When in Rome, do as the Romans do. That quote gets thrown around so frequently that it perhaps has lost some of its meaning. What was it that the Romans did? Please vote on your smartphones now! Our Romans friends spoke Latin, obviously, and so will you!
I'm Magister Gallagher, and I'll be teaching the spoken Latin course this summer. I've decided to call it Latina Loquenda! Latin must be spoken! Every Roman from pleb to patrician spoke Latin on a daily basis, and I'm confidant that by the end of Latin Academy, you will be able to as well. While spoken Latin is rarely emphasized in the high school classroom, we embrace it at Latin Academy. No previous spoken Latin experience is necessary, and I'll teach you everything you need to know from square one!
While the class will begin with simple phrases and basic greetings, by the end of the course, you will be able to communicate in Latin for a prolonged period of time. I don't want to spoil some of the surprises that are to come quite yet, but I will say that Latin Academy has multiple full-immersion activities where everyone will be speaking Latin and only Latin! Well, occassionally, some Greek might slip out, but I suppose that's fine too... Prepare to use Latin in some unique and unusual ways! Soon you'll be asking questions like, "Quomodo dicitur hot dog?"
Spoken Latin teacher and total nerd
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