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Birthday bash celebrates Ovid and Sulmona

HighlightABoston celebrated the 2,000th anniversary of Publio Ovidio Nasone’s birth in style. On March 17, a group of students from the Abruzzese town of Sulmona (Ovidio’s birthplace) held a special presentation at Filippo Ristorante in the North End, where over 100 representatives of the community gathered to hear more about the Certamen Ovidianum Sulmonense.

The Certamen is an Italian national competition in Latin among high school students, focusing exclusively on Ovid, the famous Roman poet who lived during the reign of Emperor Augustus. “Our goal is to promote the works of Ovid,” said Professor Caterina Fantauzzi, who accompanied a group of students between 15 and 17 during their Boston visit. “The students have learned a lot from their trip to Boston.”

Another goal of the trip was to promote the 17th edition of the Certamen competition, which for the first time was also open to students outside the European Union. Every year, an average of 60 students from all over Italy participate in the Certamen, which awards six annual scholarships.

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