The Louisiana Classicist

February 18, 2013

Latin in the News — and the reporter who got the scoop!

Filed under: just for fun — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 6:57 pm
Tags: ,

Tip of the Hat to Nathalie Roy (Episcopal, BR) for this link to the story from Memoria Press.

When Pope Benedict XVI recently abdicated the papacy, he did it in a speech that was supposed to be about the canonization of three saints. But all of a sudden, he began almost whispering in Latin. Giovanna Chirri, the Vatican reporter for ANSA, the leading news wire service in Italy, was covering the regularly scheduled speech. She immediately realized what the Pope was saying. She knew Latin. She quickly called Vatican spokesman Frederico Lombardi to confirm what she thought she had heard: that Benedict was going to do something that no pope had done for 717 years: voluntarily step down from his office.

Video of the Pope’s speech via the Vatican’s video website, Radio Vaticana

Text transcript of Pope Benedict’s speech via the Vatican‘s website


May 24, 2010

recognition for two Louisiana Classicists

Filed under: announcement — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 11:42 am
Tags: , ,

Nathalie Roy (Episcopal, Baton Rouge) forwards these two announcements from CAMWS:


Winners of the Teacher Training Award for 2009-2010 were:

* Ryan G. Sellers, Memphis University School
* Daniel N. Ristin, Regina Dominican High School
* John T. Young, Browning School
* Lindsay S. Herndon, Spotsylvania High School
* Rebecca Westgate, St. Vincent’s Academy
* Andrew M. O’Brien, St. Paul’s Episcopal School

New Director of the Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome

Professor Susann S. Lusnia, FAAR’96, has been appointed to a three-year term as the Director of the Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome, starting in 2011. She will succeed Professor Gregory S. Bucher of Creighton University, Director of the Classical Summer School for the years 2008-2010.

An Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Tulane University, Dr. Lusnia teaches courses in Roman art and archaeology, topography of ancient Rome, architecture of the Roman Empire, Pompeii, and ethics in archaeology. She has excavated at Carthage and Troy.

Before coming to Tulane University in 2000, she taught at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (1999-2000, now Randolph College) and the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (1998-99).

“Precious few know Rome, the Academy, and its Classical Summer School as well as Susann Lusnia,” remarked AAR Mellon Professor T. Corey Brennan (FAAR’88) of the appointment. “Susann taught for two years in Rome at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, had two additional years in the city as a Rome Prize Fellow, and also is a past Assistant Director of the Academy’s Summer School. And for almost a decade, she has taken on leadership roles – Secretary, Vice-President, and most recently as President – in the Classical Society of the American Academy in Rome, the organization that provides crucial scholarship aid to students in the Summer School. Susann Lusnia is an expert on a dazzling range of topics in Roman studies, and has won Tulane’s top undergraduate teaching award. The Academy is genuinely blessed to have her as Greg Bucher’s successor.”

In addition to the two-year Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize (The Frank Brown-Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1994-6), Dr. Lusnia has received a Fulbright Grant for research in Italy (1991-2), a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society (2005), and the Suzanne & Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow award for excellence in undergraduate teaching at Tulane University (2007).

Dr. Lusnia is the author of the forthcoming book, Creating Severan Rome: The Architecture and Self-Image of L. Septimius Severus, published in Collection Latomus (Bruxelles). She has published articles and reviews in American Journal of Archaeology, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Classical Journal, Latomus, New England Classical Journal, and Traumatology, as well as a chapter contributed to the volume Representations of War in Ancient Rome, edited by Sheila Dillon and Katherine Welch, published by Cambridge University Press in 2006 and just released in a paperback edition in 2009.

Dr. Lusnia received her B.A. in Latin from Mary Washington College (now University of Mary Washington) in 1985. She earned her M.A. (1990) and Ph.D. (1998) in Classics, with a concentration in classical archaeology, at University of Cincinnati.

The Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome was established in 1923 for high school teachers and graduate students of Latin, ancient history and the classics, but its audience has become more varied over the years, including college teachers and those working in related fields. It is designed to provide participants with a well-founded understanding of the growth and development of the ancient city of Rome and its immediate environs from the earliest times to the age of Constantine through a careful study of material remains and literary sources.

Information on the upcoming 2010 program.

Well done, Susann and Andrew!

May 6, 2010

Latinists in the LSU Reveille, 6 May 2010

Filed under: just for fun — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 9:30 am
Tags: , , ,

Several current LSU Latin students, including recent scholarship winner James Hamilton, participated in an article on local historical fighting clubs.

Fighters practice chivalry sport in Baton Rouge

By Elizabeth Clausen

Forget Fight Club — those who want to test their strength in battle need look no further than the Baton Rouge area.

Ordo Procinctus is a medieval-inspired fighting group fusing modern technique with the weapons-based style of the Middle Ages.

. . .

Ludus Tigridum offers students a chance to release their inner gladiators.

“The name means ‘School of the Tigers,’” said James Hamilton, Latin junior.

Hamilton started the group last year to promote classical studies through authentic Roman entertainment.

Create a free website or blog at

%d bloggers like this: