|The Final Martia Dementia Results
When (14) Vergil beat (3) Plato in the first round, everybody tore their brackets in two. I guess a showdown between (11) Homer and (14) Vergil, the two epic greats, was simply inevitable. (2) Hector and (3) Aeneas met in the contest that was marked by a Martia Dementia first—a tie—which was decided by the will of the fates (i.e., a coin flip). The returning champion, (1) Caesar, once again faced down and beat (1) Zeus. Just as Caesar presumed to extend his dictatorship for another year, victory was snatched away by none other than (3) Cincinnatus. Cincinnatus had been steadily overcoming foes Roman and Trojan to prevent Caesar’s enduring reign.
This was my first year in charge of the competition and I was continually inspired and humbled by your enthusiasm and participation. I would like to thank all the students, teachers, professors, and colleagues who made this year’s Martia Dementia a success. Now for the spolia! To Parker Birchard of the Bullis School, who made only 3 correct picks, I say congratulations for having the most abysmal bracket. To the Brookfield Academy students sponsored by the perennial Ruth Osier, I say congratulations for taking third place with a perfect Round of 32. To Ryan Shih of Dominion High School who made only 12 incorrect picks, I say congratulations for taking second place. Finally, I congratulate Nicholas Santana, who triumphantly seized first place with 3/4 correct picks in the Final Four and only 12 incorrect picks overall.
Still disappointed in how your brackets turned out? Want to prepare for a better outing next year? Heed the wise words of past years’ winners:
|A Sample Martia Demetia Bracket
Ian Lobo (2017 winner): Well, I wouldn’t call my picks much of a strategy but more like educated guesses. My main way of choosing was who is more known by the people entering this contest, because I felt as if people would choose who they knew the most, as well as if the person they chose was good or bad. For the ones I didn’t know of, like Hesiod, a quick Google search provided me with the answer. As whether my strategy changed, not really but I just asked friends to just pick Caesar because he needs to win!
Ruth Osier (2016 winner, and 2018 third-place winner): Several (basketball) students were very amused by the idea of Greeks and Romans facing off. Heated debates began on ‘Vergil vs. Plautus’ or ‘Pompey vs. Trajan.’ Since there was such controversy, I instructed the debaters to fill out brackets and I would take the most common threads and send a copy to enter in the contest. Around a dozen students turned in forms to me. Once it was submitted, copies of our bracket were distributed to all students with an explanation of how to vote. Then we left on spring break and I assumed the students would forget to vote and it would end then. But when we returned they were excited that most (not all) of their picks were still in the running. As each round concluded and voting began again, I allowed the students to have a couple minutes at the beginning of class that day to vote. When we arrived at the final four the students started to get friends and relatives to vote. At the end of the tournament, every day the students asked if I had heard if we won because our choices seemed to move on at every level. When I was able to announce Victoria est nobis! cheers broke out. The students enjoyed the fun of the competition and I enjoyed introducing names and history lessons to the students who didn’t know all the ‘teams.’
|Our Champion, Cincinnatus (Wikimedia Commons)
Thanh Tran (2015 winner): I basically chose the authors whom I liked best in each pairing if not entirely at random. I may have asked a lot of my students to vote for my bracket.
Want to find out if Cincinnatus will maintain his title or relinquish it and return to his fields? We will need to wait till next year to see! Already counting down the days? Want to see an author, politician, or philosopher who did not make it into this year’s bracket? Would you rather see gods and goddesses versus heroes versus beasts? Tweet @BCPublishers what and who you would like to see, and include the hash tag #MartiaDementia or give feedback in the comments below. Did you have questions or comments about how this year’s competition went? Were you able to find ways to incorporate Martia Dementia into the classroom, or do you have ideas of how you might next year? Comment below–we would love to hear from you!
Teachers, students, and lifelong learners, the fourth annual Martia Dementia contest has commenced! Previous contests have pitted ancient authors, philosophers, politicians, and deities against one another. Now 32 heroes and heroines from Greek and Roman mythology will join the fray, bridging the gap between the mortal and the divine realms. With your help, one of them will emerge as champion of the Mediterranean. To the victor belong the spoils, and to whomever finishes with the best bracket, spoils await. Before getting to the prizes, here is the way the competition will work.
Starting today, complete a bracket to be eligible for wondrous prizes.
The preferred method: Download the bracket and save it as a PDF file. Then, starting from the “Round of 64,” go through each pairing and select your preferred candidates. Type the names of these preferred candidates in their corresponding “Round of 32” slots. Continue through the remaining rounds until one individual reigns supreme. Send your completed bracket to the email provided on the right side of the bracket.
The alternate method: Download and print the bracket. Complete the bracket, writing instead of typing your candidates. Scan or take a picture of your completed bracket and send it to the email provided on the right side of the bracket.
Brackets will be accepted through Wednesday, March 14th.
A survey will be made available on Thursday, March 15th, where you can vote for your picks or, as it gets closer to the championship, vote against any picks that might hurt your chances of winning. Whichever ancient figures have the most survey votes by the time the survey closes will advance through the round. Actively participating in the survey betters your chances at winning. Fresh surveys will be posted for each round, so there will be many opportunities to make your mark on the contest.
We cannot stress enough the importance of voting early and voting often. When the survey goes live, cast your votes! Get your friends to vote for your picks. Teachers, get your students to stuff the survey with favorable votes!
