Monthly Archives: December 2012


Links for the Week of 16 December

A petition to keep the tomb of the Roman general who inspired Gladiator from being reburied: http://dariusaryadigs.com/2012/save-the-gladiator-tomb-sign-the-ipetition/ (via @SaveRome)
A Kickstarter to raise money for a free online movie about archaeology: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dariusarya/digging-history-getting-dirty-has-never-been-so-ed (via @SaveRome)
Online book chats about Roman Historical fiction: http://romanhistorybooks.typepad.com/roman_history_books_and_m/2012/12/roman-history-books-and-more-online-book-chats.html (via @IHahn)
Helmet from Caesar’s era found in Britain: http://romanarcheo.blogspot.com/2012/12/caesar-wars-helmet-found-near-canterbury.html (via @jntribolo)
A stage where Nero performed is being excavated: http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.de/2012/12/ancient-stage-where-nero-performed-as.html#.UMzmUKUsq_c (via @Nihil_Novi_Net)
An interactive graphic (requires Flash) of Zeus’s relationships: http://visualising.org/full-screen/46524 (via @classicslibrary and @adrianmurdoch)
A tool for creating differentiated projects (with a nice section on Bloom’s built in): http://byrdseed.com/differentiator/ (via @KatyReddick)
English translations of Attic inscriptions: http://www.atticinscriptions.com (via @classicslibrary)
Caroline Lawrence’s thoughts on how Romans are different from people today: http://the-history-girls.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/musings-on-ancient-roman-mindset.html (via @CarolineLawrenc)
Not strictly Classical, but a piece on how different cultures differentiate colors (useful for thinking about “Roman purple”): http://www.empiricalzeal.com/2012/06/05/the-crayola-fication-of-the-world-how-we-gave-colors-names-and-it-messed-with-our-brains-part-i/ (via @CarolineLawrenc)


Spoken Latin Workshops

So you want to explore using spoken Latin in your classes? Intrigued and want to learn more? There are many opportunities to do so! The organization that has the largest number of opportunities is SALVI (Septentrionale Americanum Latinitatis Vivae Institutum). This year, they offer you 5 separate choices:
• Biduum Latinum — a weekend event designed to jump start or recharge your active Latin. 
Getty Villa, Malibu, CA (January 12-13); Claymont Mansion, Charles Town, WV (February 22-24); Clear Creek Abbey, Tulsa, OK (March 9-11).
• Academia Aestiva Latina — June 24-28, a semi-immersion event for secondary school students. 
Co-sponsored and hosted by the Getty Villa, Malibu, CA.
• Septimana Californiana — July 1-8, a full week of Latin discussions and sight-seeing excursions. 
Housed at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA.
• Rusticatio — July 4-11 AND July 18-25; a full week of classroom sessions, cooking, and playing in Latin. 
Housed at Claymont Mansion, Charles Town, WV. (2 weeks, same curriculum–Pick one!)
• Pedagogy Rusticatio (conducted in English) — July 12-17; an intensive introduction to best practices in language instruction, with guided practice sessions. 
Housed at Claymont Mansion, Charles Town, WV.
There are many other workshops and resources around the country!
Conventiculum Bostoniense
Conventiculum Lexingtoniense
Conventiculum Buffaloniense
Conventiculum Vasintoniense
I cannot recommend SALVI’s Pedagogy Rusticatio and Rusticatio enough. It is where I became a spoken Latin believer. Argue what you will, but don’t judge until you try!
Have you been to one of these programs? Do you use spoken Latin in your classes? Comment and tell us more!