Form I Classics Day Sign-Up Form
Form I Classics Day Sign-Up Form
Below you will find a list of the different workshops being run during Classics Day. The workshops have been divided into 3 groups and you will participate in at least one workshop from each group. To help us assign you to the workshops, please read the descriptions below and then click on the following link to rate your level of interest in each of the workshops in each group.
We will do our best to get you into your top choices, but cannot guarantee that you will be able to participate in all your number 1 choices.
"All Roads Lead to Rome": Mr Bartsch
Sure, we've got to feed the million people who live in the city of Rome. But the more important question: how do we get the lions and tigers here for the Coliseum?" The leaders of Rome answered this by developing roads and trade routes that connected all the western world. By examining the oldest existing map of the Roman roads, we will discuss how cultures are developed and sustained (and why it was important for the Legionnaires to be able to travel fast).
“The Battle of Teutoburg Forest”: Mr. Jasinsky
This workshop will explore the significance of a battle that was fought in 9 AD, i.e. almost exactly 2000 years ago, between the Roman Empire and a coalition of Germanic tribes. In this battle (referred to by Roman historians as “clades variana,” or “the Varian Disaster”), Armenius, a Cheruscan chieftain, united the German tribes and defeated an entire Roman army led by Publius Quinctilius Varus, thus thwarting the eastward expansion of the Roman Empire.
“The Romans had a lot of Gaul”: Mrs. Roxbury
In order to recreate the popular French comic book Asterix, students will briefly explore the Roman occupation of Gaul then make their own comic book about this important historical conflict.
“Moving through characters in Masks.”Ms. Wheeler and Mrs. Romankow
In ancient Rome,the actor'sface was covered entirely by the mask. Explore the mystery behind wearing the mask when portraying various characters. Audition, act, and experience the thrill and horror as an audience member through the use of the mask.
“Headless Romans”: Mr. Rahter
Students will watch the PBS documentary Headless Romans which explores the military culture of Romanized Britain and the archaeological process currently employed in Britain.
“Darth Vader Explains the Pythagorean Theorem”: Mr. Boyer
Join us to learn the inner secrets of the Pythagorean theorem as explained by Darth Vader (ever wonder why it's true?) and play an exciting board game based on the theorem.
“Create an Epic Hero”: Mr. Cox
The most important element in an epic poem is the hero. To the ancient people epic heroes were like modern day super heroes. They often had semi-divine powers, exciting adventures and powerful enemies. Drawing inspiration from the ancient literature and modern culture (we will watch parts of 300) students will design their own epic hero and a quest for that hero.
“Battlefield: Spain”: Ms. Mila
Play a game to learn about the various civilizations that have fought for and inhabited Spain; from the original settlers to the fall of Rome
“Name that Roman Emperor”: Ms. Kelleher
Who actually appointed their horse a senator? Who was the greatest political thinker? Who fought in gladiator battles? Are any of these stories true? All these questions and more will be answered on February 26. Students will learn a brief overview of Imperial Roman history and then play a game to see who knows the most (or who is a good guesser).
“Bradley Cooper vs. Plautus”: Mr. Murray
So you think Bradley Cooper was funny in “The Hangover”, wait until you experience Plautus. Students will reenact some scenes from one of the most famous Roman playwrights and original comedians. We will compare ancient comedy with modern day comedy.