Monthly Archives: May 2014

Virtual Rome, Living Language, and some Military: Links for 29 May

Looking for a cool Rome model online?  Check out Virtual Rome!
So, why is keeping the Classics alive important in creating a full education?
An interesting perspective on teaching grammar.
Archaeologists have found a HUGE military camp in Germany!
Oooohhh Tut’s Tomb….
A “Byzantine iPad”?  What?  This thing is COOL!

Keeping it Together at the End of the Year

Around this time of year, I start hearing a lot of “Ugh, the kids are just so DONE!  They are lazy and don’t want to learn.”
While this is not always true, often we teachers keep getting told to “do something meaningful” with the students and “keep them engaged” as the year wraps up.  So how does one accomplish this with students who are tired and sick of being tested?  Here are some ideas:
Projects like the Epic History Timeline are great for working on history for the final exam.
If Mythology is something that is on your final, there are zillions of great myth projects.  My students have taken a great liking to the Myth teaching project that I have them do. Working in groups of 1-4 people, they need to pick a myth, research it, write it up in their own words in English, make a visual, make a handout, and teach their myth to the class.  For upper levels, you can have the students translate their myth into Latin and make a Latin visual as well, and even present it in Latin!
If you want a grammar related project, try having the students write a grammar related song and make a music video or have a sing-off.
Composition projects are always terrific for grammar review.  Give the students a topic, or an idea, or StoryCubes, or a few animals and tell them what grammatical structures they need to use in their composition.
Review Work:
Often, getting the students to make the grammar review sheets for the final exams is excellent for keeping the students engaged and practicing their Latin.  You can have students work on their own or in groups.  I really like to make the students who need some practice on a grammatical concept make the review sheet for it.  It takes oversight and guidance, but it really makes the students focus and own their learning.
Here are some great ideas for review games!
I hope these help for keeping everyone, students and teachers alike, going at the end of the year!  I am always looking for new ideas! What are some ideas that you all use?

Announcements for 25 May


    • The CANE calendar, which covers the 2014-2015 academic year, is available from Amazon. Or, if you’d rather, you can order it directly from CANE Press for $16.


  • If you missed a chance to get earrings, notecards, or the Caesar posters from the Emporium at Annual Meeting, they are now available on Etsy.
  • The theme for the 2014 CANE Summer Institute is “On the Shoulders of Giants”: Greco-Roman Giants and their Modern Emulators.”  Register now!
  • It isn’t too early to pay membership dues for the 2014-2015 school year.



  • The Classics Program at the University of New Hampshire is pleased to issue a call for papers for its first Rouman Symposium for Research in Classics and the Humanities, to be held on the Durham campus from October 17–19, 2014. The Symposium is sponsored by the John C. Rouman Classical Lecture Series and will run from the afternoon of Friday the 17th until the early afternoon of Sunday the 19th. For more information, or to send in an abstract, contact R. Scott Smith.
  • The Academy Vivarium Novum is offering ten full tuition scholarships for high school students (16-18 years old) and ten full tuition scholarships for University students (18-24 years old) of any part of the world. The scholarships will cover all of the costs of room, board, teaching and didactic materials for courses to be held from October 6, 2014 until June 13, 2015 on the grounds of the Academy’s campus at Rome.The goal is to achieve a perfect command of both Latin and Greek through a total immersion in the two languages in order to master without any hindrances the texts and concepts which have been handed down from the ancient times, middle ages, the Renaissance period and modern era, and to cultivate the humanities in a manner similar to the Renaissance humanists.All the classes will be conducted in Latin, except for Greek classes which will be conducted in ancient Greek.Application letters must be sent to by July 1st in order to receive consideration. You can also use that email to ask for details on how to apply!

Meetups and Certamina

  • CLIPEUS is running several Latin speaking meetups in Boston. Check the link for more information.
  • THE BROOKLINE CERTAMEN has been canceled.

Summer Opportunities

  • The Cambridge Latin Course is offering a three-day workshop in Boston, August 5-7. See their announcement for details!
  • Registration for this summer’s American Classical League Summer Institute in Williamsburg, VA is now open.
  • McGill is offering a summer course in Classical Studies in June and July. Check out their flyer.
  • The American Institute for Roman Culture (AIRC) has a 2014 schedule for its Summer and Fall study abroad programs, and include Media Studies, Art History, and Field School Excavations.
  • Do your students ask you how they can improve their Latin? Do they ask you about summer opportunities in Latin or ancient history? Calder Classics invites students entering grades 9 through 12 to join us in Rome in July 20 – August 3, 2014. Over the course of a 2-week program, the Classics will come alive through the study of Latin, exploration of ancient and modern sites and immersion in daily Italian life. Calder’s small, personalized programs of 6-8 students allow us to provide individual instruction to each student in both Latin and ancient history.
  • Do you have a passion for Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Latin? Would you like to improve the speed and fluency with which you read Latin? Then join the immersion program at the Conventiculum Bostoniense, taught by experts in Classical and Neo-Latin from both Europe and the United States. You can also earn graduate credit, by taking one of our two week-length courses. Find more information and application materials here: