Classics Students host Agorion Bake Sale
The Classics Postgraduate student contingent within the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC) recently baked up a storm, took to the Howard College campus and managed to sell their baked confectionary in record time in order to raise much needed funds for the Museum of Classical Archaeology, fondly known as the Classics Museum on campus.
Building on the idea from former Classics student Ms Catherine Bilro, this year’s Agorion Bake Sale was conceptualised and initiated by the small group of students for the purpose of maintaining the Classics Museum and to create awareness amongst UKZN students about the Classics Department.
Student Mr Will Parker stated they had all come to love the Classics Department and the wealth of information it provided and wanted to help the department increase its postgraduate numbers.
‘Many students on campus are unaware that we actually have a museum and that one can actually study the Classics. With future bake sales, we hope to change this perception and to spark an interest amongst students to join our department,’ he said.
The students opened the bake sale with a Greek twist choosing the name Agorion as it is the diminutive form of the Greek word Agora for the open-air, often tented, marketplace of a city (as it still does in Greece) where merchants had their shops and where craftsmen made and sold their wares.
The students even dressed up for the sale, adorned with wreaths of ivy, adding to the authenticity of Greek culture. Even their promotional flyers used Greek words and ideas to attract students to the sale.
Some of the baked goodies on sale were home-made brownies, fudge, chocolate profiteroles, cupcakes, a Greek honey cake and even Kajil Kara’s famous lemonade- all of which were sold out within the hour.
‘We had received such a good response from students and many of them were disappointed that we had sold out so quickly. But many were keen to know more about Classics and our museum so we hope to build on this for the next bake sale,’ said Ms Liliana Tappeiner.
The students had baked the confectionary on their own, using family recipes that were handed down from generation to generation. They hope to try out more recipes and have a wider variety of baked goods in the future.
Ms Robyn Baxter added, ‘It’s definitely something different from the food on campus and students seem to like this. We’re actually trying to make this a sort of tradition at the department and to someday have the Agorion within our Museum or closer to the Classics department so that students can see what we have on offer and to come study with us.’
Both students Ms Mikara Achary and Ms Carey Kirkman added that the next Agorion will be bigger and better. ‘This is our motivation to keep the department alive and we plan on incorporating other art events into it such as music and even poetry recitals. And we really appreciate the continual support shown by students and academics,’ they said.
The next Agorion Bake Sale is scheduled for early next semester, with another one towards the end of the year. Flyers and notices are expected to be distributed, once final dates have been confirmed.