as promised, here is the link to the final pdf of the slideshow for oderint dum metuant:
here is a curated slideshow for more on the Domus Aurea itself:
and finally, here is a slideshow, organized by room, of all the visual evidence from the Domus Aurea:
Thank you for everything.
Classes are finished, the play has been performed, the final banquet has been enjoyed, and we are all preparing for the RITUS TERMINALIS tomorrow. In anticipation of our return to technology and cell phones, the Memoranda team would like to share the pictures that we have taken, collected, and organized during our time here at RMC. Feel free to download these pictures and add to your collections and social media! Thanks to all our photographers, Google Drivers, and iMovie-ers!
You can access the entire Google Drive by visiting this link:
Your DVDs will be made soon and will hopefully arrive at your doorstep in no time!
- Magister Jefferson
Today was our last day of Latin classes :(. In Loquenda groups or individuals presented skits, songs or other forms of tantum Latine entertainment. In de Scelere, we read the final lines of Thyestes and discussed the play as a whole. In oderint we looked at more paintings of sculptures in progress. Everyone enjoyed their classes, and wish that Latin class during the school year could be this fun.
After lunch, we ventured to the gym for the last time. Then, we went to either Memoranda or play practice. The Memoranda team is working furiously to finish all of the memory videos, including the presentation on Sunday. The play held another rehearsal in the auditorium, where everything continued to run smoothly. Another rehearsal, this time a very successful dress rehearsal for students and staff, was held after dinner! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it, and we can't wait for you to see it tomorrow! We trudged back to our dorms after this to begin packing our belongings :(. We had our final epistulae, and are all stoked for the play tomorrow!
- Caroline and Britney
This letter contains important information about your arrival at Randolph-Macon College on Sunday, July 16, 2017 to pick up your student from the Governor's Latin Academy. Here is the schedule:
Please do your best to adhere to the above schedule. If something happens on the drive down, please call me at 8044961589.
Remember that students should not be in possession of cell phones until after the Closing Ceremony. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Finally, I hope to see you at the play tomorrow in Blackwell Auditorium and at the reception afterwards.
Cura ut valeas,
Princeps, GLA MMXVII
Tomorrow at 2:00 PM our students will put on the one and only performance of the play Miles Gloriosus. They've been working very hard over the past three weeks and you're in for a treat! A few reminders:
Enjoy the show!
Magistra Carroll and Magister Cavedo
Today, we had our final field trip of the Governor's Latin Academy to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts! After a brief bus trip, we began with a quick tour of galleries containing art related to what we have been studying these past weeks in our art classes. The tour concluded and each province then began to work on a scavenger hunt. This hunt was tantum Latine, and took us through several regions: Asia, Africa, and Pre-Columbian North America. After a delightful lunch from the museum's cafe, we were allowed to explore the museum in groups of three. Unfortunately, we had to leave all too soon in order to fit in all of today's activities.
When we returned to campus, we had a brief quaestio period, after which people went to either Memoranda or play practice. The Memoranda team continued to make progress on their work, and the newspaper team readied their second edition. The play had its first practice in the auditorium; yet another successful run-through with costumes and music! The only things left to add are the set backdrops which the set design group has been working hard on for weeks!
After dinner, everyone gathered in Fox Hall for a GLA twist on certamen, known as Certagon. Each group of three students competed with two other groups, and this went on for three rounds. Each round consists of 8 questions related to things we've learned here at Academy. For the grand finale, we gathered in the theater where the top 3 teams competed to be the champion, congratulations, Erynies!
With Certagon having been concluded, we had a discussion about studying classics in college and beyond. Our teachers and RAs thoughtfully answered our questions and gave us some insight on studying classics and using it beyond school. While we had a fun, eventful day, we are excited (and sad at the same time) about having our LAST day of Latin classes tomorrow.
- Britney and Caroline
We apologize for not having a post up yesterday, we were busy at work putting the finishing touches on our Mercatus projects! Yesterday, we had classes and had our first dress rehearsal for our play! It went very well, and we are ecstatic about our final performance coming up this Saturday at 2pm. Again, we hope to see many of you all there!
Today, we had our second-to-last day of Greek classes :(, during which we looked at Rococo art, reviewed vocabulary in Greek, and had a general question-and-answer session about Roman life in Mores. Prandium was had, and we then gathered for our last guest speaker, Dr. Liane Houghtalin. Dr. Houghtalin presented the various types of Ancient Roman coinage, and we even got to handle some! Each province was able to examine coins and analyze the meanings of the Latin or Greek abbreviations as well as the images depicted on the coins. This exercise was especially relevant, as we would be handling our own "Roman coins" later on during Mercatus.
