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Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
eLitterae No. 210 July 2023
Donald Sprague, Executive Editor
In this issue:
B-C's Special Distance Learning Content with Complimentary Materials
AP Latin Summer Institutes 2023
Classical Tidbits
2023 Classics Conferences and Meetings
Bolchazy-Carducci eBooks
B-C Roman Calendar
Links of Interest
Editor’s Note
Teaching Tip
Lumina Interactive Online Content
Report from the LXXVI Annual Institute of the American Classical League
Teaching Tips & Resources
eLitterae Subscribers Special Discount
B-C's Special Distance Learning Content with Complimentary Materials
In response to school closures due to COVID-19, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers made a variety of materials available to the classics community. Please see our Distance Learning page to freely access downloadable packets of fair use excerpts from our books as well as some fun mythology-related activities.
AP Latin Summer Institutes 2023
The College Board has made the AP Latin 2023 Free-Response Questions available.
Patrick Yaggy, author of Bolchazy-Carducci’s Lumina: Caesar and Vergil Selections, generously shares his answer suggestions for the AP Latin 2023 free-response questions. Gratias maximas tibi, Magister Yaggy, agimus! Once again, AP Latin students aver that Yaggy’s Lumina provides excellent preparation for the AP Latin Exam!
Classical Tidbits
Driving along US94 from Chicago to Milwaukee, one looks twice in disbelief and wonder.
Onan’s gold pyramid house and statues, Wadsworth, IL. Photo by Chuck Falzone, Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons 2.0.

Indiana Jones sculpture in Ostende, Belgium. Photo by Olivier Duquesne, Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons 2.0.
The latest Indiana Jones invites a closer look about its historical accuracy and the dial of Archimedes.
Check out the trailer for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.

Author Jorge Luis Borges discusses the value of English and its Latin roots.
Celebrating the Second Decade!
Thank you for joining us for our 12th year of providing the classics community this complimentary professional development series of webinars.

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.
Please note: The Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers Webinar Program is intended to be a live interactive endeavor in which presenter and attendees ask questions, make comments, seek clarification, share examples, etc. Thus, by design and in order to protect the presenter’s intellectual property, B-C does not make recordings available to non-attendees. B-C encourages those interested in a given topic or presenter to plan to attend the live webinar.

If you have suggestions for webinars, please contact Don Sprague.

What Equipment Do I Need for B-C Webinars?
To participate in Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers sponsored webinars you will need high-speed internet access, computer speakers/headphones, current web browser, and the link to the webinar virtual meeting space, which is provided in your webinar invitation.

Webinars Make for User-Friendly Professional Development
Participation is free. All webinars provide opportunity for participants to ask questions. Learn lots—attend as many presentations as you can. Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers provides documentation for your participation. You can share this with your supervisors. Many webinar presenters provide handouts, etc.
2023 Classics Conferences and Meetings
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is pleased to be exhibiting in-person
at these conferences of the new academic year.
NJCL—National Junior Classical League
2023 NJCL Convention
Caelum, non animum, mutant qui trans mare currunt.
“They who rush across the sea change their sky, not their soul”
–Horace, Epistles 1.11
Bolchazy-Carducci Representatives: Donald Sprague and Amelia Wallace
Bolchazy-Carducci eBooks
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers provides eTextbooks on a variety of eBook platforms. Bolchazy-Carducci textbooks are available through VitalSource, GooglePlay, Chegg, RedShelf, Adams Book, Follett, MBSDirect Digital, and ESCO. Each eBook platform offers a variety of tools to enhance the learning process. eBooks have the same content as our traditional books in print.
You can read eBooks on a Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, or a variety of eReaders. Review the eBook providers specifications.
B-C Roman Calendar
Image of 2021-2022 Roman Calendar
As is our custom, you can download the Roman Calendar from our website. Feel free to print the calendar for display in your classroom.
This year’s calendar takes you on a journey through the “lesser” gods of the Greek and Roman pantheon. From Nike and Nemesis to Isis and Vertumnus, a variety of gods and goddesses are represented, portrayed as classical statuary, in colorful mosaics, and more!
After a two-year, Covid-driven hiatus, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is pleased to announce that copies of the 2023–2024 Roman Calendar will be sent to teachers via the USPS. If you received a hardcopy prior to Covid, you’re on the mailing list! If you’re new to receiving the print copy, please register to receive your mailed copy of the 2023–2024 Roman Calendar by filling out this form. Deadline is August 14, 2023.
We will also, as has been our recent custom, post a downloadable version of the 2023–2024 Roman Calendar on the B-C website.
Links of Interest
Preview Bolchazy-Carducci Titles
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B-C Blog
Visit the BCPublishers Blog for B-C news and information.
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Editor’s Note
Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Layfolk seldom understand the critical need for teachers to have some down time in the summer. Trust me, I always enjoyed summer adventures and down time with their power to restore energy and make the arrival of the new school year welcome. I especially came to appreciate that summer respite even more when I became an associate principal and worked year-round.

So, as we mark the halfway point of summer, be sure to take time for yourself. Relax, restore, and rejuvenate. This issue’s teaching tip offers a summer reflection exercise that prepares you for the new school year.

