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CAVSA LATET, VIS NOTISSIMA
Introducing Benji :)
ἱερὰ τῶν Ἑλλήνων | sacra Graecorum
Why are we drawn together as people? What makes a community? What is considered outside or other in a community? But most importantly, why do we trust a groundhog to predict the coming winter and spring?
We will be exploring these questions through the ~improved~ course on ancient Greek rituals! We will examine weddings, hero and mystery cults, magic, coming of age celebrations, and many more rituals of the past while also investigating our own traditions. The course willl also require us to look at who is included and excluded in these rituals and whether they occur in public or private life. While studying these rituals, we will examine the myths that supposedly the rituals originate, the archeological evidence, and primary sources as well.
You do not need any prior knowledge about Greek rituals before taking this course, so no need to study up before the summer. Something that you can consider is what are our modern day rituals? What signifies you becoming an adult? What are unique traditions your family takes part in? You can even take it further and examine what our society’s rituals and traditions are. This is just so you get in the right mindset as you begin the course; rituals truly are everywhere if you are willing to look.
If you can believe it we are nearly a month away. The staff is truly stacked this year, so I know you all will have an amazing time. Prepare te ipsum.
This blog will record the deeds and accomplishments of the 2023 Governor's Latin Academy. Once we have officers, the Aediles will chronicle our journey. Until then, the staff will update you on what we are doing to prepare for your arrival in June. We are so excited to meet you and begin, but also there is still so much to do!
We held our annual staff meeting this past weekend via Zoom. Magistra McIntire and I were actually at RMC to clean up our storage closet and tighten up the inventory. Spreadsheets for days!!!!
We discussed our classes, electives, field trips, movies, immersion activities, province groupings, binders, and most importantly, how we can make this experience entirely unforgettable for you.
You will be hearing from other staff members over the next few weeks, and from me a lot more both on the blog and via email. I hope the rest of your school year is productive, so that you can prepare yourself for three amazing weeks of classical civilization and languages.
Curate ut Valeatis,
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