χαίρετε, ὦ μαθηταί! Greetings, dear students!
We may call ourselves the Gubernatoris Latina Academia Virginiae, but Latin won't be the only language you see in Ashland. Get ready to dive in to Ancient Greek! Following the examples of great Romans such as Cicero, Vergil, Augustus, and Marcus Aurelius, we will learn to read and love the language of the Ancient Greeks!
The alphabet will be our first step to master: it may seem like a daunting hurdle, but I assure you that after our first day you’ll be reading Greek words like a pro - and you *might* have a new alphabet song stuck in your head. Okay, you definitely will. Our exploration will blossom into nouns, verbs, adjectives, and the like. We will aim to read short stories and some sentences - and even write in Greek ourselves!
I have always found that the most rewarding part of learning ancient languages is getting to read authors in their original words - and the skills you pick up in Greek class will help you to do just that. We'll be looking at authors who talk about traveling and seeing new places - including Homer, Herodotus, Strabo, and Pausanias. By the way, have you ever seen maps based on the ancient geographers' descriptions of the world? Check out this one by my buddy Strabo:
And as you know by now, we'll all be exploring provinces of the Roman Empire during Academy. You and your province-mates will have a chance to read some Strabo - in his original Greek words - and learn something special about your province.
This may all sound like a lot, but in the end you will find you have a greater familiarity with Ancient Greek. Soon you'll stop saying "it's all Greek to me" and start saying "ἐμοὶ πάντα τὰ Ἡλληνικά." Get ready for our journey through Ancient Greek!
- Magister Jefferson // Διδάσκαλος Ἰέπφερσον
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