I recently spent two days at the Richmond Convention Center at a Latin convention. Yes, a Latin convention. I was a parent chaperone of 59 middle school Latin students who, along with 1600 secondary school students from around Virginia, came together to share their love and knowledge of Latin and everything related to the Classics. It was my second Virginia Junior Classics League convention, so I guess I can say I am a believer in what Latin does for the student. I mean if they choose to go to a two-day convention and take up to NINE TESTS on subjects related to Latin and the Classics, is that a bad thing?

The theme of this year’s convention was “Dimidium facti qui coepit habet.” It was Horace who said, “He who has begun has the deed half done.” It’s an interesting quote, and one that was discussed in oratory sessions throughout the two days. But can one really say that? Is the starting of a task half the difficulty in getting it done? Using the analogy of an IT project, perhaps Horace was right if we consider that the beginning of an IT project is often defined as the day the vendor walks in the door or IT and Business kick off the in-house project. If that is deemed the beginning of the project then I would argue that the project better be half done! Let’s consider what should have been done before that day ...

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