The Massachusetts Junior Classical League is a non-profit organization in Massachusetts that strives to promote classical studies in the modern world. MassJCL dedicates itself to celebrating the languages, literature, and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome through events, competitions, and more.
"Caelum, non animum, mutant qui trans mare currunt."
“They who rush across the sea change their sky, not their soul.”
- Horace, Epistles 1.11
MassJCL State Convention @ Duxbury High (April 28-30)
NJCL Convention @ Emory University (July 21-27)
2022 Welcome letter
I hope you all had a good summer break and have had a great start to the school year!
As the 2022-2023 school year begins, I would like to cordially welcome you to MassJCL. As you may know, MassJCL is a chapter of the National Junior Classical League (NJCL), a student-run organization that seeks to unite classics students from across Massachusetts and the country in a shared appreciation for the languages and cultures of ancient civilizations. This organization provides amazing opportunities for you to pursue your passion in the classics, give back to your community, meet new people, and pursue leadership opportunities at the local, state and national level.
We will host three statewide events throughout the year: Kickoff, Classics Day and State Convention. Our first event is Kickoff taking place on October 29th, from 9am to 3pm, at Winchester High School. This event is an excellent way for you to learn more about how to establish or grow your school’s classics club, to meet people from around the state, and to learn about leadership opportunities in JCL through the Praetoria workshops. We will also have plenty of fun activities, including open certamen and (friendly) gladiator fights. Can’t wait to see you there!
Our next event, Classics Day, will take place at Boston University on December 1st. Please save the date! The theme for this year is “A Day in the Life,” with a focus on historically marginalized communities in the ancient Mediterranean world. Always one of our most popular events, Classics Day offers you a chance to attend classics-related lectures and workshops led by professors in the Boston area.
Finally, make sure to stay tuned for more information about our State Convention, which will be held in person in April. This weekend-long event is an excellent opportunity for you to meet other classics scholars from across the state and compete in academic, dramatic, artistic, and athletic competitions. It is also a great first taste of what the annual NJCL conventions are like, and we hope it will inspire you to join the Massachusetts delegation at Nationals which will be held at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia next summer.
I am looking forward to meeting you all this year, and am so grateful for your support of MassJCL!
Gratias tibi ago,
MassJCL President 2022-2023