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A delightful wine tasting
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Fabulous wine from the Fabulas winery. Check out their Latin titles!
Sybarite sauvignon blanc from Margerum Winery.
|Winter/Spring 2022 Webinars|
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Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 6:00–7:00 pm ET
The Author’s Insights into Developing Novellas about Roman Theater
Presenter: Christopher Bungard, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
Roman comedy scholar Christopher Bungard will share his ideas for developing a series of novellas that explore the world of Roman theater. Bungard’s first novella in a series of four, We’re Going to the Show: Adīmus ad Lūdōs, will arrive later this spring. As part of Bolchazy-Carducci’s Encounter Latin novella series, these theater novellas are designed to engage and delight novice and intermediate Latin learners with comprehensible stories written entirely in Latin. Bungard will also share his insights into the creation of Ludī Scaenicī, his contribution to the Explore Latin series. This “pre-reader” series provides novice Latin learners with short, nonfiction texts on a range of subjects related to the ancient world.
Christopher Bungard hails from the Buckeye State, where he earned a BA from Denison University and both his MA and PhD at The Ohio State University. He is a Professor of Classical Studies at Butler University in Indianapolis, where he has taught a range of Latin author courses and classes in translation on ancient law and ancient drama since 2008. He also serves the university as Assistant Director of Faculty Development. Dr. Bungard's research looks broadly at humor and theater from the ancient world. He has published on laughter in the Homeric Hymn to Hermes as well as several articles in English and Italian on the role of clever slaves in the comedies of the second century BCE playwright Plautus. He is also interested in the ways that ancient theater continues to speak to the modern world, such as the enduring themes of Medea's story, connecting her experience with music in the modern world. His interest in humor stems from its ability to encourage us to think about gaps in a world that we may think is perfectly whole. Humor exposes our values and prejudices, and it allows us to find alternatives when discussions founder along the lines of beliefs that may seem “natural” and “normal.” He teaches a broad range of Latin author courses as well as classes in translation on ancient drama, ancient law, and epic poetry. A National Endowment for the Humanities grant resulted in the development of the first year seminar, “Why Is It Funny?”
Professor Bungard’s contribution to B-C’s Explore Latin series, Ludī Scaenicī, launched this past fall. The first title in his Encounter Latin series for B-C, We’re Going to the Show: Adīmus ad Lūdōs will be available this spring. Watch for an announcement on social media and in eLitterae.
Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 6:00–7:00 pm ET (5:00–6:00 pm CT)
Exploring Constructed Languages Based on Latin
Presenter: Amelia Wallace, editor, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
Latin remained an important bridge (or “international auxiliary”) language in much of Europe centuries after the fall of the Western Roman Empire. Through the Renaissance and beyond, it continued to be an important international language of scholarship. However, due to a number of historical and social trends, Latin began to lose its universal appeal beginning in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In response to the perceived flaws of Latin (whether practical or theoretical), a number of scientists, philosophers, and linguists began developing their own artificial languages. From Hildegard von Bingen, who hoped to use language to better know the divine, to L. L. Zamenhof , who desired to bring about world peace with Esperanto, these constructors of artificial languages in some ways hoped that their languages could surpass Latin. Nevertheless, they often relied on Latin or Latinate vocabulary in constructing their languages—Latin, it turns out, is a hard language to get away from.
This presentation will explore how Latin influenced constructed languages throughout European history, touching on the vocabulary and grammar of some of these languages. Ways to bring these “conlangs” into the secondary classroom will also be addressed.
Amelia Wallace, received her MAT in Latin and Classical Humanities from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her BA in Classical Civilizations from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Bolchazy-Carducci in 2018, she taught Latin at the middle school, high school, and university levels, in addition to tutoring students of all ages. Wallace pursues a variety of topics in classics and keeps up to date on developments in classics pedagogy.
Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 6:00–7:00 pm ET (5:00–6:00 pm CT)
Greece & India, China & Rome: at the Crossroads of the Ancient World
Presenter: Georgia Irby, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
In this webinar, Professor Irby discusses the relationships and contacts between the west and east of the ancient world. Drawing on both material and literary culture, she explores Greek and Roman knowledge of and interactions with India, China, and Sri Lanka. Long-distance exchange was complex, from commercial links (along the Erythraean Sea and the Silk Road) to philosophical cross-pollination and diplomatic embassies. Greek and Roman thinkers were fascinated by the peoples at the edges of their world, and they understood these distant peoples imperfectly, giving rise to utopias, dystopias, and fanciful hybrid-folk.
