gubernatoris latina academia mmxxii
Non Nobis Solum
χαίρετε, ὦ μαθηταί! Hello, students!!
We may call ourselves the Gubernatoris LATINA Academia, but Latin won't be the only language you see in Ashland. Get ready to dive in to Ancient Greek! Practically all of Latin literature has its roots in Ancient Greek, so it will be the focus of our class together. What a Roman thing it is to learn Greek!
The alphabet will be our first step to master: it may seem like a daunting hurdle, but I assure you that after our first class you’ll be reading Greek words like a pro - and you *might* have a new alphabet song stuck in your head. Okay, you definitely will. :)
From there on out, we'll be focusing on stories from Athenian tragedy - the works of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. We'll look at Iphigenia and the fallout from her death - and a (surprisingly) happy alternate ending to her tale. We'll visit Hecuba and see the Greeks through a "Trojan" eye. We'll watch Oedipus as he learns the truly *unique* situation of his family. And we couldn't miss Medea as she looks to take revenge on her husband Jason.
Through these stories - you might call them "dramas" or even "myths" - we will learn the fundamentals of the Ancient Greek language. We'll master pronouncing Greek names like Ἰφιγένεια and Ἀγαμέμνων or Οἰδίπους and Μήδεια. We'll practice talking in Ancient Greek (how cool!) about ourselves and about pictures of our tragic friends. We'll read their stories and retell them together - and learn a bit about Athenian drama along the way!
Nervous about not knowing any Greek yet? Is the only Greek you know part of a formula in math class? Never fear! Most students have not read Ancient Greek before coming to Academy, and it is by no means an expectation. (If you do know some Greek, you'll have fun anyway!) So we'll be learning Greek together, starting at square one!
Διδάσκαλος ᾽Ιέπφερσον / Mr. Jefferson
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.
Contact UsEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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