Word roots, rock operas, and zombies: Links for October 30

Psyche: a Rock Opera is having its world premier in LA.

Inventive gifs displaying Latin and Greek word roots.

A new translation of Marcus Sidonius Falx’s “Roman Guide to Slave Management.”

The Magistrula website (great resource! see my post on it here) has a new NLE Zombie game.

An interesting and beautiful language tree, but where’s Latin?

Report from Erin Finn on her travels to Italy

Today’s Feature Article comes from Erin Finn, the recipient of the Thomas and Eleanor Means Fund, which allowed her to travel to Italy. If you are interested in this grant, please check it out here.

Italy. A place I imagined I would never get to in my lifetime, until this past April. I was fortunate enough to receive the chance to travel to Rome, Sorrento, and Vatican City for a week with my Latin class. The whole trip was quite a surreal experience. Even as I was staring out of the airplane as we landed in Italy, I could hardly comprehend that I was in another country, let alone one that was in Europe and where not everyone was fluent in the English language. That was probably the first culture shock that I had. I had this impression that I would somehow be able to communicate easily with the Italian people, which did not turn out as well as I hoped. My friends and I deciphered lunch menus, communicated with gestures (a lot of pointing), and tried our best at basic Italian. Probably one of the bErin Finnest moments I had was when I thanked a waiter for my food, he replied saying you’re welcome (in Italian of course) and then I had one of those gut reactions and accidentally “you’re welcome” slipped out of my mouth (in Italian). It became funny instantaneously as he began laughing and then my friends and I began to laugh as well. The next shock for me came from traveling to see sights that I have only viewed in books or on the internet through a picture. Pompeii, Herculaneum, Colosseum, Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Ostia Antica, Naples, Mt. Vesuvius, Catacombs of St. Sebastian, even just everyday Italian life. I still cannot fully process that I stood in the Colosseum where gladiatorial battles took place or the Vatican, where countless Popes have been in power. The Vatican, for me, was an unreal experience in itself because, as the center of my faith, it almost felt like a pilgrimage. I saw the stories of what I personally believe and discovered some hidden beauties of artwork that weren’t even the typical tourist sights in the Vatican, like the Sistine Chapel or St. Peter’s Basilica. My friends and I joked around the entire day that Pope Francis would come out specifically to take a picture with all of us. Unfortunately, that did not happen.

Pizza and pasta are not the same anymore. However, I have come to accept that Italian food and American food are two completely different things and although I can’t order my pizza and pasta all the way from Italy, I still thoroughly enjoy eating these back home. My best food experience in Italy would have to be the 3 courses that were given to us each night for dinner. The first night I was in Sorrento I did not realize that we would be receiving 3 courses of food. So, when the waiter came around with more pasta, asking any of us if we wanted more, I said yes, regretting it later when I was quite stuffed. After I learned from that mistake, the three course dinners were another highlight of the trip. For some reason, it made dinner more exciting, but I always felt satisfyingly full, not stuffed. I would constantly wonder what the next course would be.

There are way too many memories for me to write down on paper, sadly. I hope from the things I shared you can get a sense of how enjoyable and unforgettable my trip to Italy was. If I was to give one piece of advice to anyone reading this who was unsure of traveling to another country it would be “don’t let anything hold you back”. For a while it was unclear if I would be able to go to Italy. Before this, I had only flown once, on a short flight from Hartford to Indianapolis. That was the November before I went to Italy in the spring. I’m not great with heights and turbulence (not that anyone is great with turbulence), so just imagine me on a seven to eight hour flight across the ocean to Italy (did I mention I can’t swim well?). You probably get my point. It was not easy for me to force myself to go through security, let alone board the airplane. But I did. And I would not take any of the trip back, even the part where I freaked out three minutes into the flight to Italy because of turbulence. My conclusion to this is that you should not let anything hold you back from creating memories of an experience in another country that will last forever. Go out on a limb and push yourself to see the landmarks you want to see, eat the food you have always wanted to try, and attempt to communicate with someone in a language you do not speak.

I would like to thank the CANE Scholarship Committee for helping to provide me with some funds to help me to have this life-changing experience in Italy. If I could relive every moment, I would. Safe travels, Erin

Announcements for 26 October


  • Deadline December 1: We are accepting proposals for papers and workshops at the 2015 Annual Meeting. Please visit here to read the guidelines and submit your proposal electronically. Alternatively, you can mail your one-page (300 word) abstract to:

CANE PresidentElizabeth Keitel
Department of Classics
524 Herter Hall, University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003.

  • Deadline December 1: If you have a great idea for a class activity but need funds for books and/or materials, please apply for the quadriannual CANE Discretionary Funds!  For more information on this or other grants/scholarships that CANE offers, visit this page.
  • Deadline December 1: The Alison Barker Travel Scholarship (http://caneweb.org/BarkerScholApp.pdf) is offered annually to undergraduates wishing to participate in educationally-enriching travel abroad.
  • Deadline December 1: The Thomas and Eleanor Means Fund (http://caneweb.org/MeansScholApp.pdf) is granted to middle- and secondary-school students who wish to travel abroad for educational purposes.
  • Deadline December 15: It’s time to start thinking about this year’s CANE Writing Contest!




  • Check out these updates from ASCANIUS.
  • The Yale University Art Gallery has recently renovated its ancient art galleries, and there is a great special exhibit entitled “Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of the Empire” running now through February 4th.
  • There’s an exhibit in Quincy Market in Boston that includes Lego reconstructions of a Greek vase and classical statuary through January 11.


  • New York University’s Center for Ancient Studies will be hosting the Rose-Marie Lewent Conference on “WarStories:  Ancient and Modern Narratives of War” on Tuesday, November 11th, at 5:30 pm at NYU’s Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science, 100 Washington Square East.  The event will be free and open to the public; a full program can be found here.


  • Live in western MA or northern CT and want to practice speaking in Latin? There is a large group that meets weekly in Amherst! For details, contact TJ Howell.
  • In the Boston area? Check out the Active Latin Meetup page for events.


  • See our new Jobs page for details.

Awards, Scholarships and Fellowships

  • The American Academy in Rome is now accepting applications for the 2015 Rome Prize competition.

The deadline for applications is 1 November 2014 (extended deadline 15 November).
For more information and to apply, please visit the Academy website at www.aarome.org/romeprize.

  • The Society for Classical Studies has extended the deadline for nominations for its Precollegiate Teaching Award to Friday, November 7, 2014. Instructions for submitting nominations appear at this link.
    Deadline: January 15


The M. Alison Frantz Fellowship, formerly know as the Gennadeion Fellow in Post-Classical Studies, was named in honor of photographer and archaeologist, M. Alison Frantz (1903 – 1995) whose photographs of antiquities are widely used in books on Greek culture.The Frantz Fellowship is awarded to scholars whose fields of study are represented by the Gennadius Library in Athens, i.e. Late Antiquity, Byzantine Studies, post-Byzantine Studies, or Modern Greek Studies.

Eligibility: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.’s (up to five years) from a U.S. or Canadian institution. Successful candidates should demonstrate their need to work in the Gennadius Library.

Terms: A stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the School for the full academic year from September 1 to June 1. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the Gennadius Library of the School.

Application: Submit application for Associate Membership with fellowship, curriculum vitae, description of the proposed project, and three letters of reference online on the ASCSA web site .

Web site: www.ascsa.edu.gr or http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/admission-membership/grants

E-mail: application@ascsa.org

The award will be announced by March 15.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment.