gubernatoris latina academia mmxxii
Non Nobis Solum
Yesterday we finally approached the long-awaited Mercatus Traiani, named after the largest building in Rome (for a long period of time), built by Emperor Trajan to act as a "shopping mall" of sorts. We made poster boards throughout our Mercatus Class, and any free time we had yesterday was used to finalize these presentations about the culture, geography, and important achievements of our provinces. We set the boards up around MPR, gathered our money and wits, and prepared to buy and sell various goods we made and were given throughout our time at Academy. Mercatus was a great success, though it was a Latin-only event (which we originally approached with much trepidation), we found that we had picked up more Loquenda skills in our three weeks here than we had imagined was possible. It also resulted in some major leaps in the province cup, which still remains as a close race up until the end.
This morning, rather than going to classes as usual, we boarded the buses and ventured to the VMFA in Richmond. We had a series of activities offered to us during the trip: a scavenger hunt and two guided tours which took us around classical and Renaissance art, all of which included Greco-Roman motifs which we have discussed at length. We then convened in the cafeteria for some lunch before heading out on our own to explore the vast range of artwork that was available on display at these exhibitions, not just from the classical period but also including numerous cultures and time periods. Upon returning back to the Randolph-Macon campus we dispersed for a fifteen-minute break before regrouping in our various afternoon activities, most of us either working on our quickly approaching (!!!) play or putting together the various video compilations for Memoranda.
Post-dinner we walked over to Fox Hall to participate in a game of Certagon, wherein we were split into teams and answered questions pertaining to our classes and experiences over the course of Academy. Once the first few rounds were over, we reconvened in Brock for our championship round, which included the bending of many rules, but that only made the game more enjoyable. Additionally, we ended the day with a wonderful opportunity presented to us by the entire GLA staff, as they presented to us their experiences working and learning in Classics. It was clarifying and gratifying to learn that there was a future for us Latin nerds, after all.
Signing off, your aediles,
Ananya and Mercury
This blog will document the MMXXII session of the Virginia Governor's Latin Academy. After elections are held, the aediles will be responsible for its upkeep.
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Office Phone: (804) 496-1539
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
Simple Tunic and Toga Patterns
Legio XX's Military Clothing