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Io Saturnalia! An Academus Fundraiser Quiz

Academus Education is hosting a digital fundraiser quiz on 1st December at 7:30pm to celebrate the achievements of this year and to raise money as we look forward to the new year and new endeavours. Tickets are priced at £3, and the theme of the evening is ‘Io Saturnalia!’. We are hoping to merge Classics and a festive spirit for a fun evening full of fun and festive cheer during this time of lockdown. Despite being themed ‘Io Saturnalia’, our quiz is designed to be accessible for everyone, classicists or not. Everyone can join in: students and teachers, family and friends!

Io Saturnalia is not just a fundraiser, but also a chance for everyone to get together for some fun and games as lockdown continues on. It will be open to everyone, no major Classics knowledge will be required! There are also some great prizes up for grabs, including an art commission, books and stickers. There will also be a tombola raffle for an extra £2 if you buy the tombola ticket, meaning you will have the chance to win even more prizes.

Academus is a non-profit organisation, and every service that we provide is completely free. However, in order to keep the organisation running, we need to fundraise to cover the costs of all our projects. All funds raised from the Io Saturnalia event will be going towards our latest project trying to get Classics Qualifications for students who are not offered the subject in school.

The quiz is a celebration of everything that Academus has achieved this year. Since its establishment in April, Academus has prided itself on offering free Classics education and resources for all. In August, we delivered 2 Summer Schools to over 70 students aged 13-17 in which we delivered lessons on both Latin and Ancient Greek as well as literature and history classes carefully prepared by our team. We also had a variety of guest speakers giving talks on a range of topics from the wider Classical world, such as Caroline Lawrence, author of the Roman Mystery novels, and Prof. Edith Hall.

Our Summer School inspired students and highlighted the value of studying Classics, but our work goes beyond just the Summer Schools. We have a content team that produces free articles on our Academus blog on a wide variety of classical topics every week, and we have launched a 1-1 University guide service for students applying to university to provide a personal and relevant guide from a Classics student. In October, the Academus Digital Think Tanks began, consisting of Digital talks from the Academus team as well as upcoming talks from academics and teachers.

In the Ancient World, Saturnalia was a time of fun and festivities, of socialising and giving gifts, much like our own holiday traditions. At our Io Saturnalia quiz, we hope to emulate the spirit of good cheer and have a fun evening celebrating Classics – so join us if you can!

Tickets can be found at this link!

Academus Education is an online learning platform providing free Classics Education to students through summer schools, articles and digital think tanks. If you wish to support us, please buy us a coffee on our ko-fi page.

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