gvbernatoris latina academia mmxxiii
CAVSA LATET, VIS NOTISSIMA
Welcome to the last Monday! Today Jackie was up at 5:50 while Ash of course beat his time with a wake up of 3:45. We still don't know how they manage. Especially since they're both so cheerful during the day. Breakfast was uneventful and cold, and outside was hotter than ever. Luckily Haley was a nice refresher and a perfect medium between the two temperatures.
Today was our second to last day of A/B/C classes. The past two weeks have gone by so quickly. At the same time, saying 3 weeks of classes sounds a lot longer than 8 hours per class. In Locutio we prepared for Mercatus with a mini-simulated marketplace, and were given a province cup challenge for a 3 minute group conversation. In Mercatus, we also prepared for Mercatus (hence the name), spending the period researching in provinces and designing our trifold boards. Finally, in Quid Rides?, we analyzed the genre of Nefas (the forbidden), read about Ad Superiores ("punching up"), and broke into small groups to compose original jokes in Latin.
Today's lunch specialty was: a very hot dining hall. It seems as we progress through our three weeks at Academy, every room is polarized to either an oven or a freezer .
Quid fecimus in otio? (what did we do during free time?)
Our students and some of our RAs played a game called Munchkin during otium. Others spent the time to progress their sales in the upcoming Mercatus by making different sorts jewelry. Our group that usually goes to the gym decided to play soccer, and Kevin was working on his tennis skills. Go him. Rin was drawing for her Varietas project, and Reece was toiling on his translations.
After our third to last Varietas & Memoranda, we returned to Haley for a guest lecture on The Good Emperors: Coins and Propaganda presented by Dr. Liane Houghtalin, numismatist and professor of classics at University of Mary Washington. She taught us about the different types of Roman (and Greek) currency throughout the eras, and showed us how to interpret and read shorthand on coins. Then, in provinces, we were given REAL Roman and Greek coins, and used our newly attained "numismatic" (guest writer Reece) skills to read and date them. We didn't ruin a single one "except Reece did lick it" (guest writer Reece "that's a lie" (guest guest writer Reece)).
Sadly, today was our last artes, during which we were able to complete multiple different types of crafts, including more jewelry, weaving, finishing up mosaics, painting, dying clothes and papyrus drawings. "It was a bittersweet end to a four part series of artistic endeavors, making us better classicists along the way." (guest writer Reece) Regardless of that , students enjoyed the chance to make one last mess.
Province Cup update:
Iocum diei (joke of the day):
Why did the shark cross the road?
To get to the other tide.
Today's joke submitted by Magistra Blanks
GLA Out of Context (shorter than usual because today was just so engaging)
"I'm fine being upstaged by a Russian tortoise." - James
"I've been studying Latin and Greek and I can't English anymore." - Noah
"Rome can't feed itself." - Dr. Houghtalin
To no more nights of artes-related dirty keyboards
-Jazz & Noah
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