The Louisiana Classicist

September 13, 2010

decorative cavalry helmet found in England

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Two articles, with slightly different images

Roman cavalry helmet found with metal detector may go abroad at auction

Rare Roman helmet and face-mask discovered


New Production of I, CLAVDIVS for BBC Radio 4

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New Production of I, CLAVDIVS for BBC Radio 4

Derek Jacobi returns to I, Claudius after 34 years, in new Radio 4 series

Star of landmark 1976 BBC dramatisation will perform on radio, not TV – but this time he will take the role of the emperor Augustus

March 24, 2010

links, 24 March 2010

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  • Lava bread, anyone? (20 March 2010) via N. S. Gill’s Ancient History Blog

    “THE LAST patrons who stood at the L-shaped counter of Pompeii’s best-known snack bar eating the house-speciality – baked cheese smothered in honey – had to leave in a hurry owing to violent volcanic activity. But after an unforeseen break in business of 1,921 years, the former holiday hotspot of ancient Rome’s in-crowd will finally re-open for business tomorrow.”

  • All Things Greek: To Hellenic and Back (24 March 2010) thanks to Willie Major (LSU) for the heads-up

    “They’ve rallied, all right—going on strike and staging protests in the streets of Athens. Meanwhile, publishing houses and movie studios throughout the West enrich themselves with stories and characters drawn from the old Greek world: a boomlet of Hellenic novels and movies that culminates on April 2 with the big-budget 3-D remake of Clash of the Titans. I’d call all this appropriation ironic, but it would only rub salt in the wound: the Greeks invented irony too.”

March 18, 2010

links, 18 March 2010

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  • All Symbolic Roads… from The Smart Set“Ancient Rome and America: The classical influence that shaped our nation.” Through August 1. National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA.
    • “The funny thing about Rome is that anyone can invoke it. The whole death-to-Caesar thing is popular. John Wilkes Booth seems like something of a quack, quoting Brutus’ “Sic semper tyrannis” as he jumped to the stage after shooting Lincoln. But Abigail Adams thought the same of George III, and signed her wartime letters to her husband John with the name “Portia” — Brutus’ wife.”
  • A comment on Robert Harris’ Lustrum in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review:
    • “A dense atmosphere full of mystery and horror wafts through the opening of Robert Harris’ Lustrum, the second part of his trilogy about the life of Marcus Tullius Cicero, the man from Arpinum, the homo novus, the pater patriae.”

January 15, 2010

Terence Awards: Competition for Student Video Projects

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The Second Annual Terence Awards for Classics Student Films (aka the “Terrys”) is currently accepting video submissions. The deadline for submissions is May 30th, 2010. This year there are cash and book prizes to be awarded to junior high and high school students, college students, and international students of Latin and Greek. If either you or your students have created class project videos (or made a movie with Classical themes in it just for fun), please enter them in the contest. Click here for the official rules. Good luck! Thanks to ETC (Excellence Through Classics) and Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers for sponsoring the prizes this year.

Feel free to re-post this call-for-entries on your regional or local discussion lists, websites, etc. If you have any questions, email me off-list.

Andrew Reinhard

areinhard AT bolchazy DOT com
Director of eLearning
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers

A more complete list of rules for creation and submission may be found at the Promote Latin site

(Replace the AT and DOT with the proper symbols for Mr. Reinhard’s email.)

December 23, 2009

2010 Educational Seminars: To Greece or Italy

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The 2010 Educational Seminars: To Greece or Italy


2010 Greece Classics Summer Seminar

Program Overview

The Greece Classics Summer Seminar or the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) Summer Sessions’ is a six-week intensive introduction to Greece from antiquity through the modern period. The program is open to U.S. high school or college teachers of Greek, Latin, Ancient Studies, or the Classics. The program emphasizes the topography and monuments of Greece in their historical context, the interpretation of literature and historical writings, and how ancient sources may be used to interpret archaeological discoveries.

2010 Italy Classics Summer Seminar

Program Overview

The Classical Summer School is designed to provide its participants with an understanding of the development of the ancient city of Rome and its immediate environs from the earliest settlements to the age of Constantine through a careful study of material remains and literary sources. The eight-week program is open to high school teachers of Latin, Greek or Classical Studies. The development of architecture, sculpture, painting, the ‘minor’ arts, and inscriptions of the republican and imperial city will be studied as they reflect the continuous expansion of Roman power and cultivation. Participants in the program will learn to read the material remains by becoming familiar with the techniques of interpreting ancient city planning, architecture, and the various forms of art. The second phase of the program is conducted by the Vergilian Society at Cumae and focuses on the social history of ancient Greeks, Romans, and others along the Bay of Naples.

All travel and program expenses are supported by U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Commissions in Athens and Rome and administered by American Councils for International Education, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the American Academy in Rome and the Vergilian Society at Cumae

For additional program information and an application for the 2010 Educational Seminars please visit: American Councils for International Education

posted to the latinteach listserv by Timothy Hair.

December 1, 2009

the spirit of the season

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Gaudium Mundi: Latin Christmas Carols

a blog maintained by Laura Gibbs of the University of Oklahoma.  A sample:

“Carol of the Day
December 1. The Latin holiday songs for today are: Rudolphus, a Latin version of “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” along with Puer Natus in Bethlehem.”

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