Our Mercatus project finally came to a close today. Before dinner, we set up our market stalls, and evaluated all of the provinces on their quality of information. We eagerly sped through dinner, as we had to dress in our Roman garb in preparation for the full-immersion experience that is Mercatus. Anxiously, we all gathered in the multipurpose room and began muttering Latin, trying to get by with a few simple words. However, we soon grew very confident with our skills and spoke with ease. Every one of us was shocked at how much Latin we were speaking; it got easier and easier as the night went on. The goods we had been working on for the past three weeks were being sold, and we were all learning so much about each province. This exercise showed us all that we definitely know more than we think we do! We also acquired some pretty cool things in the process that were made by our friends. All too soon, the market came to a close and we resumed speaking English in a brief debrief. It was made very apparent that we all enjoyed and learned much from this activity. Tomorrow, we are looking forward to taking a trip to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to finally get a view of several pieces we have been thoroughly analyzing in our classes!
- Caroline and Britney
Today began like most other days: breakfast and classes. In Mores, we learned about the client system and wrote about our persona connections. We learned about Baroque-style Hellenistic art in Hellenistic Art. Also, we learned the imperfect tense in Greek. Then, we ate a fantastic lunch and went back to Andrews for our guest lecture. Dr. John Miller from UVa spoke to us about Ovid. During his lecture, we read some of Ars Amortia and discussed what Ovid was mocking.
Afterwards, we went to play practice and Memoranda. The play practiced with the musicians again. We can't wait to see you at 2 p.m. in Blackwell theater on Saturday for our final performance! The Memoranda team is hard at work on their presentation for the closing ceremony on Sunday.
Before dinner, students had the option to either go to the gym for some structured free time or they could stay behind and work on their Mercatus projects. We continued working on these after dinner, and are getting very hype for the conclusion of this project on Wednesday.
Currently, we are relaxing in the multipurpose room after another epistulae distribution and eagerly anticipating tomorrow's activities.
- Britney and Caroline
After a morning filled with sleeping in and the stress of communal laundry, we convened at Estes for lunch and officially started our day. Our first activity was quaestio, where we worked on a self-assesment and took turns using the computers. Afterwards, we got to go to an elective class!
The electives were taught by the RAs as well as Magister Jefferson and Magistra Ghosheh. Sallie taught a class on the Gospels as Greco-Roman biographies. A class on ancient engineering was taught by Rob. Kelly delved into linguistics. Magistra Ghosheh presented a class about archaeology. Lastly, Magister Jefferson held a class about mythology and rites. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their class of choice.
Next, we worked either on Memoranda or on the play. The Memoranda team continued to make progress on their large project. As for the play, it is coming along very nicely. Music was added today, and the run-through was a huge success. We then proceeded to dinner and, afterwards, headed to the theater to see Black Orpheus.
This movie, even though it was entirely in Portuguese, was still incredibly engaging. It started out very slow and then grew very fast-paced. We all made many connections to the actual myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Following the movie, we all headed to the fountain to participate in Volifolium once again. However, this time the mood was much more somber as we are beginning our final week at Academy. :( We are all looking forward to resuming classes tomorrow and making the most of our last week together!
- Caroline and Britney
Salvete omnes! We apologize for not having a post up yesterday, we got home very late after an eventful day. Yesterday was a pretty normal day until post cenam, from which we departed from the campus and headed for Agecroft Hall. We were fortunate as we got to see the opening performance of Macbeth! We all thoroughly enjoyed the show, and we were able to observe techniques that gave us ideas for our own performance.
Today, we had our usual classes in which we learned about the artwork of the Domus Aurea, read about more details on Atreus's evil plans, and learned the basic lingo that is used in a marketplace setting. After lunch, we had a wonderful guest speaker, Dr. Erika Damer. Dr. Damer spoke about Roman graffiti and how it is discovered, translated, and how it can be easily accessible to many. In fact, if you would like to check this out, you can go to ancientgraffiti.org . All of us were captivated by Dr. Damer's great lecture. After this, we split up and did play practice and Memoranda. Everything went well, and the actors/actresses did a great job being off-book for the first time!
Later in the evening, we all gathered in our provinces to prepare for convivium. We made centerpieces, nametags, came up with skits to perform while everyone ate, and finally dressed up in our best Roman attire. The dinner party was fantastic, we all sat in our provinces and dined while other provinces performed their creative skits to everyone. A fun time was had by all, and more was to be had a bit later during nugae!
During our second nugae, we played charades, a game called mafia, and played duck-duck-goose. We all had a blast, and then prepared for epistulae, which we didn't get to have last night since we got back so late. We ended the day delighted to hear from our loved ones and we cannot wait to sleep in tomorrow morning!
- Britney and Caroline
This blog will document the MMXVII session of the Virginia Governor's Latin Academy. After elections are held, the aediles will be responsible for its upkeep.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice Phone: (804) 496-1589
c/o Governor's Latin Academy
P.O. Box 5005
Ashland, VA 23005
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
Censors: Xavier W. and Frances H.
Consuls: Hannah K. and Sayeed A.
Praetor: Jake B. and Claire M.
Aedile: Britney P. and Caroline M. (that’s us!)
Tribune: Ana S. and Min Jae K.
Quaestor: Anna L. and Charlie M-B