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UNCG Classics Day features new location – and chariot races

Ready to do as the Romans do?

This fall’s UNCG’s Classics Day will have a new location at UNCG: the lawn in front of UNCG’s Stone Building (rain location: Elliott University Center). In addition to the normal big turnout, about 400 additional individuals are expected to be on hand, as UNCG partners with the North Carolina Junior Classical League, which will hold its Fall Forum on campus on the same day. The forum, held each fall at UNCG, attracts Latin students and teachers from around the state.

UNCG Classics Day will be Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is no charge. The public is invited.

More than a dozen events and activities will be offered during the very colorful and educational Classics Day. A few highlights:

  • Greek and Roman military drills
  • Scenes from “Medea” by Euripides and “The Rope” by Plautus
  • Gladiatorial combat
  • Olympic Game events
  • Archaeology activities
  • Roman clothing, make up, games and mosaics
  • Learn to write your name in Ancient Greek and write your own Latin tombstone
  • Chariot Races at the end

“For the Junior Classical League (JCL), it will be an opportunity to see the things that they have studied brought to life — gladiators, soldiers, ancient theatre, Olympics, etc. – plus exposure to some things that they may not have seen before that might strike their fancy for future study,” says Dr. Robert Simmons (UNCG Classical Studies).

Asked about a new event on the line-up this year, Simmons replied, “There will indeed be chariot races. The schools bring their own chariots to another JCL event in the spring, so many of them have chariots, and we thought this would be a great addition to the program. The schools will compete against one another as the last item on the program.”

Classics Day is organized by the UNCG Classical Society, a student-run organization. Faculty members in Classical Studies are also very involved.

More information may be found at http://uncgclassicsday.weebly.com/index.html and the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/379064868839531/.

By Mike Harris