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.

Click here to read complete article, by Mary Brown, CAAS Executive Director, on the MainLineMediaNews website

2022-23 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and History Department at Lafayette College

The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures and the History Department at Lafayette College invite applications for a one-year full-time visiting assistant professorship in Classics and Ancient History (3/3 teaching load) beginning Fall 2022. The area of the candidate’s specialization is open. However, preference will be given to candidates with strengths in teaching core Classics and ancient history content at the undergraduate level, including Latin language especially at the elementary level; survey courses of Greek and Roman history; Classical Civilization courses on topics such as Roman culture and society or Classical Mythology. Each semester the successful candidate will be expected to teach two courses in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures/Classical Civilization and one course in the History Department. We strongly encourage applications from candidates with prior teaching experience demonstrating a commitment to inclusion and diversity, curricular development, pedagogical innovation, and use of technology. The Ph.D. is required by the start of the appointment.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three confidential letters of recommendation through http://apply.interfolio.com/104381. The cover letter should address how the applicant’s teaching and scholarship will support Lafayette College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion articulated in the College’s diversity statement (https://provost.lafayette.edu/policies-and-procedures/diversity-and-inclusiveness-statement/).

Applications are only accepted online. Complete applications received by June 15, 2022 will be given preferred consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries can be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dean of the Curriculum and Associate Professor of Classics Markus Dubischar (dubischm@lafayette.edu).

Main Line Latin and Greek students win laurels in 82nd annual PCS contests

On Saturday, May 22, there was a palpable sense of triumph at the 82nd Annual Latin Week Awards Luncheon held at The Drexelbrook in Drexel Hill. The exhibiting of entries in seventeen categories has usually taken place in February at The Baldwin School. This year, with the invaluable technology orchestration by Traci Dougherty of Sandy Run Middle School, all entries were uploaded to flipgrid, and data-based into google notes.

The annual contests are open to all students of Latin and/or Greek.

The 17 categories included: 3-D Printing, Comic Storyboard, Computer Art, Costume, Military Costume, Jewelry, Models, Mosaic, Needlework, Painting, Sculpture & Pottery, Sketches & Drawings, Prose in Latin and English, Poetry in Latin and English, plus a trial category, Minecraft.

In addition to Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude awards, students’ entries could be selected as Best In Category. From those entries, PCS Officers and Judges selected the Best In Show.

Click here to read entire article (including laurel winners) by CAAS Executive Director Mary Brown

PCS announces its 82nd year of arts and literary contests for Latin and Greek students

During the dreary winter weeks of school life, the Philadelphia metropolitan area and Main Line students can conjure artwork and literary compositions commemorating the ancient Mediterranean world, in conjunction with their Latin and Greek studies.

For the February 2021 contests sponsored by The Philadelphia Classical Society and hosted by the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, K-12 students may register through their teachers or independently.

The categories for the 82nd Annual Latin Week contests include pencil and ink drawing, watercolor, acrylic and oil painting, computer drawing, sculpture, pottery, domestic and military life-size costumes, jewelry, models, storyboards, 3-D generated models, original Latin poetry and prose, English poetry and prose, and the special categories, notepad and t-shirt designs.

Directions and guidelines for all student entries are available on the Philadelphia Classical Society website (philadelphiaclassicalsociety.org).

Click here to read the full article

Lower Merion grad’s book showcased in Washington D.C. exhibit

Editor Donald Sprague of Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers showcases the “Greek Gods and Goddesses Coloring Book” illustrated by Vanessa Roser, Lower Merion High School Alumna and current Harvard University student, at the Exhibitors and Vendors section of the Annual Meetings of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Society of Classical Studies, held in Washington D.C., January 2 -5. The production and printing of Roser’s coloring book were supported by the Philadelphia Classical Society and the Lower Merion School District Innovation Center.

