From the doors of the school to Babylon Gyros on Main Street, almost 30 members of the Madison Central Junior Classical League (JLC) walked together in true Roman-style sporting togas and laurel wreaths.
The sun shone brightly off the white-clad students as motorists honked and waved at the group as they passed by the courthouse.
Since the Mediterranean restaurant opened in 2009, students have taken the half-mile walk to Babylon’s every year as a National Classics Week activity, said Bari Clements, Latin teacher at Central.
National Classics Week is celebrated during the week of April 21, which is the day Rome was founded in 753 BC, Clements said.
On Mythology Monday, students dressed up to represent a Greek or Roman myth. On True Colors Tuesday, students wore the official colors of the Junior Classical League: purple and gold.
Wednesday was the original date for the Toga Walk, but inclement weather prevented the stroll. The activity was postponed to Thursday, which happened to be Toga Toga Thursday — students received bonus points if they wore a toga all day long, Clements said.
Today is Classic Fever Friday and students will wear JLC or Latin/Greek related clothing.
National Classics Week also is a opportunity to get community exposure, Clements said, part of a nationwide contest to get the word out about Latin.
Last year, the Central JLC won fourth place in the nation. The group also picked up an award for a Richmond Register story about retired Latin teacher Estelle Bayer, who was inducted into the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame.
“We just want to share that we love Latin. And, yes, we do teach Latin classes at Central,” Clements said.
Almost 150 students take Latin courses at Central and around 60 take Classical Mythology, she said. The Junior Classical League boasts 72 members.
Crystal Wylie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.