Monday, February 29, 2016

Martia Dementia 2016

Ancient Figures Martia Dementia

The madness is back! In the next month Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers will bring back Martia Dementia, the tournament that put ancient authors against one another last year. Who could have predicted Lucan besting Euclid in the finals? This year, we have created a bracket of the top 32 authors from last year and have added 32 philosophers and political figures. With your help, one of them will rise above the others as champion of the Mediterranean. To the victor belong the spoils, and whoever finishes with the best bracket, spoils await. Before getting to the prizes, here is the way the competition will work.

The Bracket
There are two parts to the participation in this event; the first is the bracket. Contestants will need to download a bracket from below, when made available, and save it as a PDF file. Having done this, simply advance the authors of your choosing through the bracket, writing in your picks and eliminating the others, until one remains above the rest. Once filled out, send the bracket to the email provided on the bracket. The rankings are random. There is no rater’s index or previous statistics to consider, and no author has an advantage over another. The only factor determining an author’s advancement is your participation. Filling out the bracket to be eligible for the prizes is the minimum requirement.

The Survey
The second way to participate is the survey. To further improve your chances of winning, a survey will be available for each round (below) 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. This aspect is separate from the bracket and not necessarily required, but actively participating in the survey betters your chances at winning. We will determine the victors of each match by who has the most survey votes by the time the survey closes.

We cannot stress enough the importance of voting early and voting often. So 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.

Victori Spolia
The 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 person finishing in third place. 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! So get ready, and stay tuned. Brackets will be available Friday and the voting madness begins Tuesday, March 15!

-Connor Hart

Be sure to bookmark this post, as we will post the survey links for each round as they become available here:


Round of 64

Round of 32

Sweet Sixteen

Elite Eight

Final Four

Championship Round

Monday, February 01, 2016

January Answer for Roman Calendar

If you have not already done so, check the inside back cover of our 2015-16 Roman Calendar for a reproducible worksheet that asks students to engage with the mythology-oriented artwork included in the calendar.

For those completing the worksheet, here is January's image, question, and answer.

Question: What other gods are commonly depicted with a full beard and long hair? How can you identify which god is shown here?

Answer: Jupiter, Bacchus, and Neptune and other water deities, such as Tiberinus, were commonly depicted with full beards. The trident and the attendant holding a conch shell identify him as Neptune.

Think your students know the answer to the January question on the worksheet? Tweet @BCPublishers the answer by February 25th for a chance to win five of our new buttons. We'll announce our answers, as well as the winner, at the beginning of March. Submit an answer for your class, or better yet, encourage students to participate individually.

To add your name to our mailing list for the Roman Calendar, email with the subject line "Roman Calendar"; be sure to include your name and mailing address in the body of the mail. Calendars are mailed annually in August.