I love scheming. Furtive actions, machinations, strategic moves... I eat that stuff up. Game of Thrones is totally up my alley. Speaking of, you'll be missing out on that while at Latin Academy. Eheu! Fear not, I'll fill that void with ridiculous things of my own design. Actually, it's not just me doing planning, it's the entire staff of academy. We've been working for months on designing and sculpting your Latin Academy experience. I'm not one to tip my hand early, but I will say that you are in store for shenanigans!
I imagine that you've spent the past few weeks (or perhaps even longer) thinking about, nay, fantasizing about what Latin Academy will be like. We are about to assemble a group of 45 of the most talented, enthusiastic, and eager Latin students from across the state, a modern-day group of Argonauts, if you will. At the helm of this metaphorical ship, we have an incredibly passionate group of teachers and RAs who want to spend the entire summer nerding out with you about Latin, Greek, history, and mythology. Not even the prophetic Oracle of Delphi knows everything that will unfold in the following three weeks when these two groups collide.
I want you to get hyped. I wanted you to get pumped. I want you to get excited. I want you to giggle over that rising tricolon. I want you to then consider if it’s actually a tricolon if the author continues to use that same format in a very rhetorical or ‘meta’ fashion to describe the very nature of the tricolon itself. Whoa, we got kind of deep there for a second…
Prepare yourself, Latin Academy is coming. There will be a dragon (sorry, I only have one), competitions between “families,” feasting, games, movies, prizes, celebrations of knowledge, songs, dancing, elaborate costumes, speeches, and who knows what else! You are about to undertake a potentially life-changing journey. Get your affairs in order, put those finishes touches on your costumes, blast your favorite music, read some Homer under a waterfall…do whatever you need to do to get in the mood for Latin Academy! I’ll be waiting for you, and I can’t wait for our games to begin!
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