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All roads lead to Rome!
Well, this sign greets one driving along Route 27 in Maine as one leaves the village of Belgrade Lakes.
A little Spode . . .
Note the plate’s pedigree—The Sick Lion and the Wolf from Aesop’s Fables.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this image of the dwarf planet Ceres in 2015. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. All NASA photos are in the public domain.
NASA’s mission reveals that Ceres is geologically active
. Would Ceres be offended that she only merits a “dwarf” planet?
The flag of the European Union superimposed on a map of member states. Public Domain photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Listen to the anthem
of the European Union.
How close to Latin is the Sardinian
Classicist Dr. Rob Cromarty provides an amusing comparison of Roman emperors with 1980s wrestlers
|Fall 2020 Classics Conferences and Meetings|
|Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is pleased to be exhibiting virtually at these fall conferences that are to be held virtually.|
October 8–10, 2020
October 23, 2020
NB: The biennial meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South—Southern Section, originally scheduled for November 2020, will take place fall 2021.
|Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is pleased to provide complimentary webinars on a variety of subjects, especially pedagogical, of interest to classicists. Some webinars are geared to the Latin for the New Millennium program and to topics generated by the AP* Latin curriculum.|
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|The 2020–2021 Roman Calendar is in the mail! If you want an earlier glimpse, did not put yourself on the mailing list, or would like to download a printable PDF, we have the full file posted on our website!|
The 2020–2021 Roman Calendar follows the travels of Aeneas, with each month focusing on a representative image corresponding to each of Aeneas's stops. We'll be posting JPEG images of each month of the calendar—feel free to use these calendar resources in your LMS or online classroom!
September begins with Troy, Aeneas's home from which he must flee after the utter devastation brought about by the Trojan War. This month's artifact, an Ottoman dish manufactured in Iznik, was created in the sixteenth century CE, thousands of years after the supposed date of Aeneas's flight. The floral design indicates Chinese influence, while the blue ground with white decoration represents an Ottoman innovation.
(Open Access image/The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
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Here we are—mid-September already!
Congratulations on your adapting to the demands of these challenging times. All of us at B-C are rooting for you! And, remember, our classicist editors are here to address questions that arise concerning our learning materials.
For those of you teaching the AP Latin curriculum, check out our new program, Lumina for Caesar and Vergil Selections
. It’s a great learning tool and even more so in these Covidian times.
We’re pleased to announce a new feature of the Roman Calendar for 2020: a downloadable Zoom background! Like the calendar, this background highlights the travels of Aeneas. You can save this image directly to your computer—right click on the image. We will also be posting to the B-C distance learning page
We’ve completed the lineup of Fall 2020 webinars. It’s a terrific set of topics including social justice in the Latin classroom, Shelley Haley’s journey as an African-American woman pursuing the classics, B-C’s forthcoming novella series, and Caesar’s genocide in Gaul. So, check the schedule
, mark your calendar, and tune in for some teacher-friendly professional development. And, it’s complimentary
Sending you all good wishes for a successful first semester.
Wakelet is an online content curation tool for creating multimedia collections of resources that can be easily shared. By using the Wakelet extension for Chrome or Edge, the user can easily bookmark any website and add it to a curated collection in their Wakelet account. Then, the user can edit the collection to organize the links and add in explanatory text, PDFs of their own related content, links to podcast episodes, and even self-recorded short videos. The result is a rich, varied multimedia collection of resources on a particular topic.
I like Wakelet for three different case uses. First, it is an excellent way to share carefully selected materials with students. I love the idea of a thematic Wakelet for a unit. The teacher can pull together various high quality resources on the theme of the unit. The collection is shareable with students via a link, but it also integrates seamlessly with Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams or OneNote. There are certainly other ways to share important links with students, but Wakelet allows the teacher to organize, explain, and order the resources in a compelling way. Similarly, a teacher could assign students to generate a collection on an assigned topic. Groups of students can collaborate on a single collection and share it via a link with the teacher and/or the rest of the class. Second, Wakelet is a good tool for students to use for their own learning portfolio. They can create a collection at the start of the academic year, where they periodically upload important demonstrations of their learning. They can add written or video reflections on their growth and progress throughout the academic year. Lastly, Wakelet is a great tool for sharing resources with colleagues, departments, or professional learning communities. Wakelet is free and has a really great guide for educators available for download. Check it out at https://learn.wakelet.com
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|Promoting Your Classics Program|
From time to time, building off Laurie Jolicoeur’s tip from the July 2020 eLitterae, we’ll offer some promotion tips.
