My name is Tory, and I am one of your RA’s this year at the GUBERNATORIS LATINA ACADEMIA! Living in a college dorm may be a new experience for you, but NOLI TIMERE! We RA’s are here to make your life in the dorms as easy and enjoyable as possible, starting with a few suggestions for what to bring to make your dorm feel like home for our three weeks together.
You may have noticed that our theme this year is nihil nimis, nothing in excess. While you will find that this theme applies to many things, we don’t mean to discourage you from bringing anything from home that will help you navigate and enjoy your time here. Below are just a few things that you may not have thought of.
1. Bring things to enjoy with your roommates
We will spend a lot of time in the dorm, and some of the time will be otium, or free time. Doing homework together is a good way to bond, but consider bringing your favorite game or musical instrument from home to pass the time!
2. Bring something to make your room your own
You will learn and embrace new and exciting things at academy, but it is also fun to share your at-home identity with your new friends. I like to bring lots of pictures of my cat, and my favorite warm blanket from home. (There’s another mini-suggestion—it will be plenty hot outside, but the classrooms and dorms tend to be a bit cold. You’ll want a sweatshirt and maybe a blanket--sine dubio!)
3. Bring anything and everything that shows off your Latin nerdiness
You and your roommate may share a secret love for ablative absolutes that only your favorite Latin grammar reference could bring to light. Make sure to bring lots of Latin things that you can share and wear during our time together--you will NOT be alone.
Happy packing, and I can’t wait to see you all very soon!!
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