Students celebrate Classics Day at Holy Cross. Image by JOANNE RATHE/GLOBE STAFF
A record number of 855 high school students from more than28 New England schools dressed as larger than life Roman figures and participated in the day-long event, which included a Certamen (Latin for “competition”), on Latin grammar, Roman and Greek mythology, Roman history, and Roman life. In addition, manuscript-related questions were included this year to complement the Manuscript Challenge. Small groups of students, including the Challenge winner from Boston College High School, were invited to translate and analyze a Latin manuscript in order to begin to dabble and get a better sense of the type of work college level Classics students participate in.
Among the myriad of activities Holy Cross’ classics department organizes, the most eagerly anticipated and rambunctious was the student-built chariot race. Walpole High School won first place for “Swiftest Chariot,” as well as other first place winners like, “Vici Populi” of St. Sebastian’s School in the Costume contest and Certamen upper division winners, “Gnaeidae” of Bishop Guertin High School.
The annual event continues to gain notoriety as the successful event gives regional high school students the opportunity to learn about Holy Cross’ Classics department and celebrate Roman culture.
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This “Holy Cross in the New” item by Evangelia Stefanakos ’14.
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