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Here are some of the programs we can present to your students

 

The following programs are our MOST POPULAR and can be adapted for your students:

Museum in the Classroom We set up a mini-museum in your school.  This display consists of over 75 reproductions of ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman artifacts.  Containing examples of statuary, pottery, glassware, coins, household items, and photographs of frescoes and mosaics, the entire collection requires 8-9 library tables for display.  Models of Roman siege machines as well as a full-size suit of Roman armor with weapons are also part of this museum.  The mini-museum items are all labeled and for self-guided tours or we can guide your students through the display.
A Visit by a Pompeian Slave Doug Ryan, playing the role of a Roman slave who survived the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD, describes to your class what his life was like and how it felt to witness this tragic event.  Then, after removing some of his disguise, he shows a power point presentation of how Pompey and Herculaneum appear today and discusses modern archeological discoveries about that famous volcanic eruption.
A Trip to Egypt Through a power point presentation, your class cruises down the Nile River.  Egyptian clothing and other items are shown to the class to enhance their understanding of this ancient and influential civilization.  
Art and Architecture of
Ancient Egypt
Focusing on the pyramids, several important ancient Egyptian temples, and statues, a power point presentation gives an overall view of traditional Egyptian art and architecture.  Reproductions of items found in these buildings are shown and explained.
The Roman Army A power point presentation shows your class what it was like to be a Roman soldier.  A full-size suit of Roman armor is worn by one of your students and the use of a legionary soldier's weapons is demonstrated.  Scale models of Roman war machines are shown and explained.  Clips from modern feature films can also be presented to show how today's entertainment industry has portrayed ancient warfare.
Roman Water and Sewerage Systems How the ancient Romans developed systems for providing fresh water and eliminating waste water is explained through a power point presentation.  This lecture/discussion provides students with an ancient perspective on the importance of protecting natural resources and understanding how expansion of cities affects the environment.
Classical Influence on Early America A power point presentation shows students what an ancient Roman would think if he were walking Boston's Freedom Trail.  The purpose of the presentation is to explain various aspects of Classical culture that were essential parts of establishing American society.  Many examples in art, architecture, education, government, language, and customs illustrate for your students the influence of the ancient Greeks and Romans on their own world.

 

 

The following programs are examples of more specialized interest:

"Ancient Inventions and Simple Machines"

"Greek and Roman Roots in English"

"The History and Development of the English Language"

"The Movie 'Spartacus' and McCarthyism"

"Pyramus and Thisbe: Shakespeare vs. Ovid"

" 'Aeneid Book VI" and Dante's 'Divine Comedy' "

"Origins of Western Theater"

"Allies vs Axis: Adversaries from the Time of Julius Caesar"