The Solis Diaboli club aims to engage ASU students with mythology

The Solis Diaboli club examines the ancient past of Greeks and Romans

This Thursday, the Solis Diaboli club will host 'Yoga in Togas' on the Hayden Lawn in Tempe, giving students the opportunity to dive into the downward dog while embracing ancient Greek and Roman cultures.

This is one of many events the Solis Diaboli club is putting on this year to immerse students in Greek and Roman mythology. 

The club is continually growing and planning activities that broaden their horizons on the mythology and religions of the Greeks and Romans. 

Sarah Bolmarcich, the secondary advisor and an ASU classics lecturer, said club members attend lectures hosted by the Central Arizona Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. The lectures focus on the history and architecture of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans.

Most of the students are classics majors, a degree offered at ASU through the School of International Letters and Cultures

According to the SILC website, the students take courses on the lives of the Greeks and Romans. They work closely with professors and fellow peers who believe there are still mysteries to be unearthed about the ancient civilizations.

Ryan Mouzoon, a senior studying classical civilizations, is the Roman Vice President of the Solis Diaboli club. He said the goal for the club this year is to become more social and get non-classic majors involved.

As the Roman vice president, Mouzoon is always looking for new ideas for their meetings.

“We’re trying to get more people involved and make it more social," he said.

Treasurer Abigail Bardales, a senior majoring in history and anthropology, said part of reconstructing the club this year is to put together a few fun events that returning members, new members and fellow ASU students can participate in together.

“We have had a reconstruction of the club this year because of new members and have new officers," she said. "We do monthly meetings where our members can get together to talk about events they want to put together.”

Along with making the organization more social, the club has created several events that both ASU students and club members can participate in. 

According to the SILC website, one of their upcoming events will take place on Oct. 28 for ASU homecoming. The school will cheer on ASU's football team in more than 20 different languages and aintroduce students to Greek and Roman mythology.

Bolmarcich said the club participates in events such as the Night of the Open Door and the Solis Diaboli book club. They also attend lectures and meetings the students organize to share their love and connection to the history of Greeks and Romans. 

“It is a classics major social organization,” Bolmarcich said. “This is our way of trying to spread the classics around the ASU campus.” 


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