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Check out the review of The Latin of Science from the Seventeenth Century News Fall-Winter 2020.
The Classical Journal reviews They Said It First: The Wisdom of the Ancient Greeks and Romans.
lends weight to drift boats? Wooden drift boards handcrafted in Montana exhibit at the Missoula airport caught the editor’s eye.
Will a Roman warship
become a Lego reality?
Latin lovers’ love
makes New York Times
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Original literary pieces
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“An Olympian God for the 21st Century”
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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!
December's image is a fresco of a cup bearer from the Palace of Knossos (currently in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum). Having left Delos, Aeneas makes for the island of Crete, believing that this is the prophesied land of his ancestors where he should found a new city. This action proves to be a mistake, and his crew is soon beset with plague—they must continue their wanderings for a while yet.
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Allow me, once again, to laud you for your perseverance, your resiliency, your steadfastness, and your dedication to your students and your teaching. These are trying times and teachers have proven themselves anchors of stability for their students. May the coming vacation provide you much deserved rest, relaxation, restoration, and special time (as COVID allows) with your family.
It is my great pleasure to call your attention to this issue’s Teaching Tip penned by the talented Emma Vanderpool, who discusses the launch of Bolchazy-Carducci’s new novella series from the perspective of teacher and author. B-C is so very excited about this new series and pleased to have enlisted Emma as one of the series’ authors.
May I call your attention to two Teaching Tip and Resources items that feature the late Olympian gold medalist Rafer Johnson. Special thanks to Judith Peller Hallett, who provided the link to the documentary about the Olympics reenactment. It was intended to accompany the 1972 Olympics but was not shown due to the horrendous capture and shooting of Israeli athletes. Professor Hallett served as a classicist resource person for the production.
All of us at Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers wish you and your families and your students and their families a holiday season of joy as we celebrate light and life. May the arrival of the vaccine engender hope for the New Year!
All good wishes,
I’m sure your students enjoyed learning the etymology of “vaccine.” :)
|Insights on B-C’s New Novella Series and the Role of Novellas in the Classroom|
I feel incredibly fortunate to help kick off this new novella series by Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers. For so long, we Latin teachers have focused on the extant texts that we do have, and they have served us well. The advent of Latin novellas, which use limited vocabulary, has offered our students new opportunities to enjoy extended, connected narratives. Moreover, these narratives have been used to transform our classroom spaces. They have added complexity to familiar narratives and have included voices and perspectives that have traditionally been marginalized or omitted.
By highlighting the multicultural nature of the ancient world and by lifting up the underrepresented voices, we allow our students more opportunities to see themselves in the past. As Rudine Sims Bishop wrote, literature can act as a door, a window, or a mirror. We can invite students to not just look into the past but to imagine themselves there. The ancient Mediterranean can act as a powerful laboratory, in which students can test hypotheses about the world or try on identities, due to the distance provided, and they can do so without the potential risks involved in trying these out by directly reflecting on current societies. Yet, being able to have narratives that act as a mirror and being able to see themselves in that world make it even easier to relate to a world that has grown ever farther from our students.
When I first began writing, because I did not have students of my own yet, I thought of the middle school students at Moultonborough Academy. Their teacher, Matthew Katsenes, had been kind enough to let me drop in and guest-teach a few times, and so I had a very clear audience in mind and a very clear goal. My goal: I wanted to create compelling material, based around Roman history, which was a topic that, up to that point, had been largely left out of the Latin novella market. That had been an entry point into the ancient Mediterranean for me as a student, and I strongly believe that it can be so for others as well. With a topic and an audience in hand, my first novella, Sacri Pulli: A Tale of War and Chickens, was born, followed by a series of books involving animals narrating historical events.
While first motivated by the lack of historical topics, I also began to think more deeply about the figures and perspectives which had been marginalized or omitted from our telling of history in the Latin classroom. This novella series that Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is publishing focuses on the oft-overlooked topic of augury. The first two books in the series look at a familiar father-son narrative but also complicate the notion that everyone in the Roman world believed dulce et decorum est pro patria mori (“it is sweet and right to die for one’s country”). The third and fourth novellas, meanwhile, give women a voice by looking at their role in the familiar story of Romulus and Remus, and at the power of Tanaquil as a king-maker. When we change and challenge the perspectives of familiar stories and expand our historical lessons and discussions to the broader world around the Mediterranean, our classroom discussions can become more rich and complex.
The ancient world was just as diverse and intersectional as ours today. By not just highlighting but focusing on the complex narratives of the past, we can make our study of the past not only more representative of what was but also more representative of what is. Moreover, we can start to change the narrative of who is a Latin student. We can change who feels included and welcomed in our classrooms. We can change the direction of the field. Like many things, this difficult, but worthy work is our responsibility and it begins with teachers and with the narratives we choose to bring into our classrooms. Bolchazy-Carducci with their new novella series is providing us with even more comprehensible, compelling texts to expand the bounds of our classroom libraries and to engage in this worthwhile work.
Some Questions from the Editor to the Author
DES: How did you become interested in the classics?
I was interested in the classics because I loved reading Harry Potter and had loved how rich that world was in large part because of the author J.K. Rowling’s engagement with the ancient Greco-Roman world.
DES: Which of your many classics-connected accomplishments and honors especially please you? Why?
Earning the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Massachusetts Amherst for my work as a Latin instructor was particularly moving. It was student-nominated and student- and faculty-supported, so this recognition meant a great deal as an early career teacher.
DES: What special nugget of advice would you give to a high school student studying the classics?
Your voice matters: what you bring to the table and to the discipline is wholly unique and valuable as there is no one else who has brought your life experiences and perspective to look at these texts. So, don’t be afraid to share your insights and perspective!
