Classics Day 2012
Classics Day is a multi-event festival at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro that celebrates some of the highlights of classical Greece and Rome. It is planned, organized, and carried out by the members and advisor of the student-run Classical Society, which is sponsored by the UNCG Department of Classical Studies, and with assistance from faculty in the department. Grants from the UNCG Student Government Association, the North Carolina Junior Classical League, and the Classical Association of the Middle West and South’s Committee for the Promotion of Latin have supported the event, as have funds generated through member dues and fundraisers.
For the third annual Classics Day, we moved the event to November 2012, to coordinate it with the presence of 400+ members of the North Carolina Junior Classical League for their Fall Forum, which has long been held on UNCG’s campus. To make the best impression possible on all of the 400 K-12 students and teachers, plus adult chapterones, we decided to make the event much bigger and better. We added gladiatorial combat, a puppet show, mythological stories with lyre accompaniment, fortune-telling through Roman-style liver readings, and booths for Roman dress/hair/makeup, inscribing tombstones in Roman fashion, and writing people’s names in Greek. We recruited more Theatre majors to put on our comedy, Plautus’ Rudens, and we had dragons pull Medea onto the last scene of Medea in the chariot that Fall Forum Coordinator, and Reagan High School teacher, Danetta Genung went to great lengths to bring to UNCG for the day. Sherri Madden from Master’s Academy in Charlotte also offered (and staffed, with her students) her award-winning Roman board games and mosaic-making stations. Our total attendance was roughly 600 people.
The photos below are from the third annual Classics Day event.
Ancient Naming (write your name in Greek and Eqyptian hieroglyphics)
Roman Comedy: Rudens, or The Rope, by Plautus
Greek Tragedy: Medea, by Euripides