The ClassicsNow festival is an Art Festival celebrating Classics. Click on the Logo above for a link to there website.
CAI-T will be facilitating several school contests and events to coincide with the festival - Click here.
Highlights of the festival itself include:
- Award-winning memoirist and critic Daniel Mendelsohn, Editor-at-Large at the New York Review of Books, will be in conversation online with Sebastian Barry, Laureate for Irish Fiction. Daniel Mendelsohn’s books include An Odyssey: a Father, a Son and an Epic and The Bad Boy of Athens: Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones.
- Italian journalist and classicist, Andrea Marcolongo, will talk about her best-selling book The Ingenious Language: Nine Epic Reasons to Love Greek in conversation online with New York-based editor and writer Mary Norris, author of Greek To Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen.
- We’ll be joining sparkling broadcaster, novelist and classicist Natalie Haynes online on her sofa in London to peer into Pandora’s Jar, her latest take on the ever-fascinating women of Greek myth, whom she wrote about so memorably in A Thousand Ships.
"Education is the kindling of a fire, not the filling of a vessel"
What is Classics ?
Natalie Haynes says "the house of western thought has many rooms, but only one basement". What sets Classics apart from other humanities subjects such as Philosophy, Law, History, Languages and Literature is that Classics clutches the fabric of their foundations to its breast. Whilst the other Humanities germinate, bloom and branch out from the classical seed, the Classics looks ever inwards to study every wondrous facet of that crystalline germ of western civilisation: the ancient Greek and Roman world.
Classics in the Curriculum
At present Junior and Leaving Certificates the Classics are split into three separate subjects Ancient Greek, Latin and Classical Studies. From September 2019, these courses have been replaced by the Junior Cycle in Classics. Students and teachers will have great depth of material and flexibility of delivery with this Junior Cycle Classics Specification, and in effect, will be continuing on in a Latin, Ancient Greek, or Classical Studies classroom (rather than a sampling of all three, as in Science). After Junior Cycle, students will be able to progress into one, two or three of the Leaving Certificate subjects: Ancient Greek, Latin and Classical Studies.
As of September 2018, the NCCA is in the final stages of the review of Leaving Certificate Classical Studies, and Classical Association of Ireland Teachers have asked that this be immediately followed on with a review of Leaving Certificate Ancient Greek and Latin.