Georgia Irby, Professor of Classical Studies, has broad research interests including the history of Greek and Roman science. She received her PhD in Classical Philology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has co-authored a Latin textbook, edited a two-volume History of Science and Technology in the ancient world, and has published on Greek mythology, Roman military religion, and Roman military medicine. Two of her recent books, Conceptions of the Watery World in Greco-Roman Antiquity and Using and Conquering the Watery World in Greco-Roman Antiquity (Bloomsbury, 2021), stem from her COLL 100 course, “Why Water Matters.” In the class and the books, she explores water as a focus of engagement with the natural environment in the ancient world, including physics, infrastructure (e.g., aqueducts), medicine, mythology, religion, and more. In a recent monograph Epic Echoes in The Wind and the Willows (Routledge, 2021), she investigates Kenneth Grahame's engagement with classical literature, especially the themes and imagery of the Iliad and Odyssey. Together with a number of smaller projects (including articles on sea monsters and on environmental history), she is currently working on a translation and commentary of the Hispano-Roman geographical writer Pomponius Mela. She is also the editor of the Classical Journal, one of the premier journals of the field. Her talk today stems from her work in ancient geography and cartography.
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We join you in grieving over the senseless loss of life in Ukraine. This travesty brings to mind the insights of Ladislaus Bolchazy, PhD, our founder, who lived through both the Nazi and Soviet occupations of his beloved homeland, Slovakia. Lou sadly recalled that both occupations were devastating and destructive, he would grieve for the brave people of Ukraine. This lived experience is the inspiration for Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers’ motto, “A Better Future through the Lessons of the Past.” May the barbaric invasion end soon!
I recall fondly the students of Ukrainian descent whom I was privileged to teach at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois. They were consistently good students. I admired their pride for their Ukrainian heritage and their commitment to the Ukrainian studies they pursued in Saturday school. From Marko Jachtorowicz ’79, now an accomplished MD, I learned about the epic poems of Ukraine.
In the last issue, I shared the significant impact on my life, my studies, and my teaching that my experience at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies had. This watershed experience led to my founding the Loyola Academy Classics Tour in 1979 that has biennially provided a similar experience for several hundred Ramblers who traversed Greece and Italy studying firsthand the interplay between literary sources and material culture. That same summer, thanks to funding from the legendary Rev. Raymond J. Schoder, I participated in a Vergilian Society program in Campania and in 1984 a tour of Roman Britain with the inimitable Herb and Janice Benario. Alas, they have left us—Janice in 2020 and Herb just last month. They were outstanding directors for this Vergilian Society adventure. Later it was my pleasure through my editing work at B-C to reconnect with Herb—always the consummate gentleman and scholar. Emory University wrote fitting tributes to both Janice
, giants in our field. I was privileged to learn from them.
As March is dedicated to women’s history, the team at Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is proud to honor our talented roster of women authors.
I would be remiss if I did not honor the wonderful women who are my colleagues at Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers—our president Bridget Dean, PhD, production manager and eLearning director Jody Cull, editor Amelia Wallace, customer service professional/bookkeeper Carolyn Bernardi, and customer service professional Linda Lochmayer. They are the best! And at the helm, board chair and owner, Marie Bolchazy.
And I celebrate my mom who worked so very hard both inside the home and as a server to put my brother, my sister, and me through school. Though she left us in 1987, she remains an inspiration. She downplayed her own education, but I was always impressed that at her parish high school she studied Latin and French for four years, and when I was memorizing the Middle English proem to the Canterbury Tales, she could still recite it! God bless you Mom!
Wishing you well as we soon welcome spring!
|Teaching Tip: Literature Circles—Group Discussion Structure |
A literature circle is a structure used in English Language Arts classrooms that resembles a book club. In a nutshell, students gather in small groups to discuss what they are reading. In some classrooms, each group member has a specific responsibility within the group. Usually, students are given a choice over what they read and discuss. My interest in literature circles began in the early 2000s when one of the modern language teachers in my department said she wanted to find a way to work the strategy into her Spanish literature class. We chatted, I was intrigued, and we decided to experiment together. The conversation came at a time when I noticed that discussions of our reading were very teacher driven and I loved the idea of moving in a new direction. I wondered what the literature circle model might look like in a Latin class.
Over the years, I have used literature circles in all levels of Latin (I call them societates legendi) and have freely adapted the structure to meet the needs of the class. For example, in elementary level classes, students may break into their groups to discuss the reading from the current chapter we are working on. The societas format works particularly well for textbooks with a continuous narrative. In more advanced classes, students can select from a variety of passages and join a societas that they are most interested in. Reading selections from the Metamorphoses is great in this model. Each societas is focused on a different selection and has the responsibility of sharing their story with the rest of the class at the end of the allotted time. I do like to assign student roles within the societas. I find that I can adapt the roles quite easily to the level of the class, the needs of the group, and the objectives of the course. When students are meeting in their groups, I can circulate throughout the class to offer feedback and listen in on the discussion. With some creative adaptations, the literature circle structure can be a fruitful and enjoyable change of pace. To learn more, take a look at these resources:
Classicist and Education Consultant
BRACKETS DEADLINE—MARCH 16!
