Published April 12, 2015

Classics Day

Ancient Greek Olympics, warfare demonstrations part of April 18 event
Monmouth College’s first annual Classics Day will be held on April 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. at April Zorn Memorial Stadium. The rain site is the Huff Athletic Center.
 
Free and open to the public, the event will include more than two dozen individual events – including ancient Greek Olympics and Greek and Roman military demonstrations – that highlight and illuminate institutions and practices from the worlds of ancient Greece and Rome.
 
Classics Day is being organized by assistant professor Robert Simmons, who received the college-level Award for Outstanding Promotional Activity in Classics for Monmouth’s Classics Day at the 111th meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) earlier this spring in Boulder, Colo.
 
Following the 1 p.m. opening ceremony, the demonstration of the ancient Olympics will be held at 1:15 p.m. At 2:15 p.m., a Roman fashion show will be held, followed by demonstrations of Greek and Macedonian warfare (2:30 p.m.), Roman warfare (3:15 p.m.) and gladiatorial combat (3:45 p.m.).
  
Attendees will be able to converse with representatives of each event  at designated booths throughout the afternoon. Additional events will include “chariot” racing; ancient magic, witchcraft and fortune-telling; a Greek and Roman history scavenger hunt; an archaeological mini-dig; writing your name in Greek and your birthday in Roman style; Greek and Roman games; mask-making as done in the Greek and Roman theatre; dressing up in Roman clothing; and enjoying simple Roman snacks.
 
More information about Classics Day is available from Simmons at rsimmons@monmouthcollege.edu or 336-457-2378.
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