√ Make sure you are familiar with all the possible vehicles and key individuals for promoting your program: district, building, student, parent, local print newspapers, local online media, etc.
√ Often, in a non-Covidian world, schools offer summer study programs that take their students to Italy and/or Greece. The beginning of a new school year is a terrific time for getting coverage for the program. Your “press release” should include a brief overview of the study program and its goals, a complete list of student and faculty participants (for schools with students from multiple communities or zip codes, be sure to include them), and a good photo that includes students engaged (rather than posing) in meaningful activity. For example, a student or group of students giving a presentation is ideal.
The school newspaper or the local paper will often publish a student reflection on their experience.
On a related note, this is a great time to gather student and parent testimonials on the value of the study tour. Such testimonials are very useful when recruiting students for the next tour.
√ In the craziness of distance learning and Covid-19, you might not have been able to promulgate your students’ success on the National Latin Exam or the National Greek Exam. Now’s a perfect time to do that.
√ How did your students fare on the AP Latin exam? If their average score beat your state or the national average, that’s great news to share. For example, “Twelve All American High School students undertook the rigors of the AP Latin curriculum and their average score of 3.85 outpaced the New Jersey state average of x.xx as well as the national average of x.xx.” Your AP Exam Coordinator, department chair, or other administrator should be able to share this information with you if it’s not already in your hands.
√ If you or your colleagues participated in any professional development activities this summer—online conferences for example, it’s critical to promote this as well. If you or your colleagues live in communities different from where your school is located, make sure a notice is sent to your community’s local paper and online news sources.
|NB: The following is the schedule to date. Additional webinar presentations are in progress. Watch for updates.|
Tuesday, October 6, 6–7:00 pm ET
Insights on the Experience of an African-American Female Classicist
Presenter: Shelley P. Haley, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
President-Elect of the Society for Classical Studies, prominent classicist Shelley P. Haley will share her personal experiences as a student falling in love with the classics and then pursuing the classics as a profession. Her talk will include the obstacles she has overcome in the course of this special journey.
Shelley P. Haley is the Edward North Chair of Classics and Professor of Africana Studies at Hamilton College. Her areas of expertise include ancient Africa including ancient Egypt, Cleopatra, Latin pedagogy, Classica Africana, Roman social history focusing on constructs of race, gender and sexuality; black feminist thought; and critical race feminism and African-American women's intellectual history. Professor Haley has been a contributor to the BBC, The Learning Channel, and YouTube’s “Rome: Power and Glory.” She has lectured widely on increasing the representation of students of color in Latin, ancient Greek and classics classrooms—and on her research about the role of a classical education in the lives and careers of 19th-century college-educated black women. Widely published, she has been honored for her teaching with a Society for Classical Studies Excellence in Teaching of the Classics at the College Level Award and Hamilton College’s Samuel & Helen Lang Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Her service to the profession earned an American Classical League Merita Award and a College Board Certificate of Recognition for her work as chief reader for the AP Latin Exam and chair of the Exam Development Committee. Haley earned an AB at Syracuse University and a PhD from the University of Michigan.
Tuesday, October 20, 6–7:00 pm ET
Teaching Social Justice in the Latin Classroom
Presenter: Miriam Patrick, Parkview High School, Lilburn, GA
B-C is especially pleased to have Miriam reprise her very engaging and informative presentation. Participants enthused about last spring’s presentation. Every student has the right to see themselves in their classroom, content, and context. This webinar will focus on ways that Latin teachers can bring multiculturalism into the classroom through choosing appropriate visuals, choosing authentic materials, and reconsidering the context of the Latin language.
A third-generation teacher, Miriam Patrick has long been passionate about Latin and teaching. She strives to teach all types of students and uses research-based teaching methods in her classroom. Patrick has presented on a variety of topics at state, regional, and national conferences on Comprehensible Input methods and ideas, and most recently on social justice issues. Her master’s studies included work on proto-racism in classical literature. She is coauthor, with Rachel Ash, of the Latin novella Pluto: Fabula Amoris and its teacher’s guide. Patrick was honored in 2012 with the Foreign Language Association of Georgia’s prestigious Teacher of Promise given to outstanding individuals in the first years of their careers. Patrick serves as editor for the Georgia Classical Association’s publications and serves on the American Classical League’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion.
