χαίρετε, ὦ μαθηταί! Greetings, o students!
We may call ourselves the Gubernatoris Latina Academia Virginiae, but Latin won't be the only language you see in Ashland. Get ready to dive in to Ancient Greek! Following the examples of great Romans such as Cicero, Vergil, Augustus, and Marcus Aurelius, together we will learn to read and love the language of the Ancient Greeks!
The alphabet will be our first step to master: it may seem like a daunting hurdle, but I assure you that after our first day you’ll be reading Greek words like a pro - and you might have a new alphabet song stuck in your head. Our exploration will then blossom into nouns, verbs, adjectives, and the like. We will aim to read sentences and short stories - and even write some Greek ourselves!
The name of our Ancient Greek course, ἔπε᾽ ἄγαν ("words in excess"), is a play on our theme for Academy: μηδὲν ἄγαν ("nothing in excess"). The vocabulary of Ancient Greek is broad, and the forms are numerous. (Need I mention that Greek has not six, but SEVEN tenses? And THREE voices?) But we only have three weeks together, so we'll choose to focus on a sliver of all the Greek there is to learn. After all, even though Greek has words in excess, we must stay true to our theme and have nothing in excess!
But our title ἔπε᾽ ᾽άγαν will have another meaning for us. The Greeks used the word ἔπος to refer to both a "word" that you speak and a literary genre: epic poetry. And in the spirit of epic poetry, we will embark upon reading some of Homer's Iliad in the original Greek. As much fun as conjugations and declensions might be, I find that the most rewarding part of learning a language is to read from real authors!
This may all sound like a lot, but in the end you will find you have a greater familiarity with Ancient Greek. Ultimately our experience will bring new meaning to the phrase “It’s all Greek to me!”
- Magister Jefferson
This blog will document the MMXVI session of the Virginia Governor's Latin Academy. After elections are held, the aediles will be responsible for its upkeep.
Download these and use them to help with packing:
GLA Clothing Checklist
GLA Essentials Checklist
GLA School Supplies & Optional Checklist
Again, these are not required and I would only get one from each category, if any.
a. Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiency
b. Cassell's Concise Latin-English, English-Latin Dictionary
c. Collins Latin Concise Dictionary
a. Homeric Greek: A Book for Beginners
b. Liddell and Scott's Greek-English Lexicon Abridged
c. Pocket Oxford Classical Greek Dictionary
Daily Life Books
a. Everyday Life in Ancient Rome
b. Peoples of the Roman World
c. A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome
d. Daily Life in the Roman City
You will need Roman clothing for several of our activities. You might not always have much time between these events, so you might want to bring more than one outfit.
An Overview I & II
Simple Tunica, Stola, and Palla Patterns
Legio XX's Civilian Clothing
Another Simple Dress Pattern
Simple Tunic and Toga Patterns
Legio XX's Military Clothing
Officers of the Academy
Consules: Mitch and Graham
Censores: Liz and Blake
Praetores: Bryant and Elizabeth Ne
Aediles: Kathryn and Anshu
Tribunes: Kirby Ann and Will
Quaestores: Analise and Ben G