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Classics quiz returns after COVID cancellation

Thursday 5 August 2021 5:35pm

The 2019 Classics quiz with MC Kiri Lenagh-Glue at right.

A very contemporary contagion saw the cancellation of last year’s Classics quiz, but the popular event will return next week.

Gwynaeth McIntyre 2021 image
Dr McIntyre

On Tuesday 10 and 17 August, about 130 students from Dunedin schools will gather at Otago’s St David Lecture Theatres for the popular event.

The “pub-style” quiz format sees teams of four answering 55 questions ranging from history and literature, to mythology and art.

Classics Head of Programme Dr Gwynaeth McIntyre says the Classical Association of Otago and the University of Otago’s Classics programme have run the event each year since 1988, but it was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“It’s great to be in a position to offer the quiz again this year because we receive such positive feedback from the pupils and schools who really look forward to it as an extracurricular highlight.”

“Students come from all over the city. It’s amazing the level of knowledge they show, and especially as many of the intermediates and juniors are studying Classics material in their own time – it’s not part of the curriculum at their level yet.”

Dr McIntyre says it’s pleasing to see former participants return as students, such as 2019 quiz MC Kiri Lenagh-Glue (above, at right) and this year’s MC Lydie Leurquin, who both received their Classics Honours degrees in 2020.