The Louisiana Classicist

November 9, 2014

in memoriam

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Louisiana and the world of classics have lost two longtime friends and supporters.

Carlos Fandal

Carlos Fandal

Jane Webb informs us of the passing of Carlos Fandal, retired professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, at the end of October. From his obituary:

Carlos Fandal was also a life-long advocate for the study of Latin and the classics. He helped found the Louisiana Classical Association, which he served as an officer and as editor of The Classicist. He proposed the project for developing Latin programs for teaching Latin in rural Louisiana and participated in an NEH seminar in Rome in 1989 on “Roman Art in a Social Context.”


Bonnie Owens

Bonnie Owens

Earlier this week, we also lost Bonnie Owens from Denham Springs High School, suddenly and unexpectedly.  Bonnie had previously taught at the Dunham School and Hosanna Christian Academy.  She also served as Louisiana Junior Classical League’s State Chair, and continued to sponsor the Denham Springs Chapter of JCL.

We offer condolences to their families, friends, and colleagues.

June 16, 2014

Tulane Egyptologist to speak in Baton Rouge, June 17

Filed under: announcement,meetings — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 11:40 am
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TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014

Tulane Egyptologist Melinda Nelson-Hurst investigates one of the items in the university’s collection of ancient Egypt artifacts. (Photo from Melinda Nelson-Hurst)

Dr. Melinda Nelson-Hurst (Tulane University)

5:30-7:30 p.m., Louisiana Art and Science Museum

To solve mysteries, Egyptologists not only search for clues about artifacts buried in the ground. They also explore those hidden from view in museum storage. For the past two years, Egyptologist Dr. Melinda Nelson-Hurst with Tulane University has been studying Tulane’s collection, including two mummies that were publicly unwrapped in the 1850s. Despite their sensational past – including having resided in a football stadium – and some relatively recent anthropological research, little was known about these artifacts until Dr. Nelson-Hurst and a physical anthropologist colleague at Tulane began to study them.

This talk is co-sponsored by the Louisiana Interest Group of the American Research Center in Egypt and the Louisiana Art and Science Museum.

The event will be held at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum (100 S River Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70802).

Read more here

May 28, 2014

position available for Fall 2014

Filed under: opportunities — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 2:55 pm
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Glasgow Middle in East Baton Rouge Parish is looking to replace their current Latin teacher, who is retiring. At present this teacher travels between Glasgow, McKinley HS and Westdale Middle. No information on whether this arrangement will continue, but the principals would like to continue offering Latin. Contact Principal Dianne Talbot at

1676 Glasgow Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
PH 225-925-2942; FAX 225-928-3565

April 16, 2014

Report from LCA 2014

Filed under: announcement,meetings — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 8:10 am

This post is not a replacement of the secretary’s minutes, but a general observation of the events of the meeting.

Look for an invitation to join an LCA Facebook Group!

CAMWS wants to give you money — investigate the BIG Initiative

Last but not least, introducing the Officers of LCA for 2014-15:

  • President Richard Warga
  • Vice President Kris Fletcher
  • Secretary/Treasurer Graham Waddill
  • Blog Administrator Ann Ostrom

March 10, 2014

date of LCA 2014

Filed under: announcement,meetings — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 7:06 am

The next meeting of the Louisiana Classical Association will be April 12, 9am until noon in Baton Rouge on the LSU campus.  More details still forthcoming, but Rich Warga (LSU) and Kris Fletcher (LSU) will both be presenting on topics of interest.  Stay tuned, and save the date!

Council of the gods during the Trojan War. From left to right: Ares, Aphrodite or Eos (?), Artemis, Apollo, Zeus, Athena, Hera, Demeter or Thetis.  CLASSICAL ART RESEARCH CENTRE and THE BEAZLEY ARCHIVE

Council of the gods during the Trojan War. From left to right: Ares, Aphrodite or Eos (?), Artemis, Apollo, Zeus, Athena, Hera, Demeter or Thetis.

January 29, 2014

advice from the Ancient Greeks – alcohol

Filed under: just for fun,link — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 10:26 am
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Youth krater Museum of Cycladic Art 781

I just came across this little tidbit of advice from Ancient Greece on drinking, via New Republic Magazine:

I mix three drinks for the temperate:
One for health, which they empty first,
The second for love and pleasure,
The third for sleep.
When these cups are emptied, the wise go home.
The fourth drink is ours no longer, but belongs to violence,
The fifth to uproar,
The sixth to drunken revelry,
The seventh to black eyes,
The eighth to the police,
The ninth to anger,
And the tenth to madness and the hurling of furniture.

A little late for New Year’s Eve parties, but still in plenty of time for Mardi Gras!  However I couldn’t let the quote from “Semele or Dionysus” go unverified, so a little digging turned up a reference to Eubolus, middle comic poet of the early 4th century BCE.  Then the rabbit hole led me to a lovely article on the website of BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), with a more literal translation of the section of the play (follow the link for Greek vocabulary too):

I mix three kraters only for those who are wise.
One is for good health, which they drink first.
The second is for love and pleasure.
The third is for sleep, and when they have drunk it those who are wise wander homewards.
The fourth is no longer ours, but belongs to arrogance.
The fifth leads to shouting.
The sixth to a drunken revel.
The seventh to black eyes.
The eighth to a summons.
The ninth to bile.
The tenth to madness, in that it makes people throw things.

Here’s to health, and not throwing things!

January 28, 2014

Using Science to find Cause of Death … in Ancient Skeletons

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 6:28 am

New Scientist – Black Death may have scuppered Roman Empire 

November 10, 2013

apps and programs collection

Filed under: resources — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 9:01 am
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Douris Man with wax tablet

Yuri Weydling (BRMHS, Baton Rouge) shared this link with me:

Roman Ruins HD for iPad

I am not an ipad user myself, but are there other apps for apple or android devices that you find useful in teaching? Share with the class (i.e., comment below please)!

I will add that my favorite flashcard program is called Anki — there are versions for web-based browsers, desktop (Win / Mac / Lin), and various mobile devices, all able to be synced so your progress on your deck(s) is the same no matter where you are practicing.

October 30, 2013

tangentially Latin

Filed under: just for fun — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 4:41 pm
dr phibes

dr phibes

For the daring, I present Dr. Phibes and the Ten Plagues of Egypt performing  heavy metal versions of selections from Orff’s Carmina Burana. No actual lyrics, only instrumentals.

In the spirit of Halloween or something.

October 27, 2013

ancient Greek music – with sound

Filed under: just for fun,link,Uncategorized — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 7:28 am
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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…

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