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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…

October 23, 2013

First survey of Latin teachers and students since the 20s Needs Input!

Filed under: announcement — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 5:14 pm
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VIA the LatinTeach list-serv:

Latin teachers and students:pencil

I am writing to request your participation in the National Latin Survey conducted by Teachers College, Columbia University. The purpose of this 10-20 minute survey is to hear from middle and high school students and teachers all across the United States and find out the many different reasons why people study and teach Latin. Your opinion is important because what you say may help authors write new Latin textbooks and provide Latin teachers with valuable information. To access the survey, please click one of the links below:



(Please copy and paste the links in your browser if they are not clickable.)

The last national survey of Latin students and teachers was conducted in the 1920s by the American Classical League. The long-term goals of the project are to produce at least two reports describing the findings; one report will be written for an audience of Latin teachers and the other report will be a full needs analysis study including all the statistical formulae for the applied linguistics community. These reports will be submitted to peer-reviewed journals and be made available to the public for free on the project website. Your participation in the survey is voluntary and your responses will be confidential. Students 12 and younger need parental consent to participate. If you are a teacher and would like your students to participate, please e-mail to request student surveys.

If you encounter any problems while taking the survey, please contact the principal investigator, Elliott Goodman at NationalLatinSurvey2013 AT gmail DOT com

Many thanks,
Elliott Goodman
Latin Teacher and Principal Investigator

October 20, 2013

errare humanum est

Filed under: just for fun,link — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 11:44 am

it’s an eraser

October 10, 2013

links worth clicking

Filed under: just for fun,link — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 7:47 am
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In addition to her duties as Secretary-Treasurer, Laura Owen sometimes lurks on Buzzfeed finding buzzworthy stories to share with us.

Her latest:

17 Things Latin Nerds Know To Be True — “That’s the gospel veritas.”

JFK’s 8th Grade Report Card Is Not What You’d Think — Latin II is always the killer course

Zelda: Completely Translated Into Latin — that’s a Nintendo game from the 80s, for you youngsters out there.

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