Thanks to the Memoranda team and all those who took pictures during GLA MMXIX, I can now present to you the full Google Drive of our pictures! Please peruse and save as you like. You can also find our VALETE video under "Videos."
Gratias maximas! χάριν ὑμῖν! Enjoy the rest of your summers!
-- Mr. Jefferson
Today we attended our Latin day classes for the last time. Let me say they did not disappoint. We presented our final thoughts about Agrippina through whatever creative way we wanted, finished the final installment in Libelli Cavelli, and came up with a unique skit in Loquenda (of course in Latin)!
Breaking news! We had our dress rehearsal for the play today. We cannot wait to show you the progress we have made in the full scale production tomorrow. Hope to see you there!
It is a bittersweet time here in the dorms, as we are all busy packing away the little homes we have built over the past three weeks. Not only are we packing up our little nests, but we are cramming in more memories with the lifetime friends we have made here. Some of us are even making convention plans!
Tomorrow, before the play, we will attend our final Greek day classes, which will be just as fun as today. We cannot wait to tell you all the details in person either tomorrow at the play or Sunday at 8 am. See you all soon!
Hannah AND HANNAH!!!
Guess where we went today? We went off to The VMFA today to tour the exhibits of one of the best museums around for classical works. On our trip we delved into the classics by viewing everything from kitchen bowls to sarcophagi. We also got to put into good use our lectures on circumlitio and tomb reading. Lucky for us, the VMFA holds one of two existing full body Caligula's for our enjoyment. This brought to life our readings about him in occidat class.
After our journey to the fine arts, we got busy working on the play that is in just two days. But here comes the really exciting part of our day *drumroll please*.
Certagon!!!!!! Once divided into groups of three, we split up into classrooms for some good natured competition. Each group played three rounds with eight questions in each before we continued to the finale. After our competition we all gathered for some words of wisdom. Each of the teachers and RAs answered our burning questions about living a life of classics, and how we could continue to kindle our love for it in a college setting. Now, we are off to pack and prepare for the end of our magical GLA experience.
:( Hannah et Hannah :)
Today was a tiring day of fun and Latin. We started off with the typical classes, followed quickly by a dress rehearsal for Mostellaria. After that, we became togate and prepared for Mercatus. Once we finished preparations, we went to dinner.
Then, it was time for Mercatus. First came a scavenger hunt for the facts we've been filling our province boards with, followed up by judging the boards for province points. Finally, we began to by and sell the products we've been making in arts for the past two and a half weeks. This activity was in full Roman dress and was conducted in only Latin. For a full hour and a half we awakened a dead language and had the time of our lives. From Polaroid pictures with the gladiator Chaddus Maximus to fighting off gators in the back waters of Hispania, there was never a dull moment. Throughout the night, laughs and the shouting of "fur!" [thief!] could be heard echoing throughout the room.
Hot off the heels of Mercatus, we do not yet have the night's pictures. So, in addition to the pictures for tomorrow's trip to The VMFA, we'll upload those late.
It is a day full of lasts here at the Academy. Not only is it our last Tuesday, but we also had our last Latin drill and movie. Not to worry, this week will also be full of firsts. We still have an exciting schedule ahead of us. Before dinner we worked on our province boards for our Mercatus tomorrow! This will be our first full immersion activity in dress and spoken Latin. Not only this, but we are also preparing for the play on Saturday, and for those not involved in the play, video yearbooks.
Today in classes we had some very special activities. In Occidat, we finally finished our research on Agrippina. Now we are all busy creating our presentations on her character. Loquenda brought smiles to all of our faces with the "spectacular" Latin translations of Disney songs, along with practice for our Mercatus. Finally, we concluded our classes with a intellectual look into the connections between in-caustic painting and the conundrum that is circumlitio.
Please enjoy the pictures from the past few events. Hope to see you soon at the play performance, and wishing you well.
:) Hannah and Hannah (:
Today we had our own director, Dr. Bartolo Natoli, come in as a guest lecturer. He gave an engaging presentation on a female Elegiac poet and how she interacted with the norms of both Rome and the Elegiac form itself. After that, we got down to work on integrating all the parts of our play as we look towards our performance at the end of this week. Finally, we ended the day with artes, which allowed us to work on our provincial boards that we will be displaying at Wednesday's Mercatus. Mercatus will be our final full-immersion activity, and we are all certainly looking forward to it.
We'll be sure to upload lots of photos in the coming days of our preparations for Mercatus.
H a H
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Today was another relaxing Sunday with a twist. After the usual morning of sleeping in and playing games (with a healthy side of the Women's World Cup game), we had classes in the afternoon. Following classes and dinner, we watched the movie Black Orpheus, a modern take on the story of Orpheus set in Rio De Janeiro.
Another session of VoluiFolium was convened as we look to our final week that's sure to be the busiest and fastest yet. We'll be sure to keep you updated with all the goings-on.
HJ & HH
It has been an energetic end to the second week of academy. We started off the day as normal with breakfast and classes. Then we proceeded to have some work time. As per usual, we also participated in play practice or video editing for memoranda. However, after that, we started working on Convivium (Roman dinner party). Tonight we had the Roman dinner, and in true Roman fashion, there was entertainment to go with it. Each province had time to create table decorations and a little something to perform in front of the others. These magnificent entertainment pieces ranged from a gladiatorial reenactment to a joke showdown. Of course our Roman dinner would not be complete without our Roman garb in addition to the entertainment. After dinner, all of us here got some time to unwind. We gathered for some karaoke and games before bed.
Here are the pictures from artes yesterday. Pictures from our adventures today will be available soon! Wish us luck as we venture into our final week of academy!
Hope all is well in the outside world. Today we started off the morning with our Latin classes. After that we proceeded to a riveting guest lecture by Dr. Molly Swetnam-Burland on palaces and palace servants. A special thanks to her for coming to share her recent research with us!
Tonight we had another artes session, in which we dyed fabric and made scrolls. We do not have any pictures to upload now, but keep an eye out!
Tomorrow we will be attending a Roman feast in the evening. This will entail not only Roman food, but some entertainment performed by our various provinces. We cannot wait to share all about it tomorrow. Have a good evening everyone!
hannaH dna hannaH
Wishing you a happy 4th of July from all of us here at GLA. Today, we celebrated in our own way, starting with a traditional Roman breakfast of meat, cheese, bread and fruit.
Following that filling Mediterranean breakfast, we went into our Ludi Apollinares. It started with games like sharks and minnows, and a relay race.
After our outdoor games we proceeded inside for some impromptu art and trivia.
After some lunch and a chance to shower we attended our one chance elective classes! These consisted of a range of topics from provincial identities to a coin reading class.
Finally, we ended the day off with a movie thoughtfully explained by Magister Gallagher. Hope that you all's day was as eventful and enjoyable as ours. Please enjoy the picture dump from the last few days' activities.
hannaH and hannaH
This blog will document the MMXIX session of the Virginia Governor's Latin Academy. After elections are held, the aediles will be responsible for its upkeep.
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