A highlight for me each summer is representing Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers at the Annual Institute of the American Classical League. It’s great to catch up with friends and colleagues, to meet those new to the profession or ACL, and to celebrate the past year’s accomplishments. Of course, the celebration of recognizing the year’s ACL Merens Award honorees always stands out as special. This year was special as I personally knew each of the honorees. Fellow New Englander Mark Pearsall graciously welcomed me and made me feel at home when I first began attending CANE (Classical Association of New England) annual meetings. I served as editor for Ronnie Ancona and coauthor David Murphy’s A Horace Workbook and Horace: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader. Nava Cohen I first met years ago when we were both teaching Latin and participating in the Illinois Classical Conference. While I knew of John Gruber-Miller and especially his commitment to pedagogy, I became more impressed as I learned more about him and came to know him better when my former student Phil Venticinque joined the classics faculty at Cornell College. Four outstanding teachers, classicists, and servants of the classics community. Congratulations!

Do, please, be sure to make time for yourself before school gears up. You have certainly earned it.

All good wishes for the rest of the summer.

All best,
Don Sprague
Executive Editor
Please be sure to see the announcement in this issue about registering for a print copy of the 2023–2024 Roman Calendar to be mailed to you.
Teaching Tip
Reflection: Looking Back to Look Forward
The energy at the end of the school year is intense. We wrap up projects and presentations with our students, we administer final exams, we finish grade calculations, we attend last faculty meetings and socials, and we celebrate graduation. As the dust has settled and we are enjoying summer, it’s a great moment to take stock on the previous school year and look forward to the next one. Reflection is a powerful tool for both wrapping up and looking ahead. Consider devoting a little time to a simple exercise that will help you celebrate your success and bring some priorities into focus for next year.

Reflection takes time and the right frame of mind. Make sure that the busyness of the last instructional days is sufficiently behind you. When you are ready, carve out an hour or so to reflect on the past academic year. Here’s a process that has worked well for me over the past several years.

As you’re reflecting, keep in mind as many of the following areas as speak to you: instruction, planning, classroom management, connection with students, connection with colleagues, and cocurriculars.
  1. Begin by thinking back to the highlights of the last academic year. What have been your successes? Allow yourself a few moments to celebrate them!
  2. Are there ways that come to mind that you can build on any of these successes for the coming year?
  3. Think about some of the challenges of the last academic year. What surfaces as being significant? What good came out of these challenging experiences?
  4. Do any of the challenges you experienced feel meaningful to focus on this summer? If so, how might you do that (a book, a conversation with a colleague, a workshop)?
Wishing you a restful and rejuvenating rest of summer!
Lynne West
Sunodia Educational Consulting
Lynne West is a veteran teacher and teacher leader in K–12 schools. She earned her teaching credentials at Santa Clara University, her master’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. In 2016, as a Fulbright Distinguished Teaching awardee, West studied pedagogy at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She founded Sunodia Educational Consulting to share her passion for teaching with her fellow educators by providing creative, tailored, and patient professional development services.
Lumina Interactive Online Content
Lumina: Latin for the New Millennium Level 1 and
Level 2 is designed to be guided online practice to accompany the Latin for the New Millennium textbooks.
Lumina: Caesar and Vergil Selections offers online interactive exercises designed to prepare students for the rigors of the AP® Latin exam. Hundreds of automatically-graded multiple choice questions promote close reading of all syllabus selection lines and provide students with immediate feedback. Ample free response questions ensure that students have the tools to thoroughly analyze and respond to syllabus passages. Practice exams prepare students for exam format, while vocabulary and figures of speech flashcards encourage additional self-review.
If you would like to request a live online meeting to learn more,
email Lumina@
Report from the LXXVI Annual Institute of the American Classical League
The splendid campus of Washington University of St. Louis provided a welcoming if steamy site for the 76th Annual Institute of the American Classical League. Nearly two hundred classicists descended on Danforth University Center for registration, meals, and the broad range of presentations on the program. In addition to the on-campus attendees, those unable to attend appreciated the opportunity to pursue this special professional development remotely. The energy and enthusiasm of the group generated a steady buzz throughout the institute.
Coffee breaks took place in the foyer of Umrath Hall while the exhibitors, a recent record number, filled the wood-beamed main meeting hall. The Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers trio, president Bridget Dean, her ten-year-old daughter Liz, and Don Sprague, settled into the cozy mini-apse at the back of the hall. Four tables teemed with beloved and iconic titles alongside the new koine Greek titles—Reading the Gospel of St. John in Greek and New Testament Greek: A Reading Course. One of the four tables honored ACL Merens Awardee Ronnie Ancona with a display of books she has authored or coauthored as well as the nineteen BC Latin Readers for which she served as series editor.
Liz Dean and Don Sprague staff the B-C exhibit.
New Testament titles.
The BC Latin Readers and other titles honor author and editor Ronnie Ancona.
Despite hot temperatures and high humidity, renovation construction that turned Danforth University Center into a labyrinth, and intermittent deluges replete with thunder and lightning, the institute proved a great success. And, mirabile visu, the skies cleared and the heat dropped a bit Saturday evening as folks made their way across campus for the annual banquet. The catering team did a terrific job efficiently delivering meals in the special setting of the RISA Commons meeting hall. Ut mos est, the banquet’s high point was the Merens Awards presentations. ACL president Jennie Luongo masterfully proclaimed the citations for the four recipients. Multum in parvo. Brava, Madam President!
Walking the quad provided relief from hanging at
the B-C exhibit for Liz.

