I'm in the Memorial Union at UW-Madison with 388 junior high and high school students for the Wisconsin Junior Classical League Convention. First, it is wonderful to see such enthusiasm among young people for classical language and culture. Second, it is too bad that the organizers believe that one has to allow the kids to act like so-called typical high-school students in order for them to come. I thinking about the dance they have on Friday night plus the immodest behavior around the pool at the social. Plus the "spirit" competition which from what I can figure out has nothing to do with classical culture unless one thinks of the Celtic barbarians heading into battle. Maybe that is it.
Roman soldiers didn't act like that.