Clash of the Spartans/Homerathon

Brief notice of some interesting stuff going on at UNC Greensboro:

When in Foust Park, do as the Romans do.

And the Greeks, as well.

Classics Day: Clash of the Spartans will be Saturday, April 14, 2012, in Foust Park from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The day begins with a PanAthenaic Procession. Events include a demonstration of Greek and Roman military techniques; Olympic games; scenes from a Greek tragedy and a Roman comedy; and an Oracle.

There’ll be a sand art activity at the “archaeology dig” center that is particularly kid-friendly.

A Homer-a-Thon will feature readings from Homer’s “Iliad” in Latin and ancient Greek, as well as English.

The event is organized by the Classical Society, a student-run UNCG organization. Several faculty members in Classical Studies are involved as well.

Additional events on campus that day include Reunion, Destination UNCG, the Miles Davis Jazz Festival and the International Festival (which will be featured in next week’s CW).

Details, including a schedule and photos of last year’s Classics Day, may be found at http://www.wix.com/uncgclassics/classicsday#!

This Day in Ancient History: pridie nonas apriles

pridie nonas apriles

  • 357 B.C. — Aristotle observes the transit of the moon past Mars (source?)
  • ludi Megalesia (day 1 … associated with the next item, obviously)
  • 204 B.C. — the image and cult of the Mater Magna (a.k.a. Cybele) is brought to Rome during the conflict with Hannibal on the advice of the Sybilline books
  • 37 A.D. — the ashes of Tiberius are placed in the Mausoleum of Augustus
  • 186 (or 188) A.D. — birth of the future emperor Septimius Bassianus (later known as M. Aurelius Antoninus Caesar; better known as Caracalla)