Below is a course description for the class I will be teaching this summer followed by a somewhat more personal note. I will post again soon about music for the play (spoiler: if you're a musician, please bring an instrument).
This course compares the artistic practice of statue painting in classical antiquity with the reception of Greek and Roman sculpture since the Renaissance. The course begins with an introduction to ancient sculpture and painting before turning to the invention of the "white marble aesthetic" in Renaissance Italy, and continues with the consideration of how ideas about antiquity and artistic trends in the 18th, 19th, 20th, and even 21st centuries influenced contemporary conceptions of the coloration of classical sculpture. The title of the course comes from Book 35 of the Natural History, where Pliny the Elder records that the preeminent Greek sculptor Praxiteles preferred, of all his own marble statues, the ones that the famous artist Nicias had painted: so much Praxiteles valued Nicias' circumlitio. The meaning of circumlitio has been debated since the Renaissance, and our ultimate objective will be to determine how post-classical ideas about the original appearance of classical sculpture have influenced translations of the term.
I realize that ancient art history may be entirely new to many of you and I will not assume that you have prior knowledge of any of these topics. Fortunately, Magistra Gosheh is teaching an excellent course that is also about ancient (specifically Hellenistic) art so you will have plenty of exposure to the visual and material culture of the ancient world from a variety of perspectives. Also, we will go to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts at the end of the first week, where, in addition to the many wonderful exhibits, we will have the opportunity to examine a Roman marble statue of the emperor Caligula that retains traces of its original paint layer.
I am looking forward to getting to know and sharing this course with each of you over the three weeks of Latin Academy.
We have already received several questions about the dress code of academy, so we are going to try and answer them in this post, so everyone has the same information. We are not going to repeat the dress code word for word here; DOE's policy is in the packet that you are currently reviewing. Please pay attention to the guidelines set forth therein. As with most rules, however, the question is not what they are, but how they will be enforced.
Here is what we want the dress code to accomplish:
1. Distinguish academy from a camp
2. Create academic environment
3. Show respect to lecturers visiting from universities
4. Create a learning community that respects each other's boundaries without imposing them on each other
To accomplish this, we began to move away from talking ab0ut what we don't want to see, and instead reframe it as a discussion about what we do want to see. The easiest way to describe this is by saying that business casual is the expectation for classes and lectures. What is business casual? Business casual is what you would wear to a summer internship in a laidback tech company- basic professionalism with comfort and your personal style in mind.
What is Business Casual Not?
So, if you are wearing anything similar to the pictures directly above to classes or a lecture, you will be asked to return to the dorm and change.
Not because there is anything intrinsically wrong with these clothes or with someone wearing them, but because they do not fit the environment we are striving for.
We will get messy in other activities- clay, paint, plaster, and glue are regular features. So, bring some things you can get dirty. We will go to the gym, so bring gym clothes. The gym has a pool- bring a swimsuit. We will even have a party, so bring at least one party outfit.
In the long run, the dress code helps set the tone of the academy; you are the academy. We want you to be comfortable, express yourselves, feel safe, and be valued as member of the GLA community.
You are welcome. You are enough. You matter.
The staff of the MMXVIII Governor's Latin Academy met over the weekend and we are so excited about the classes, films, speakers, field trips, workshops, immersion activities, and even some new surprises that are in store for this session of GLA. There is a great deal of paperwork in your immediate future, but please be as thoughtful as you can when filling out the participant survey. It helps us when planning everything from groupings to projects. Also, please adhere to the deadline of May 20 and let me know if you have any questions or will be late. We have a saying at the Latin Academy, "Early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable." This applies to paperwork. :)
Please use this website as a resource for how to prepare for academy. The side tab of this blog has a lot of links to help you make your packing lists and to construct your Roman garb. Also, the rest of the staff will be posting prior to academy. We hope this allows you to begin to get to know us even before you arrive.
This blog will document the MMXVIII 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. Athenaze, Book I
b. From Alpha to Omega
c. Alpha is for Anthropos
d. 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