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
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