongly. I think that there is something for everyone to enjoy within the ancient world, and it is so important that we promote this study so that we never lose such a rich and vibrant part of our universal history and culture.