Assisi Scholars Storm the Chinese Terracotta Army

Assisi Scholars Storm the Chinese Terracotta Army

Ten warriors and war horses from the Qin Dynasty (259-210 BC) stood stolid and silent as twenty-four Roger Bacon sophomore Assisi Scholars surveyed the exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum on May 22.Eerie quiet was the mood of this magnificent display that offered a glimpse into the culture and warfare practices of the time period.Armor, weapons, art, jewelry, pottery, sculpture and grave goods provided examples of the work of highly skilled Chinese craftsmen.

Part of an 8,000 piece archeological find that was first discovered in 1974 by farmers in China, the Terracotta Army is now touring the United States. The site was built as a massive series of rooms designed to venerate, protect, and prepare the Emperor Ying Zheng for the afterlife.In terms of archeological importance, this exhibit parallels the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt. It was very important that our students see this once-in-a-lifetime display.

Equally entertaining, the Icelandic multi-media music exhibit of the works of Ragnar Kjartansson also captured the interest of the students.According to Casey Niesen, “this exhibit is live.”When not viewing the exhibits, the students enjoyed picnic lunches on the outside stairs of the Cincinnati Art Museum.For many, it was their first trip to CAM, but it won’t be their last.The students are already planning return visits for the summer.Expanding the minds of Assisi Scholars is one of the many purposes of the program. Yearly trips to expose students to the arts, sciences, history, and cultural events connects what is learned in the classroom to the application of academic knowledge in the world.

The finale of day included a trip to Dairy Queen in St. Bernard.As the students enjoyed their delicious treats, a man approached Mr. Schad and gave him money to pay for the ice cream.Easily recognized by the RB uniforms, the sight of the students having fun at DQ inspired the generous man to recognize the quality of the Roger Bacon community.The students took a leisurely walk back to Roger Bacon in time for Bell 7 filled with good memories and pride in their school.

By: Dr. Deb Luebbe, Assisi Scholar Program Director