How do we know about the past? How reliable is the evidence we use to construct knowledge of history? How does your perspective affect your interpretation of the past? These are the questions we will be investigating in my class this summer. IB students, can you tell I’m a TOK teacher? :)
To attempt to answer these questions, we will be researching Agrippina the Younger, one of the most notorious women in Roman history. As a member of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, she was the sister of Caligula, wife of Claudius, and mother of Nero. Our primary sources tell us that she was intelligent, manipulative, murderous, and power-hungry. But how much of that can we believe? Did the historians portray her negatively because she challenged the gender roles of the time? Or are we in our postmodern society biased to view her as a strong woman in power? By reading selections of Tacitus and Suetonius in Latin and Cassius Dio in translation, you will construct your interpretation of who Agrippina was and the role she played in the events of the time.
If you have not studied the Julio-Claudians in school, I would recommend doing some reading about them before Academy begins. They are a very complicated and fascinating family! I will include a brief overview, but you may feel more comfortable if you come in with some base knowledge. I also recommend watching Wild, Wild Country on Netflix, not only because it’s an amazing docuseries, but because I think there are some interesting parallels that I won’t be able to stop myself from talking about and I don’t want to spoil it for you!
I look forward to meeting you in a few weeks!
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