Diffugere nives, redeunt iam gramina campis arboribusque comae.
The snows have fled, now the grass returns to the fields and the leaves to the trees. (Horace, 4.7.1–2)
As we emerge from the cold, snowy days of winter, we not only encounter the greenery and renewal that springtime heralds: we also embark on our yearly Martia Dementia celebrations, now in their eighth year! In 2021, the best military commanders of the ancient world met their match in competition with birds. Shockingly, the birds emerged triumphant, and the immortal phoenix took (and perhaps burned to ashes) the laurel wreath. This year, the birds are back and ready to flaunt their fearlessness. Their challengers? Ancient Greek and Roman writers, in part inspired by our newest Explore Latin reader on theater and comedy! In Explore Latin: Lūdī Scaenicī by Christopher Bungard, information is presented about playwrights and poets like Menander, Livius Andronicus, Ennius, Plautus, and Terence. These authors, and many more, will now have to prove their Martia Dementia mettle.
To the victor—whoever finishes with the best bracket—belong the spoils. Before getting to the prizes, here is how the competition will work. Please read through the process carefully: this year we will continue to use an online bracket and voting system. For reference, we are providing a PDF of the bracket that you can use with your classes, but be sure to submit your final choices via the online system.
Starting today, complete and submit a bracket to be eligible for wondrous prizes. Please access and submit your bracket online via the following link: Martia Dementia 2022 Bracket.
When you access the online Martia Dementia bracket, click the “Submit your bracket!” button to start making your selections. You will be prompted to enter your name and email address; we need this information so that we can track and notify the winners of the competition once Martia Dementia is completed. After signing up, you will be asked to predict a winner for each game in the bracket.
At the bottom of this post, you will find a link to a PDF showing short descriptions of each of this year’s Martia Dementia participants. You can access the same descriptions by clicking on the photo of a given figure in the bracket.
Once you have completed all of your selections and have submitted your bracket, you will receive a notice thanking you for your submission:
If you would like to view your prediction bracket, simply click on the link to “View My Prediction.” We recommend saving a copy of your bracket at this point so that you can keep track of how you are doing as the competition progresses. With our online submission system, you can also easily share your prediction bracket via email or social media—a great way to show off how you’re doing, or earn some pity points if your bracket is going poorly.
We are also providing a PDF copy of the bracket here
(for reference only) in case you would like to print a copy of the bracket and fill one in with your class. However, we are not accepting scanned brackets this year
, so make sure that you also submit the bracket online.
Brackets will be accepted through March 16.
A voting survey will be made available on March 17, where you can vote for your picks. Whichever figures have the most votes by the time the survey closes will advance through the round. Actively participating in the survey betters your chances at winning. We will announce via social media when voting for each round has opened.
We cannot stress enough the importance of voting. When the survey goes live, cast your votes! Get your friends to vote for your picks. Teachers, get your students to stuff the survey with favorable votes!
This competition is not solely for bringing glory to your favorite ancient writer or bird. Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is offering book prizes for the brackets that most closely resemble the final results; a $100 book credit will be awarded to the first-place participant, a $50 credit to the second-place participant, and a $25 credit to the third-place participant. Feeling like you no longer stand a chance? Do not give up! There will also be a $25 credit for having the most abysmal bracket!
Be sure to bookmark this post and check back here to access the link to the voting bracket. Also, follow us on Facebook
for updates as the competition progresses.
Remember, brackets close March 16, and the first round of voting will begin March 17.
Bracket and Other Resources
• Access the online bracket
• Round 1: March 17–18
• Round 2: March 19–22
• Round 3 (Sweet 16): March 24–25
• Quarterfinals (Elite 8): March 26–29
• Semifinals (Final 4): March 31–April 1
• Final (Championship): April 4–6
Note that each round of voting will open at 7:30 a.m. central time and close at 4:00 p.m. central time on the designated days.
|Instructors praise LUMINA—B-C’s new interactive learning program|
Available to accompany AP Latin Caesar and Vergil Selections—a splendid tool for AP* Exam review!
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is thrilled with the very positive response from students and instructors alike about this Lumina
content: 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! Features
• Hundreds of automatically-graded multiple choice questions promote close reading of all syllabus selections and provide students with immediate feedback
• Veteran AP Latin teacher Patrick Yaggy has carefully constructed Lumina to model the formatting, terminology, and question-type frequency of the AP Latin exam.
