The Louisiana Classicist

August 4, 2017

poll #1

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August 3, 2017

schools seeking Latin teachers

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 8:04 am

There are currently two positions open in Louisiana

Riverdale High School
240 Riverdale Dr.
Jefferson, La. 70058

“Immediate Latin Teacher opening at “A” rated IB traditional public school.Fall Semester Latin I/II Spring Semester Latin III/IV.”

Glasgow Middle School
1676 Glasgow Ave
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

“We are in need of a Latin A/B, I, II teacher.The current textbooks are Ecce Romani and several others.”

September 12, 2016

2016 Annual meeting

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 5:39 pm

From Nathalie Roy

The Louisiana Classical Association’s fall gathering will be held at LSU, Hodges Hall 324, on Saturday, October 8, 2016, with morning refreshments and fellowship starting at 8:30 AM and presentations at 9:00 AM. Presentations will include an interactive session on gamifying your formative assessments and another on a new venture about ancient leadership. Our annual meeting will begin at 11 AM. The gathering will conclude around noon with a lunch option at a nearby restaurant. Please note that the Louisiana Junior Classical League’s Fall Forum will begin at 1 PM at St. Joseph’s Academy, near LSU’s campus.

Please let us know if you’ll be able to attend! You should be receiving an email message from our secretary, Graham Waddill, soon with registration and annual dues payment information.

On a personal note, I truly enjoy these annual gatherings because I never get to see any of you ever, and you should all come. There will be time built into our schedule to visit with others and share flood stories and classroom successes. Please come!

– Nathalie


October 14, 2015

LSMSA Seeking Temporary Help in the Spring

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From Louisiana School for Math, Science and Arts:

Greetings from Natchitoches! My name is Kristi Key, and I’m the new Director of Academic Services at The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. We have a thriving Latin program here at LSMSA, but our resident Latin professor is going on sabbatical this Spring. Our hopeful replacement finds herself committed elsewhere, and so I am writing to inquire if you know of any recent graduates who may be interested in relocating to Natchitoches for the Spring to teach two sections of Latin 1 and one section of Latin 2.

Contact Ms. Key at kkey AT lsmsa DOT edu for more details.

Nathalie Roy also mentions that The Dunham School in Baton Rouge might still be seeking someone to cover some Maternity Leave. No further details on that possibility though.

October 9, 2015

Fall 2015 Meeting + Schedule

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 6:46 am

Here is the program for the Fall 2015 Meeting of the Louisiana Classical Association:

9:00–9:30: Registration and Coffee

9:30–10:20: Session One

Kevin Woram, Tulane University, “The Roman Military Marriage Ban: Re-examining its Actual Effects on Soldiers’ Lives”

Mary-Evelyn Farrior, Tulane University, “The Contrada Agnese Project: A Survey of Recent Fieldwork at Morgantina (Enna, Sicily)”

10:20–10:30: Coffee Break

10:45–11:35: Session Two

Willie Major, Louisiana State University, “Hercules vs. the Year 2014: Using Three New Movies in the Classroom”

Nathalie Roy, Episcopal High School of Baton Rouge, “Service Learning with Latin”

11:35–11:50: Coffee Break

11:50–12:30: Business Meeting

October 5, 2015

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An announcement from Emily Batinski (LSU):

Julius Caesar, De Bello Gallico et al., 1450-1475 Manuscript on vellum, illuminated by the Hippolyta Master, Italy, Milan, c. 1450-1475

How to Make Latin Prose Easier to Read: Techniques for Simplifying Complicated Syntax

Do your students panic when faced with a syntactically complex sentence in prose? Are they unsure even where to start? This webinar will offer some strategies for demystifying Latin prose syntax. Using examples from Caesar’s De Bello Gallico and Cicero’s Pro Caelio, we will work through strategies that will increase students’ confidence in reading Latin prose. Materials for the webinar will be available as downloadable documents in advance from Google Drive.

Monday, October 12, 2015

6:30 p.m. EST

Presenter:  Victoria Jordan, who teaches Latin (and sometimes Greek) at the Ellis School in Pittsburgh, spent the summer reading Dante in Sienna as part of an NEH institute. She received her PhD from Boston College with a specialization in the development of Latin in late antiquity and the concomitant emergence of vernacular languages.