This competition is not solely for bringing posthumous glory to your favorite ancient figure. Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is offering book prizes for the brackets that most closely resemble the final results; a $100 book credit will be awarded to the first-place participant, a $50 credit to the second-place participant, and a $25 credit to the third-place participant. Feeling like you no longer stand a chance? Do not give up! There will also be a $25 credit for having the most abysmal bracket!
Be sure to bookmark this post and check it frequently, as we will post the survey links for each round here as they become available. Also, follow us onFacebook and Twitter for updates as the competition progresses.
Remember, brackets close Wednesday, March 14th, and the first round of voting will begin Thursday, March 15th.
|Ian Hockberg and his family dressed
as deities and demigods.
We at Bolchazy-Carducci are happy to announce our third annual Halloween costume contest: Dolus aut Dulce?
It was so nice seeing all the wonderful costumes from last year's participants, such as the snake-haired Medusa, deities and demigods, and Hannibal cosutmes from last year's winners. So if you plan on sporting a toga with some laurels, going for the whole hoplite, or fashioning your own set of wax wings, we urge you to take a picture of your classics-themed costume and send it to us.
|Decorating her hair up with snakes, Lindsey Morse,
completed her change into Ms. Medusa.
Like last year, all we need from you is a photo of you in a classics-themed costume. Send it to us via Twitter to @BCPublishers, using the hash tag #BCPub. Do this, and you automatically make yourself eligible for one of three prizes! One photo will be accepted per Twitter account. If multiple people are in one picture all wearing classics costumes, the prize would only go to the owner of the account that tweeted the picture. If by request the contestants ask that another member of the picture stand as the contestant, one that is not the Twitter account member, or not a Twitter member at all, we will accept that as well.
|Winston Durand went all out
for his Hannibal costume.
Teachers, tell your students; students, tell your teachers. Tell all of your friends! No need to wait until October 31 to send a picture. We will start accepting photos this week and will continue to accept pictures until 11:59 PM CT on Tuesday, November 7th. Even if it is not your Halloween costume, so long as you have a photo featuring a classics-themed costume, we'll accept it!
Bolchazy-Carducci: A Year in Review
Mox nox! As the autumnal equinox approaches and the sun sets earlier each day, we are looking back at the past year and ahead to the year to come. The past twelve months have been full of new books, conferences, and contests—and, of course, birthday cakes!
A Fond Farewell. The Bolchazy-Carducci family bids a fond farewell to Connor Hart as he returns to Massachusetts and pursues further studies. Connor joined B-C following his graduation from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he studied classics and English. After a year as an intern, Connor joined the staff as social media and editorial assistant. Connor has done terrific work developing B-C’s social media—writing blogs, creating Martia Dementia, assembling the Roman Calendar and its quiz components, posting on Facebook, and tweeting.
|Richard LaFleur, a.k.a. Doctor Illa Flora
autographs Ubi Fera Sunt.
Bolchazy-Carducci staff and other representatives exhibited and met with teachers and students across the United States and in Canada this past year. Look for us at upcoming conferences! Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire hosted the Illinois Classical Conference’s
October meeting. The meetings of the Texas Foreign Language Association
(Austin, TX), Classical Association of the Atlantic States
(New Brunswick, NJ), Classical Association of the Middle West and South Southern Section
(Decatur, GA), Classical Association of the Empire State
(Schenectady, NY), and Texas Classical Association
(Waco, TX) followed soon after. The fall conference season concluded with the meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
(Boston, MA) and the Virginia Junior Classical League Convention
(Richmond, VA). The 2017 conference season began with the Archaeological Institute of America and Society for Classical Studies Joint Annual Meeting
(Toronto, ON), followed by meetings of the Classical Association of New England
(Exeter, NH), the International Congress on Medieval Studies
(Kalamazoo, MI), the American Classical League
(Grand Rapids, MI), and the National Junior Classical League Convention
Many of our conferences featured fishbowl drawings. Winners took home book bundles that included some of our brand new titles from the past year. The second annual Dolus aut Dulce?
Halloween costume contest allowed teachers, students, and entire classrooms from around the world to show off their classics-inspired creativity and featured deities, demigods, Hannibal, and Medusa. Our third annual Martia Dementia
contest pitted deities against mortals, and in the final round Caesar triumphed over Zeus with a 431–54 victory.
Thomas Howard of St. Ignatius College Prep-Chicago, IL, took home the glory and spoils with the winning bracket. Follow us on Twitter
so that you never miss out on a chance to win B-C prizes.
Founder’s Day. On July 21, the B-C staff and old colleagues assembled for a special lunch to celebrate our late founder Dr. Ladislaus “Lou,” a.k.a. “Laci” or “Lacko,” J. Bolchazy. The celebration concluded with a trivia contest about Dr. Lou and his beloved B-C. Marie Bolchazy, president, and Allan Bolchazy, vice president, served as judges for the contest. Editor Don Sprague, Mike Frazier from shipping, and Jody Cull, production and eLearning manager, emerged trivia triumphant.
<picture of Marie, Laurie, and Allan from July 25 Facebook post; caption: Honored guests at the 2017 Founder’s Day included retired editor Laurie Keenan (pictured with Marie Bolchazy and Allan Bolchazy) and her husband Jim who first met Lou when he interviewed for a one-year appointment at Loyola University Chicago.
The 2017–2018 year offers new opportunities for students and teachers to enter our Dolus aut Dulce?
and Martia Dementia
contests and to sign up for fishbowl drawings for a chance to win a book bundle at upcoming conferences. Follow us on Facebook
, and our blog
for the latest updates on new books, conferences, contests, and more.