Tuesday, November 10, 6–7:00 pm ET
Justifying Genocide? Confronting the Dark Side of Caesar’s Gallic Wars
Presenter: Kurt Raaflaub (prof. emeritus), Brown University, Providence, RI
Renowned Caesar scholar, Kurt Raaflaub will address one of the key components in the recent reassessment of Caesar’s behavior and practices in the course of his conquest of the people of Gaul. What do we make of the genocide Caesar committed? How can we help our students deal with the dark side of Caesar and his Gallic Wars?
Kurt Raaflaub is the David Herlihy University Professor & Professor of Classics and History Emeritus, Brown University, where he taught from 1978 to 2009. Prior to Brown, Raaflaub taught at the Freie Universität in Berlin. He also served as co-director of the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC (1992–2000). Raaflaub’s main areas of interest and research include the social and political history of the Roman republic; the social, political, and intellectual history of archaic and classical Greece; and the comparative history of the ancient world. Among his many publications are Dignitatis contentio: Motivation and Political Strategy in Caesar's Civil War (Munich, 1974, in German); War and Society in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds (Washington DC, 1999, with Nathan Rosenstein); Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (Berkeley, 2007); War and Peace in the Ancient World (Malden Mass. & Oxford, 2007); Epic and History (ibid. 2010, with David Konstan); Geography and Ethnography: Perspectives of the World in Premodern Societies (ibid. 2010, with Richard Talbert); and The Roman Empire in Context: Historical and Comparative Perspectives (ibid. 2011, with Johann Arnason). He is the editor and translator of The Landmark Julius Caesar (New York, 2017) and is currently working on volume I of a new Cambridge History of War that focuses on the ancient world from a global perspective. His book The Discovery of Freedom in Ancient Greece (Chicago, 2004) received the American Historical Association's James Henry Breasted Prize. Raaflaub earned his doctorate from the University of Basel in Switzerland.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 6–7:00 pm ET
Insights on the Launch of B-C Latin Novella Series
Presenter: Emma Vanderpool, Springfield Honors Academy,
This webinar introduces Bolchazy-Carducci’s Encounter Latin novella series, designed to engage and delight novice and intermediate Latin learners with comprehensible stories written entirely in Latin. Talented author Vanderpool will introduce the inaugural volume, Augury Is for the Birds: Mārcus dē Avibus Discit, demonstrating how she incorporated rubrics for the novellas. She will also share the inaugural Explore Latin: Avēs volume in the new “pre-reader” series that provides novice Latin learners with short, nonfiction texts on a range of subjects related to the ancient world.
Emma Vanderpool has been teaching Latin since 2017—two years at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a year at Trickum Middle School in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and now back in her beloved New England at Springfield Honors Academy, Springfield, Massachusetts. Vanderpool earned her Bachelor of Arts in Latin, Classics, and History from Monmouth College in Illinois and her Master of Arts in Teaching for Classical Humanities from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Among her awards, Vanderpool is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from UMASS Amherst (2020) and was honored as the Lincoln Laureate for Monmouth College (2017). She serves on the Executive Board for Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute, is an organizer for the Our Voices conference, and is an organizer for Lupercal. She has self-published five novellae and is pleased to be an author for Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers.
|Teaching Tips & Resources|
|► Resources for Learning and Teaching Online|
• Check out the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages online workshops. See details in posting in this issue’s sidebar.
• How to build relationships with students despite Covid-19.
• Nurturing social-emotional skills in a Covidian world.
► Ancient Cartography and Modern Videography
• Digital maps of the ancient world.
• Walking Tour of Pompeii proves to be a fabulous resource.
► Social Justice
• America’s first African-American archaeologist.
• Pedro Albizu Campos, a student of Latin and Greek and the first Afro-Latino Harvard Law valedictorian, was cheated of this distinction.
• Fantastic learning opportunity—Race Before Race: Premodern Critical Race Studies [as a DOCC] #RaceBefore Race #RB4REducationn—focus on the classical and medieval worlds.
