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Today we sacrificed Matthew and Kevin. Stay tuned for more on that later.
Jackie surprised us today by renewing his spot on our "Morning Birds" with the wake up time of 4:15. Sadly Ash decided to wake up at a normal time today. A shame, really.
Though it's Saturday we still got to enjoy a fantastic day of α/β/γ classes. In Διονὐσια (The Great Dionysia) we competed to complete a vocab-review crossword, and then read a simplified version of Iphegenia, which is extremely impressive considering we've only had 3 classes of Ancient Greek so far. In Pictura Romana, our focus was on Late Classical Greek Painting. We learned about the encaustic painting of marble sculpture, read the anecdote of Nicias and Praxiteles, and discussed the definition of the word 'circumlitio'. As seemed to be a theme for the day, in ἱερἁ (Ancient Greek rituals) we studied the theorized purposes of sacrifices in the ancient world, and examples of them, such as a sacrifice to purify a community involving strapping wings on a criminal and forcing them to jump off a cliff (don't worry - there were boats to rescue and then expel them).
Quid fecimus in otio? (what did we do during free time?)
Absolutely nothing. (:
Nah, we're messin'. Students played a game called Seven Wonders. A really complex board game that no one seems to ever finish. And others focused back on a game during ἱερἁ for province points! The friendship bracelet making has spread far and wide! It's no shock to caught multiple students making these crafts around the academy.
After a relatively relaxing otium, we were visited by three very talented members of Legio XX to educate us about different aspects of Roman life. In province groups, we rotated through three stations, first by a "legionare" who has been crafting and using Roman armor and weaponry for decades. We not only got to learn about them, but try on armor and wield the weapons (in a low-risk way, we promise). Next, a professor of classical roman medicine at UMBC educated us about the life and tools of doctors in the Roman Empire, and performed a simulated arrow removal. That demo jelly has been through a lot. Finally, we learned about the production of Roman clothing, the different types of fabrics and how they were harvested, and even got to spin wool into yarn.
After the visit from Legio XX concluded, students began preparing for tonight's thermopolium and changed into togas for dinner. We all remember how that goes. Many were waddlingly up the stairs, tripping over their clothes and being the stars of tonight. (We love the staff for all their compliments) The Thermopolium began with the entrance of the Optimates, and a sacrifice of Gabriel's stuffed shark to Neptune. As the middle class provinces- Hispania, Africa, Asia, worked on decorating their food stands, the upper-classes (Achaea, Italia, Aegyptus) spied on the poor and create client/patron relationships. The lower classes, Britannia, Gallia, Germania, used their hidden talents to convince the rich to give them denarii (Money). Ranging from music, sabotage, and palm readings, even low on money; they didn't fail to earn a living. Unfortunately most stands experienced FURS! (Thieves). In response to their devious crimes, they had 'fur' painted brightly across their face, warning other stand owners of their heinous past. Here students had to use all the speaking skills we've been working on during this past week. After a week of preparations in Locutio, we passed our first immersion activity with flying colors, and while all of us were nervous going into it, we were impressed with how well we could converse in Latin.
After a successful hour, the following prizes were awarded:
Best Latin - Aegyptus
Best Storefront - Asia
Best Hustle - Hispania
Best Ads - Africa
Best Vibes - Britannia
Most Hilarious Moment - Gallia
Most Money - Africa
Least Money - Italia
Current Province Cup Top 3:
Italia - 43
Hispania - 38
Britannia - 36
But who would we be without our games? Our Tribunes set up a large game of Mafia where our first to be killed we're Matthew and Kevin...our medics. The civilians won by defeat due to the narrator's slacking off. But, victory is victory.
Iocum diei (joke of the day):
How many Drum majors does it take to fix a lightbulb?
A: No one knows. There's never anyone watching.
Today's joke submitted by Jazz
GLA Out of Context
"Musica Chairses." - Matthew
"There's four of them, they're a gang!" - Hyun
"Lay on the sacrificial table, Kevin!" - Hyun
"This is so devastating, people just keep on dying." - Hyun
"If they want to, great, but if they don't want to, we aren't going to force people to be stabbed on the table." - Jams
"Okay, that's the last of the old dead white people." - Magistra Blanks
"I told you she's a kleptomaniac!" - Rex
-Jazz & Noah
P.S. Most of the pictures were in the wrong format and couldn't be uploaded but will be shortly.
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