As I was a student at GLA, I can firmly say that I love academy more than Narcissus loved himself. I thought it may be helpful to compile a list of non-essentials as well as tips in preparing for one of the most unique experiences of your life. Most of these aren’t required of you, however, hopefully they will prep many of you to get in the right mindset as academy rapidly approaches. Some belongings you may wish to have at your disposal:
Although you aren’t expected to know much about the various classes you will take, brushing up on some Latin grammar and vocabulary is not a bad idea. Additionally, if you have never learned scansion, it may be a good idea to try and understand the basics so that you won’t feel overwhelmed when it’s presented in some of your classes. Many of you will also have a roommate for the first time at academy, so I encourage you to be both patient and openminded as you will be living with her/him for three weeks!
Academy is roughly a month away which may be extremely exciting or terrifying. Regardless, I hope that you all enter academy with an open mind, ready to learn! We're not lying when we say that this will be an incredible experience that you may look back on and think, “O TEMPORA! O MORES!” as long as you are willing to enjoy the experience. *mic drop*
- Sallie Blanks, RA
P.S. I’ve included a photo to hint at one of my favorite academy excursions. Sorry for the glaring filter- that was a thing a couple years ago. Mistakes were made.
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