Click here to read article on the Mainline Media News website

PCS Fall Professional Day – November 23, 2019

Since its founding in 1924, the officers of The Philadelphia Classical Society have been offering opportunities for developing pedagogy, strategies, and creative ways of promoting the study of Classical Languages and the Classics.

On Saturday, November 23, at The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, starting at 9:00am, the efforts and contributions of various Classicists were showcased in the Anne Frank Library.

For Fall Professional Day or PCS information, please contact Mary Brown ( mbrown@sju.edu )

Click here to read report on the PCS Fall Professional Day

Employment Opportunity: Pennsauken High School

Pennsauken High School is hiring for a full time Latin teacher beginning September 4, 2018. Courses are Latin I, Latin II Honors, Latin III Honors, and AP Latin IV. The textbook used is Latin for the New Millennium. This is a thriving Latin program in an urban/suburban Pre-K to 12th grade school district of approximately 5,000 students located in Camden County, New Jersey (near Philadelphia, PA). The school has very active Junior Classical League and Latin Honor Society chapters.
JOB ID 918 – Latin Teacher
Candidates are encouraged to apply online by visiting www.pennsauken.net. For information, contact:
Norma Rosario-Muñoz
Director of Human Resources
856-662-8505, extension 6508
E-mail: norma.rosario@pennsauken.net

The Philadelphia Classical Society 78th Annual Latin Week Contests: The Thin White Duke and the Cross-Dimensional Value of Latin

​In the weeks leading up to the one-year anniversary of the January 10th death of David Bowie, Robert Drake and others of WXPN radio characterized Bowie’s artistry and music as “cross-dimensional.”

The events, highlights, and interviews of Philadelphia Loves Bowie Week, January 6th-14th, illustrated the various ways in which Bowie crossed dimensions through his dynamism, creativity, and innovation.

As a longtime fan-from-afar of Bowie, I am prompted to apply the concept of cross-dimensionality to my passion for Classical Latin, its richness, and its access to the phenomenal accomplishments of the ancient Romans.

This epiphany comes as the 78th annual arts and literary contests sponsored by the Philadelphia Classical Society get underway this month.

It should come as no surprise to readers that nearly every secondary school in the Main Line has a thriving Latin program, with many students engaging in the PCS Latin Week contests.

Traditionally, the study of Latin has been ancillary to building an excellent foundation in English language vocabulary acquisition, grammar understanding, and creative composition.

In addition, the Philadelphia Classical Society arts and literary contests, combined with a rigorous competitive exam, offer cross-dimensionality comparable to Bowie’s lifetime output.

Currently, Latin students from Friends Central to Radnor High School are developing original projects in sketches, paintings, mosaics, costumes, jewelry, military costumes, architectural models, artifacts, and storyboards – all illustrating ancient Latin, and Greek, themes and connections to ancient Mediterranean cultures.

These contests also include many other schools in contiguous counties, Philadelphia, and New Jersey.

Additionally, students are encouraged to compose original prose and poetry in English and Latin, even following ancient meters and illustrating figures of speech.

For students who are eager to demonstrate facility in philology, the competitive exam for advanced students presents various questions based on two sight-unseen original Latin passages in prose and poetry from ancient Classical authors.

In other words, there is something for everyone, a testament to the polyvalency of the Classics.

Take a step back seventy-eight years ago and imagine the remarkable foresight of the PCS officers who planned the first week of contests.

Surely, cross-dimensional was not a commonly-held term, yet those teachers were making provisions for student projects based on what we now term a diversity of learners.

This collaboration between philology and material culture produces a fabulous, on-the-edge, array of student work which would elicit awe in the Thin White Duke, David Bowie, the man and the artist.

For information about the Philadelphia Classical Society 2017 Latin Week contests, go to philadelphiaclassicalsociety, or email Mary Brown, PCS President, mary.brown@sju.edu. Students may also register independently of their schools for a fee of $5.  The Baldwin School will host the judging day on Saturday, February 25.