Monday, February 28, 2011

Classics Challenge Week 4

Here's your week 4 Easy Challenge

Classics Challenge Week 4

Here's your week 4 Difficult Challenge

Friday, February 25, 2011

Happy Brittany Day!

Today is Brittany's Birthday!
(Brittany Restall, that is)

In the joyous spirit of the occasion, here are a couple of ancient jokes from Hierocles and Philagrius, enjoy!

228. "A tipsy fellow being reproached by certain persons that drinking so much he was not in his senses, but he not being able to see clearly, on account of the wine, replied, "Am I drunk, or you who have two faces?""

231. "A person with bad breath wishing to commit suicide and having wrapped up his head he opened his mouth wide."

253. "A pedant was voyaging in a storm and each of his fellow passengers laying hold of some object to save himself, he grasped one of the anchors."

Monday, February 21, 2011

Classics Challenge Week 3

Here's your week 3 Easy Challenge:

Identify the reference behind each of these Classics themed comics.






Classics Challenge Week 3

Here's your week 3 Difficult Challenge:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Movie Time!

The Eagle
Monday February 21st
Silver City @ St. Vital Mall

You should probably show up. We'll be waiting for you.

A Roman epic adventure, based on the classic novel of the same name, set in the dangerous world of second-century Britain. In 140 A.D., 20 years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth. Accompanied only by his British slave Esca, Marcus sets out across Hadrian's Wall into the uncharted highlands of Caledonia -- to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father's memory, and retrieve the lost legion's golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth.

Monday, February 14, 2011

U Victoria Classics Conference

The deadline has passed, but we have been encouraged to contact them to make an abstract submission anyway. This is a great experience for those of you who plan to go on to Grad School.

Classics Challenge Week 2

Here's your week 2 Easy Challenge:

Imagine, if you will, a man named Sarapammon. He's a simple man, hardworking, reliable, but lonely.  He is in love with Ptolemais, but she has shown little interest in him. With inconceivable foresight, he knows that in a couple of millenia people will celebrate a holiday of love on this day (14 February by our calendar) and so, out of desperation he makes this (see photo) as a gift to himself.

Your task is to tell me why this 'gift' is appropriate for Valentine's Day, and four other tidbits about the artefact. Use the form below to submit your answers.

Classics Challenge Week 2

Here's your week 2 Difficult Challenge:

Your task is to go forth and photograph yourself with your favourite local Classics reference - be it architectural, artistic, or just a local business with a sweet name. Surprise us.

The scoring will be assessed in the following manner:
- 5 points will be awarded for submitting a photo (must include something Classics-y to be considered valid)
- 1 point will be deducted for each duplicated reference, so be creative! (e.g. - if two of you submit photos of yourselves in front of Pawndora's Box on Main St., you will each be awarded 4 points. If three of you, 3 points, etc.)
- 1 bonus point will be awarded for each person in the photo with you, to a maximum of 3 points. Bring your friends, then get them to submit their own photos! Hooray!
- Up to 2 bonus points will be awarded for style and originality. This will be judged subjectively; we recommend you pander to our tastes (for those of you who don't know us too well, the sillier the better!)

E-mail your submissions to: Be sure to include your name and a brief description of your location. I swear they're out there - 148 separate examples are currently documented ... go find one!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Bonus Challenge 1

There seems to be some confusion regarding the first bonus challenge...

First and foremost, this is a scavenger hunt around the school. The answers aren't things that you can just think up or figure out - you have to go places and find things.

 The riddle tells you where to go and look, and then you have to find something there and report it back to me. In the case of the first clue - figure out where Spongebob and Poseidon are fighting over golden apples, then find something there that would fit the phrase 'this king has more than enough fruit' and tell me who that king is.

You can do it!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Happy Meghan Day!

Today you win everything.
Including this educational comic. Enjoy both it and your birthday! Hooray!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Bonus Challenge 1

This bonus challenge is meant to be difficult -  but it's worth 25 points!

It's a school-wide scavenger hunt of a Classical nature.  The first clue is below. Decipher the riddle, go forth into the school and find the answer. E-mail it to, and if you're right I'll send you the next clue.  There are 8 steps to this scavenger hunt - you must complete them all by the end of the contest to earn your points.

Spongebob and Poseidon fight over golden apples but this king already has more than enough fruit.

And your 8 weeks starts now ... GO!

(pssssst .... you need to tell me who 'this king' is)

p.s. If you get stuck, you can attend any of our events (bake sales, pizza sales, movie nights, pub nights etc) and ask someone for a hint.

Classics Challenge Week 1

Here's your first Challenge!
Use the form below to identify these photos.
You can do it!

photo 1

photo 2

photo 3

photo 4

photo 5

Happy Leyna Day!

Today is your Birthday!
Here's a little something that will hopefully make you laugh. Enjoy!

Sno Ballz of Fury

Congratulations to The Retiarii,
our very own 3-on-3 basketball team

Alistair, Andrew, Reanne, and Jennesa
managed to win 2 of their games
won the prize for BEST CHEER!
(because what can compete with cartwheels and trident-stabbings, really?)

Thanks to our cheering section for all of your support!
Videos to come soon.

Friday, February 4, 2011


"Statius' Portrayal of Teiresias as a Necromancer"
By Dr. Rob Nau

4pm in 4CM41
Friday, February 11

Everyone is welcome.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


I just got back from a shopping trip.

Want to know what I bought?


Want to know the best part?

You can have it! I don't want it!

All you have to do is come to the Shamrock 'n Soul social and win it. Not so hard.
Tickets & more info here.