► Res Romanae
• Terrific reconstruction of the harbor at Carthage.
• Hadrian’s Wall excavations uncover oldest Christian graffiti in Britain.
• Have you made sourdough bread a la Pliny?
• Antonio Cerretti builds the Forum of Nerva in legos.
• How to respond to a volcanic eruption—Lessons from Vesuvius. A great complement to Latin for the New Millennium, Level 1, chapter 16.
• Great set of exchanges about e pluribus unum and the Roman dish moretum. For more on e pluribus unum, see the Wikipedia page.
• Roman roundhouse found at Bamburgh Castle, England.
• Excavations reveal road built by the infamous Pontius Pilate.
• Have Roman remains at Notre Dame on view again.
• Photorealistic portraits of Roman emperors will amaze you!
• Does the second-century temple at Caistor refute the belief that after Boudicca’s revolt the Iceni’s resources were significantly diminished?
• Stephanus at Ephesus—image from the Late Antique Period.
• From Roman IOUs to Bloomberg’s London Offices.
► Res Hellenicae
• Entertaining view of the Odyssey as Instagram posts!
• The very moment that the statue of Antinoos is found at Delphi.
• Athens arises as an art capital.
► Res Nubianae
• Racism overlooks the Kingdom of Kush.
Valerian Guillot captures Meroe and its pyramids at sunrise.
Creative Commons 2.0 photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
• Floods threaten the pyramids of Meroe.
► Res Aegypticae
• Digital unwrapping of animal mummies.
• The Hyksos foment uprising, not invasion.
• Contents of mini-mummies revealed.
• 2500-year-old coffins unearthed.
• Scholar’s notes provide insights to Rosetta stone decipherment.
► Res Aliae
• Slavery in the Viking world.
• Student uncovers Viking trading post in Norway.
• Bronze Age treasure trove discovered in Scotland.
• London’s Bronze Age hoard goes on display.
• Origin of Stonehenge’s boulders revealed.
• Jerusalem yields remains of ancient palace.
|Lumina: Released to Great Acclaim!|
Lumina: Caesar and Vergil Selections
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is thrilled to announce brand-new Lumina content that is now available: online exercises to accompany the Caesar and Vergil selections on the AP Latin syllabus! With its comprehensive, completely original content, Lumina: Caesar and Vergil Selections is a perfect complement to Bolchazy-Carducci's print and eBook resources for AP Latin. Better yet, Lumina: Caesar and Vergil Selections works on any internet-enabled device!
- Hundreds of automatically-graded multiple choice questions promote close reading of all syllabus selections and provide students with immediate feedback
- Copious AP-style free response questions ensure that students develop the necessary skills to thoroughly analyze and respond to all passages on the syllabus
- Thorough practice exams prepare students for the format of the AP Latin exam
- Vocabulary and figures of speech flashcards allow for additional review.
To support teachers going remote this fall, content will be made available in stages. Multiple choice and free response questions for Vergil's Aeneid, Books 1 and 2, and Caesar's De Bello Gallico, Books 1, 4, and 6, are now available. The rest of the syllabus will be available October 26 or sooner. Practice exam content will follow.
Lumina: Online Guided Practice to Accompany LNM
Lumina online content offers new resources to support LNM, Levels 1 and 2. The interactive guided Language Fact sections provide immediate feedback to students as they preview or review each chapter of Latin for the New Millennium Level 1 or Level 2. Mouse-over vocabulary lists allow a new format for vocabulary mastery. Infinitely replayable crossword puzzles engage students in derivative work. Automatically graded quizzes free up student-teacher interaction time for translation, oral/aural work, discussion, and other learning activities. For a brief overview of the program,
check out this video
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offers a revamped Artes Latinae
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• Lumina: Artes Latinae Level 1
• Lumina: Artes Latinae Level 2
Based on the program developed by Dr. Waldo E. Sweet of the University of Michigan for Encyclopedia Britannica, Lumina: Artes Latinae is an easy-to-follow course that includes all the tools a student needs to achieve a firm command of Latin. The course was carefully crafted and refined to suit the needs and abilities of a broad spectrum of students. Lumina: Artes Latinae meets existing foreign language requirements for high school graduation.
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