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Marathon Read of “The Odyssey,” on Classics Day 2011

032311NewsAndNotes_MinervaThe Classical Society, a student group in Classical Studies, is planning a Homer-a-thon, a marathon reading of the Odyssey. It will be read in Greek and English by members of the club, faculty of the Classics department, and anyone who would like to sign up, says Sara Warsing, president of the UNCG Classical Society.

This Homer-a-thon is a single part of the big, classically inspired day that the Classical Society is planning on Saturday, April 2. They have named the event Classics Day 2011: Clash of the Spartans! This all-day event will be held in Foust Park as well as near the Minerva Statue.

“We have many fun and educational events that all relate to the ancient world. Think Renaissance Fair but Greek and Roman,” she says. Activities will include performances of Greek tragedies, archaeology demonstrations, military drills and a mock battle, their version of the Olympic Games and more. These activities will featured 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

But the “Odyssey”reading, which is likely to go on well into the evening and early morning, will begin earlier, at 9 a.m. For those interested in booking a reading slot in this Homer-a-thon, there will be a sign-up sheet in the Classics Library, Room 1106, MHRA Building, starting today (March 23). “If anyone would like to read, they must commit to reading for 15 minutes, at a minimum,” says Warsing. “They may also sign up to read for longer if they so choose. Copies of ‘The Odyssey’ and water will be provided.”