Each spring, Classics Day brings together the Latin and Greek students in grades 7 through 12 for an all-day celebration of Greek and Roman culture and history.
Classics Day features a Roman Triumph, a declamation contest by tenth graders, and our annual Aloysius B. McCabe '45 Lecture.
A recent speaker was Daira Nocera, a Ph.D candidate in Classics at Penn who conducts archaeological fieldwork in Rome. She lived and worked in Rome for six years where she participated in the excavations in the Forum of Augustus, Forum of Caesar, the Palatine and the Villa of Maxentius.
In 2017, we welcomed two speakers on archaeology—one on excavations of Iron Age Turkey and another on the use of satellites, drones, and 3-D technology in archaeology.
Students prepare food for our midday feast from countries that touch the Mediterranean Sea. Check below for some wonderful classics recipes.
We move from lunch in the Social Room to the Meetinghouse for the Latin History declamation contest. Each year, the Latin History students (tenth graders) divide into two groups reenact a debate in the Senate. The twelfth graders judge the debate. Will they be swayed by the tenth graders' arguments or by the Roman-style bribes of candy and flowers?
While the seniors deliberate, we move back to the Social Room for games and performances by students in Latin and Greek classes of all levels. Finally, we hear the seniors' decision, honor the seniors who are soon to leave us, and the day is done.
With comic entertainment, thoughtful debate and delectable food, Classics Day is a yearly reminder of the vibrancy of life in the ancient world.
Parents are welcome to attend any or all of these events, and we are greatly indebted to those who help us serve the lunch. Parents who are interested in helping with the Feast, please contact Julie Marren.