This webinar is a project of the National Committee for Latin and Greek. There is no fee for participation; to register contact

January 28, 2014

Using Science to find Cause of Death … in Ancient Skeletons

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New Scientist – Black Death may have scuppered Roman Empire 

October 27, 2013

ancient Greek music – with sound

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  • A reconstruction by Dr. David Creese is available on BBC’s website, along with a nice article about Greek music and how we know what we know about it.
  • Archaeology Magazine provided a longer sample of Dr. Creese’s work at Soundcloud:
  • Stefan Hagel has recreated several fragments using computer-generated sounds. Here is his version of the Seikilos song. Also of interest is his page on Homeric Singing.
  • The German group Melpomen works with a musical archaeologist to create music on period instruments.
  • William Johnson at the University of Cincinnati has images of some of the fragments showing musical notation that has made these acoustic reconstructions possible. Unfortunately, his website, ca. 2010, uses a quicktime plugin for sounds, which most modern browsers avoid.

And a few more versions of Seikilos just to show the variety of interpretations…

June 28, 2013

Dispatches from ACL Institute day 1

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WP_000609 (1)Maggie Wrenn and Ann Ostrom drove from Baton Rouge to theUniversity of Memphis on Wednesday. Here is Ann’s report:

We did not participate in any pre-Institute workshops, but chose instead to find barbecue at Central BBQ.

WP_000612 (1)Sessions did not begin on Thursday until 1:30, so we took the opportunity to do some sightseeing. Graceland? Beale Street? Fie on these places. We happened upon Rhodes College and decided to wander around the grounds. The buildings were lovely Tennessee limestone (I think, I’m no geologist), and the campus library was full of cushy chairs and nooks for studying.

Then it was off to the Brooks Museum of Art, which houses some nice classical pieces, including a Roman Lar, a mosaic featuring the head of a bull, and a head of Nero. [pictures will follow later when internet connection is more reliable.]

American Classical League

American Classical League

After lunch, the sessions began, and the teaching resources and materials area opened! On the first day alone, presenters shared with their audiences such varied topics as themes and essential questions in the AP test, projects, Aphrodite in art in Boston, using technology, AP statistical results, report on online contests, kinds and strategies of assessment, and the image of home in the Aeneid. Something for almost everyone (a Greek topics will show up on Day 2).

I feel I learned or could adapt something from each of the workshops I saw that first day. AP remains a personal challenge to me, but I have a few new things I might like to try this year, and Bob Cape’s comments about student performance this year helped solidify some things about AP grading and scoring for me.

However, I now have to complain about the fact that, because I was attending some popular talks, I did not always receive a handout. Worse, very few people (but not none, so yay for the technocrats) said they could provide us with a link to the handout in some sort of cloud storage; most apologized and asked that we send an email to request a copy later. [As I write this in the middle of Day 2, this problem of handouts and lack of cloud sharing continues.]

We are not the only members of a Louisiana contingent; Willie Major is presenting on Greek on Day 2, and Dennis Webb is also here in his capacity as a committee member in the NJCL.

Another report on Day 2 will follow!

June 12, 2013

Dr. Major in Print Again

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Brought to my attention by the keen-eyed Nathalie Roy (Episcopal, BR):

Friend, colleague, and enthusiastic ally of the Classics — Wilfred Major has an article in The Classical Journal 108.2 (April-May 2013), entitled “STAGING ANDROMEDA IN ARISTOPHANES AND EURIPIDES.” The abstract from the CAMWS website reads:

Aristophanes’ parody of Euripides’ Andromeda (Th. 1011-1100) allows for more recovery of the blocking of both the parody and original than has been recognized. Inlaw in the parody (Andromeda in the original) should be bound and immobile to one side of the performance space, while Echo, Euripides (as Perseus), and his helpers enter and exit from the opposite side, with the Scythian guard controlling the center.

As of this writing, his article is not yet available in full at JSTOR.


Corinthian Vase depicting Perseus, Andromeda and Ketos


And, not to digress too much, this spring Willie presented a little talk to the Latin, Greek, and theater students of Runnels School (BR) on the topic of theater in ancient Greece. The talk was part archaeology, part history, part material culture, accompanied by several images. He worked his magic and turned our students into a chorus of frogs. Take advantage of the dynamic resource we have in Willie Major, and consider inviting him to your school.

brekekekex koax koax!

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