Dr. Rudolph Masciantonio Fund For Classical Studies footlights Villanova University actors’ performance of “Apollonius, King of Tyre”

On Saturday, October 8, five talented actors from the Villanova University Theatre Program presented a script-in-hand reading of the new play titled “Apollonius, King of Tyre.”

Grant monies from The Dr. Rudolph Masciantonio Fund, administered through Philadelphia Foundation and distributed annually to The Classical Association of the Atlantic States (CAAS), supported the endeavor.

The performance took place at The Hotel Du Pont, the venue for the CAAS Annual Meeting, held October 6-8.

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Nunc Bibendum Est, Latin teachers toast to Rudy Masciantonio’s legacy at ‘Nova’s The Refectory

Villanova’s The Refectory was the November 20th site for the annual Fall Professional Day and Luncheon dedicated to Dr. Rudolph Masciantonio, benefactor of The Philadelphia Classical Society.

Guests from 25 area schools gave a toast “in honorem et in memoriam” Dr. Masciantonio, Philadelphia Classicist and Philanthropist, whose Trust has bequeathed annual distributions to PCS and other non-profits, through The Philadelphia Foundation.

The Refectory located at the intersection of Lancaster and Ithan  avenues is relatively new to the Main Line restaurant scene.

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Brown: IO Saturnalia! Latin students herald the ancient Roman festival of peace and harmony

During the dark days of December, in many schools throughout the Main Line, students will be heard exclaiming the celebratory “IO SATURNALIA!,” a clarion call throughout the centuries of the Roman festival of the Saturnalia.

The commemoration originated in ancient Rome in honor of an early king-god named Saturnus who was renowned for the goodwill and prosperity of his reign.

According to tradition, the ancient Romans honored Saturnus as the god of seed and sowing, after the autumn planting was completed.

Click here to read the full article by Mary Brown, CAAS Executive Director