Salvete! In the face of all these incredible classes and unique opportunities offered at academy, I just wanted to remind you all that you each belong at academy. You have all proven to be some of the best and brightest classical scholars in Virginia ab initio, especially among your peers. If you are stressed and overwhelmed by all the information flooding in, don't be! Not only will you have plenty of resources (including me!), you are also already well prepared because of your experience with the language thus far. Additionally, you all are bringing your interests outside of the language, such as Greco-Roman cultural and historical studies; this means you can learn both from your teachers and peers- mehercule!
Ante omnia, unburden yourself by bringing the most essential of essentials- an open mind. It is okay to feel nervous, homesick, and tired. Accept the initial discomfort you feel and realize that the other 44 students at the academy are feeling a lot of the same emotions that you are (cor ad cor loquitur!). I found that sharing about my difficulties helped deepen friendships at academy. This is to say that you are definitely still going to have a lot of fun through all that you learn. This post is geared more towards how you should try and prepare for GLA mentally rather than just another packing list.
Naturally, I look forward to meeting and getting to know each of you in a little over a week (after I finish binge watching Planet Earth II and Grace & Frankie).
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