*Magister Gallagher waves hello*
Latina Loquenda! Latin must be spoken! It's the title of my course, as well as my general outlook towards the Latin language. We spend so much time *reading* Latin that sometimes it's easy to forgot that this language was spoken by a diverse range of people over a vast period of time. Not everyone in the Roman world had the same mastery of the Latin language as Ovid (really, perhaps no other individual did, but that's a conversation for another time...). When we think of Latin, we always dwell on the highest caliber authors, not on how a regular ol' pleb might have used the language.
It's my goal to teach you to use Latin as a spoken language. While you already know how to *read* Latin, I'm going to help you produce your own Latin sentences on the fly! Ultimately, you'll be participating in some full-immersion activities where we will only speak in Latin. You'll soon be able to talk about your daily life, the world around you, and the things you are doing IN LATIN. I'll also teach you how to buy and sell things IN LATIN. Are you scared or intimidated by that? You shouldn't be! You already know Latin. I'm just going to help you use what you already know in a new way!
I expect absolutely no experience with spoken Latin before you get here, and I'll teach you everything you need to know from square one. Mistakes are going to happen all the time. You'll mess up, and I'll mess up too. You'll forget words, and I'll forget words too. We'll learn and get better, always trying our best. The important thing is that we communicate with each other. After all, that's the whole purpose of language!
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