Boston Latin Academy in need of Jenney series books

Can anyone help out the Boston Latin Academy? They are looking for some copies of the old Jenney series, books 1 and 2. If you have any in pretty good shape, and would like to get rid of them, get in touch with the director of the Classics Department, Marie Carvalho, at mcarvalho@bostonpublicschools.org.

Here is their list of desiderata:

Jenney’s First Year Latin  (melon colored book with picture of Ben Hur on front) ISBN: 978-020508723-5 Quantity needed:  30 

Jenny’s Second Year Latin ISBN: 0-205-08726-4 Quantity needed:  30


Pliny and Pompeii

From Ruth Breindel:

  • A book review:

The Shadow of Vesuvius: A Life of Pliny, Daisy Dunn, 2019

               Since not much is known about the life of Pliny the Elder, the author has concentrated on Pliny the Younger.  We, as classicists, know much of what Dunn has to say; most of the hard data comes directly from the Plinys, so there is not much new in substance or speculation.  Because the evidence in many places is scant, Dunn adds information that isn’t really germane; e.g., earlier and later eruptions of Vesuvius, later English historians and characters.  Her style is very nice and breezy, so it is fairly easy to read; borrowing it from the library is your best bet.


Tickets now on sale for Aristophanes’ Clouds (Vermont Classical Play and City Dionysia), March 27–29, 2020

Tickets now on sale for Aristophanes’ Clouds (Vermont Classical Play and City Dionysia), March 27–29, 2020 at the Main Street Landing Black Box Theater in Burlington, Vermont: https://www.vermontclassicalsociety.org

This joint production by UVM and Burlington High School features an original collaborative translation; ‘new ancient’ music with live ‘ancient band’; and choreography, costumes, sets, and projections inspired by ancient Greek art and archeology. Each show is preceded by a lecture (Penny Evans, UVM; Roberta Stewart (Dartmouth); Jeffrey Henderson (BU); Pavlos Sfyroeras (Middlebury). The Friday and Saturday evening lectures are also accompanied by a local wine-tasting festival! 

Aristophanes Clouds is generously funded by UVM’s Humanities Center and College of Arts and Sciences, the Vermont Humanities Council, and the Loeb Classical Library Foundation.

For more information on the play, lectures, and wine-festival, please see attached poster and visit https://www.vermontclassicalsociety.org.