Chariot Race around Brock University circle Saturday

Brock University photo – Alex Crawley, left, and Mathias Marcos show off the chariot their Humberside Collegiate Institute team built for a race being held Saturday around the Brock traffic circle.

Brock University press release – Nearly 300 high school students are at Brock University this week for the annual Ontario Student Classics Conference, which wraps up Saturday with a chariot race around the Brock traffic circle.

“We’re honoured to be hosting the conference again at Brock,” says Department of Classics Chair Professor Angus Smith. “It’s a great chance for the high school students to celebrate their interests in Classics and the ancient world.”

The conference helps students get a deeper understanding of the classical world by bringing together students and teachers from across the province in social events and competitions.

The OSCC is also an important recruiting opportunity for the Department of Classics.

“It’s a great chance for us to show these students what a great place Brock would be to come pursue these interests,” Smith says.

The conference aims to support mens sana in corpore sano — a healthy mind in a healthy body — through friendly competitions.

Students compete across three categories: academic, athletic and creative. The academic competition includes contests in written Greek and Latin, vocabulary and derivatives, sight translations, mythology, Greek and Roman history and geography.

Athletic competitions reflect the sports practised by the ancient Greeks and Romans including discus (frisbee), slinging, mini marathons, foot races and swimming.

The highlight of the annual conference is a chariot race around Brock’s traffic circle scheduled for Saturday at 2:30 p.m., when each school races a chariot they’ve made designed and built.

Creative competitions encompass visual arts, drama and fashion, with students displaying artwork, audiovisual projects and computer work and performing skits for their peers. Participating schools also create visual displays in Thistle hallways.

Students also apply what they’ve learned about archaeology, working in teams to complete a simulated archaeological dig behind DeCew residence.

The conference wraps up Saturday night with a traditional pompa (parade) and award ceremony.



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