Antiquity 2.0

Sponsored by Trent’s Ancient Greek and Roman Studies Program, Department of Cultural Studies, and English Department.


Antiquity 2.0 requires students to modernize and re-enact a scene from Ancient Roman or Greek drama (see below for this year’s text). Teams may perform their re-enactment live, or they may produce a video that will be played on the day of the Humanities Fair. Live plays or videos must be no longer than 15 minutes.

By “modernize” we mean freely modify the scene so that its characters, setting, plot, dialogue, costumes, etc., speak more directly to a modern audience. The original scene should be identifiable in the re-enactment, but otherwise teams are completely free to do whatever they want to the scene. A good example of this sort of thing done on a large scale is the Coen brothers’ film O Brother, Where art Thou?, which is loosely based on Homer’s Odyssey.

Team Size:

There is no limit to the number of students that may compete for a team in the Antiquity 2.0 event.

Each team may submit one Antiquity 2.0 performance.

The 2020 Text:

Teams competing in Antiquity 2.0 in 2020 are required to modernize and re-enact the following:

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