Today we had a successful round of Latin classes and, after lunch, a very fun-filled and informative surprise visit by Legio XX! They were comprised of men and women who were experts in the Roman and Celtic armies and domestic Roman life. Did you know to make one tunic, it takes 500 hours of spinning wool into yarn? And you still have to clean and prepare the wool beforehand, and then weave it afterwards! We also learned a lot about throwing javelins and marching in a Roman Legion. We even talked to experts on Celtic warriors and learned a lot about their javelins and using shields as weapons. Accounts even describe Celtic javelin heads that had corkscrew spirals and serrated teeth to make them more deadly.
After their visit, we continued to work on mosaics, which we will continue after dinner. Today was packed with information and fun, and we can't wait for more!
Flower Child Kirby Ann tries on Roman armor, and it matches her earrings perfectly!
Example of the corkscrew, serrated javelin head mentioned earlier
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