short version: if you play an instrument (and it is not too inconvenient to bring it to academy), please bring it to academy.
As Magistra Carroll mentioned, Plautus was never far from Shakespeare's mind when he was writing Comedy of Errors. But what do you think was on Plautus' mind when he wrote Menaechmi? While there are possibly infinite hypothetical answers to such a question, I think we can be reasonably sure that Plautus had his audience in mind when he was writing. A play is not a play without on audience. This relationship, between the spectator and the spectacle, between viewer and viewed, is fundamental to theater, particularly Plautine comedy (not to mention all of ancient art). But a play is not an exclusively visual thing. In the ancient world, theater was unique in its capacity to bring together multiple artistic media (textual, visual, musical) simultaneously in the course of a performance.
Which brings me to my point: while we refer to Plautus' plays as "comedies," this generic label is somewhat misleading, or at least in need of some qualification. Simply put, Plautus wrote comedies in the sense that The Book of Mormon is a comedy: music is an integral element of the performance.
Like Plautus, we will try to synthesize as many artistic forms as we can while we produce our play, but what specific artistic contributions will make up our performance remain to be determined by your individual artistic abilities. If you can do it (dance, sing, juggle, paint, summersault), it can probably go somewhere in the play. So please bring your creative self, and whatever instruments are required to express it, to academy.
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