Photos show in the distance and close up the damage
from Friday night’s storm.

A view of the banquet hall
ACL Executive Director Sherwin Little poses with B-C President
Bridget Dean and daughter Liz.

2023 Merens honoree Mark Pearsall and 2009 Merens honoree Carlene Craib.
Carlene knew, from the first day that her student teacher Mark Pearsall taught
at Westford High School (Westford, MA), that he was destined for a great
career as a Latin teacher.

2023 Merens Award honorees John Gruber-Miller, Ronnie Ancona, Nava Cohen,
and Mark Pearsall. Photo by Jessica Anderson.

Thanks to those who braved the heat to visit us in Umrath Hall. We look forward to seeing all of you at Institute 77 in Tucson next June!
Teaching Tips & Resources
Social Justice
• Civil war destroys Sudan’s cultural centers.

• Ukraine art evacuated to Louvre.

• Crimean treasures headed to Ukraine.

• The Netherlands repatriates looted artifacts.

• Laocoon attackers sentenced.

• Heads and torsos raise questions.

• Met loses headless emperor.
► Res Romanae
• Roman watchtower discovered in Switzerland.

• Notes on Hannibal.

• Romans covered bodies with gypsum. Why?

• Piazza Armerina mosaics gains UNESCO listing.
Exotic animal trade depicted in one of the famous frescoes from the
Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina. Photo by Debrauni,
Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons 4.0.

• Site of Caesar’s assassination now open to the public.
A panoramic view of the Area Sacra shows the four Republican-era temples that sit
several layers below the busy Largo Argentina of today. Photo by Jean-Christophe
Benoist, Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons 3.0.

• Croatian coast yields 2,200-year-old shipwreck.

• While off Israel’s coast . . .

• Rare mausoleum unearthed in London.

• Stunning bronze statues go on view.

• Roman forts in Scotland.

• Modern medicine in ancient Rome.

• Pompeii victims to earthquake not volcano.

Much ado in Pompeii: pizza or focaccia?
• And, from USA Today and the BBC.
• While The Guardian takes yet another tack . . .

• Is Herculaneum the best-preserved Roman city in Italy?

• Aqueduct and fancy burials under parking garage in Serbia.

• Like what did the Romans smell?

• Vergil quote found on Roman jar fragment.
Res Hellenicae
• Spartans outdone?

Lions in ancient Greece.
Lion’s mouth serves as water spout. Now in the museum, it originally was part of
the pediment on the Temple of Apollo, Delphi. Photo by Zde, Wikimedia
Commons, Creative Commons 4.0.

• The Iliad and Dark Age allegories.

Everyday objects from ancient Greece.

• Temple complex reveals a tsunami of offerings.

• Subatomic particles help find ancient Greek catacombs.
Res Aegypticae
• Necropolis uncovers stunning finds.

• Archaeologists discover mummification workshops.

• Queen’s bracelets contain first evidence of trade between Egypt and Greece.
Res Aliae Antiquae
• Monumental Mesolithic pits discovered in England.

• Visakhapatnam, India, excavations document ancient East/West trade.
The Chaitya Griha, Buddhist prayer hall, in Thotlakonda, Visakhapatnam.
Photo by iMahesh, Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons 4.0.

• Artifacts show the Copper Age “Ivory Lady” wielded extraordinary power.

• Mosul Cultural Museum to reopen in 2026.

• Spectacular sword from 3,000 years ago “almost shines.”

• Penn Museum on ancient food and flavor.

• First recorded kiss even earlier than thought.

• 3,000-year-old shipwreck awaits rescue.

• Bakery and its 3,000-year-old flour found in Armenia.

• Oldest known blueprints discovered.

• 4,000-year-old “Stonehenge” found in Holland.

• Oldest ever Neanderthal carvings unearthed.

• Mysterious boats painted in Australian cave identified.

Israeli settlement threatens UNESCO site.

• “Completely unique” 2,700-year-old rock carvings found in Sweden.
► Res Post-Antiquae
• The island state that dominated medieval East Africa.

• Construction reveals Viking city.

• Ibn Hawqal, the world’s first travel writer.
Ibn Howqal’s tenth-century map of the world, housed in the Iraq
National Museum. Scan by Zereshk, Wikimedia Commons,
Creative Commons 3.0.

Ziggurat attracted European pilgrims.

• Thomas Cromwell’s prayer book discovered in plain sight.

• Unraveling the myth of “Dark Ages.”

• Medieval secrets hidden in books.

• Authentic manuscript of a medieval comedy show.
► Res Pre-Columbianae
• The last ancient Hawaiian temple is partially restored.

• Mayan city hidden in the jungle for a thousand years.

• Underground maze leads to Zapotec underworld.
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