• Multiple choice questions cover every single line of Caesar and Vergil in the AP Latin syllabus.
• 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.
The current version reflects additions and revisions, as well as some corrections, made in response to student and teacher feedback.
An ideal learning tool, for online or in person classes, that provides exceptional AP Exam prep!
To learn more, visit the Lumina: Caesar and Vergil Selections product page and watch the overview video
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an online demonstration.
NB: B-C has also developed Lumina for Latin for the New Millennium, Levels 1 and 2 and for the online self-learning program Artes Latinae, Levels 1 and 2.
|Black Classicists Photography Exhibit|
William Sanders Scarborough and his First Lessons in Greek will be on display, as part of the Black Classicists Photography Exhibit, at a series of schools in the UK.
|Teaching Tips & Resources|
|► Res Ucrainae|
• Reflections on Horatius at the bridge and Ukraine.
• Echoes of the Hagia Sophia in Kyiv.
The Cathedral of St. Sophia, Kyiv, Ukraine. Photo by Francisco Anzola.
Wikimedia Commons. Creative Commons 3.0.
• UNESCO concerns about endangered world heritage sites in Ukraine.
• Ukrainian Galicia and its cultural layers
• The Women’s Classical Conference calendar of online events and programs.
• The lavish tomb of Queen Puabi of Ur.
• The most important Jewish woman of medieval England.
• Medieval queens whose reigns history forgot.
• Women rulers who reshaped the medieval Middle East.
• The remarkable Hypatia.
• Notes on the poet Sappho.
The poetess of Lesbos island Sappho and Alcaeus the guitar player. Natural pigments
on cotton tissue by Theophilos Hatzimhai (1870–1934), probably inspired by
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s painting of 1881. Thephilos Museum,
Mytilene, Greece. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain.
• Sappho live on SNL!
• How a “pagan” Celtic goddess became a Christian saint.
St. Brigid crosses are traditionally made on February 1st
as a rite of spring and then hung over a window or
doorway to keep harm from one’s home.
Wikimedia Commons, Culnacreann, CC BY 3.0.
• Odysseus’s sister and names for in-laws.
► Res Romanae
• Video provides a day in Pompeii.
• The infamous Ninth Legion.
• Dining al fresco at the Villa of Tiberius in Sperlonga.
• Breakfast at Hadrian’s Villa.
• Erosion threatens historic Tipasa, Algeria, and its Roman amphitheater.
• Largest Roman mosaic ever found in London draws much interest.
• Roman shipwreck off the coast of Rhodes.
• Italy requests return of the Doryphoros of Stabiae.
► Res Aegypticae
• Researchers discover how dagger in King Tut’s tomb was forged.
• Excavations uncover tomb of ancient minister of finance.
► Res Hellenicae
• Manhattan DA returns Greek artifacts.
• Significance of the Phaistos disc.
The famous Phaistos disc. Photo by Ostrinstro.
Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons 4.0.
► Res Aliae
• Chinampas—the fabulous floating gardens of Aztec Mexico City—model for the future?
• Scholars give new life to the Mayan book of creation.
• Researchers decipher inscription on 1300-year-old frieze in Mexico.
• Archaeologists uncover weighty matter.
• Cheddar Man’s DNA shared with Englishman.
• Remarkable discovery of Pictish stone in Scotland.
• North West of England yields well-to-do Iron Age settlement.
• Speculation on the Hanging Gardens of King Nebuchadrezzar II of Babylon.
• 524-year-old sturgeon found in medieval royal shipwreck in the Baltic.
|2022 Classics Conferences and Meetings|
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is pleased to be exhibiting in-person or virtually at these conferences of the new academic year.
CAMWS—Classical Association of the Middle West and South118th Annual Meeting
at the Invitation of Wake Forest University
Marriott Winston-Salem, Winston-Salem, NC
March 23–26, 2022B-C Representatives:
B-C Author Presentations:
Thursday, March 24, 2022
CANE—Classical Association of New England 116th Annual Meeting
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA
April 8–9, 2022
Bolchazy-Carducci will provide a virtual
ICMS—International Congress on Medieval Studies57th Congress
will take place online
May 9–14, 2022
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers will participate in the Virtual Exhibit Hall.
College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
June 24–26, 2022
B-C Representatives: Bridget Dean and Donald Sprague
NJCL—National Junior Classical League2022 NJCL Convention
University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Lafayette, LA
July 24–29, 2022B-C Representatives:
Donald Sprague and Amelia Wallace
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