DES: What special nugget of advice would you give to a new teacher of the classics?
Students can really only begin to care about people who lived 2000+ years ago when they themselves feel cared about then and there in your classroom.
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, MA. 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 Amherst. Among her awards, Vanderpool is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from UMASS Amherst (2019) and was honored as the Lincoln Laureate for Monmouth College (2017). She serves on the Executive Board for Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute and the Classical Association of New England and is an organizer for Lupercal. She has self-published nine novellae and is pleased to be an author for Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers.
|B-C Launches Its Novella Series!|
Designed to engage and delight novice and intermediate learners, these Latin readers use limited, high-frequency vocabulary and copious images to support comprehension. The debut titles in the Explore Latin
and Encounter Latin
series focus on the world of Roman augury—entirely in Latin!
The nonfiction text Explore Latin: Avēs
offers an immersive introduction to the significance of birds in Roman culture and religion. This “pre-reader” pairs perfectly with the Encounter Latin
novella, Augury Is for the Birds
, which delves deeper into the ins and outs of augury and its role in ancient Rome.
Great gifts for the young Latin learner in your life!
Marvelous reading resources for your Latin 1 classroom!
|Society for Classical Studies Tribute to William Sanders Scarborough|
Presidential Panel of the Society for Classical Studies
President Sheila Murnaghan,
University of Pennsylvania
“William Sanders Scarborough
and Black Classicism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century”
This panel responds to a shameful episode in the history of American classics: in 1909, the distinguished Black classicist and President of Wilberforce University, William Sanders Scarborough (1852–1926), chose not to attend the annual meeting of the American Philological Association (now the SCS) in Baltimore because the hotel where the conference banquet was to be held refused to serve him. The speakers will contextualize Scarborough’s exclusion from the annual meeting within the history of Baltimore as well as the profession of Classical Studies and will address the aspirations and achievements of Scarborough himself and of the many Black writers and scholars of his period who engaged with classical antiquity, a rich legacy from which we have much to learn as we strive to make our profession truly inclusive and anti-racist.
- Michele Valerie Ronnick (Wayne State University): “A Portrait of William Sanders Scarborough in 1909”
- Andre Davis (University of Maryland Carey School of Law): “Ruminations on Place, Privilege, and Prejudice: Baltimore at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century”
- John W.I. Lee (University of California Santa Barbara): ““I am trying to walk in your footsteps:” John Wesley Gilbert and William Sanders Scarborough from Athens to Philadelphia”
- Eric Ashley Hairston (Wake Forest University): “Not merely remembered . . . . ”
- Shelley Haley (Hamilton College): “Response”
Friday, January 8, 2021 5:30-7:30 p.m. CST
William Sanders Scarborough Class of 1875, Oberlin College.
Courtesy of Oberlin College Archives
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is pleased to have brought Scarborough’s First Lessons in Greek back in print.
|Teaching Tips & Resources|
|► Online Resources|
• Aramco World Provides Interesting Articles Like This One on Nubia.
• The Getty Museum Expands Online Resources.
► Res Romanae
• African Woman in York’s 4th Century High Society.
• Interactive Mosaic Celebrates Dining.
• A Great Listen—Annie Lennox Sings Dido's Lament.
• Fabulous Video on the Pantheon’s Mysteries.
• Trench Fever in Ancient Rome?
• New Human Remains Discovered at Pompeii—Three Articles.
• Vulcan at Work at Stromboli.
• Altar to Pan Found in Israel.
• Late Antique Roman Britain not so “Dark!”
• Scientists Study Pyroclastic Damage to Pompeii’s Wall Paintings.
• The Timeliness of New Excavations at Pompeii.
• Enzo Gioiello Discusses Roman Concrete.
► Res Hellenicae
• Sententiae Antiquae’s “The Truth about Daedalus and Icarus.”
• A Special Joy Teaching Greek.
• The Legend of King Midas Unearthed.
• Inscriptions Help Establish History of the Greek Islet Vryokastraki.
• Recitation in Ancient Greek Class.
• Hermes Gets Around—New Bust Discovery.
• The Late Olympian Athlete Rafer Johnson and the Olympic Cauldron.
• Rafer Johnson Participates in Olympic Reenactment
► Res Aegypticae
• What Ancient Egyptian Sounded Like—and How We Know.
• Discovering Saqqara’s Mummies and Secrets.
► Res Aliae
• Smithsonian Showcases Twelve Ancient Sites.
• Neolithic Building Boom?
• Fort from King David’s Reign.
• Revelations about Britain’s Ancient Topography.
|2021 Classical Conferences and Meetings|
January 5—10, 2021
The 2021 AIA/SCS Joint Annual Meeting will be an entirely virtual event.
B–C will participate in the Virtual Exhibit Hall.
Thursday, January 7
Sixth Paper Session (2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
“Learning the Rules: Games and Education in the Ancient World Panel” Del Chrol, Co–organizer, Latin for the New Millennium
, Levels 1 and 2, audio recordings; “Check Your Mate: Ovid, the Game of Love, and Learning to be a Man” presenter
Representative: Donald Sprague will be available from 1:00–2:00 PM each day of the meeting.
CANE—Classical Association of New England Annual MeetingSaturday, March 13 and Saturday, March 20, 2021
This meeting will be a virtual meeting via Zoom on two consecutive Saturdays.
B–C will participate in the Virtual Exhibit Hall.
ACL—American Classical League74th Annual InstituteWashington University, St. Louis, MissouriJune 24–26, 2021Representatives:
Bridget Dean and Donald Sprague
|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,
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• Lumina: Artes Latinae Level 1
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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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