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Misguided Models: Revisiting Costume Choices by the NJCL

The National Junior Classical League needs to consider the way its reception of Classics reinforces white supremacy and nationalism.

Cloelia Crossing the Tiber (1630/40) by Rubens

It is the job of the discipline to always critically engage with that legacy and to model for students their own critical understanding of the material presented to them.

The stories of Horatius and Mucius are narratives of national pride taken to the extreme, one of individual voice being erased in favor of the state, one of violent masculine exceptionalism, and one of never questioning the authority of the fatherland.



Towards a more equitable Classics

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Ian Lockey

Latin teacher at Friends Select School, Philadelphia, PhD from NYU