If Ceasar had survived into the month named for him, he would have enjoyed this corona-delayed news. On one of the last, hectic, mad days of school before the shutdown in March, over forty of our Classics students attended the Second Annual Young Classicist Symposium in UCD. Yes, in retrospect, crowding a couple hundred eager, restless adolescents into a lecture hall may not have been the best covid strategy but they were more innocent times and all our legionnaires came through in good, marching order. It was a day full of fun and learning as we enjoyed viewing hundreds of projects on various Classics-related subjects, from Charlie Plant’s edible exploration of Roman cuisine to Lochlan Quinn’s theories on the ‘lost years’ of the Trojan War.
All our First Year Classics kids entered, as did several Second Years and our Fifth Years came along for moral and security support. The judges, including the gregarious Professor Philip De Souza, were impressed by all our entries, but in the end, after much deliberation, they chose to award a Bronze to Harry Collins, James Power and Cúan Moore’s hilarious but informative exposé of the plebeian diet and Silver to James O’Neill’s authoritative history of Roman aqueducts (click for full projects). Mid-March, when all this happened, seems like 44 BC now in retrospect, but we hope to all be back to more educational hijinks, especially in Classics, soon!