Friday, January 30, 2009

a.d. III Kal. Feb.

Saepe, premente deo, fert deus alter opem.

Locus: Tristia 1.2.4

Thursday, January 29, 2009

a.d. IV Kal. Feb.

Crescit in adversis virtus.

Locus: Civil War 3.614

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

a.d. V Kal. Feb.

Deo ducente.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

a.d. V I Kal. Feb.

Saepe tacens vocem verbaque vultus habet.

Locus: Ars Amatoria 1.574

Friday, January 23, 2009

a.d. X Kal. Feb.

Ostendit sermo mores animumque latentem.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

a.d. XI Kal. Feb.

Saevis pax quaeritur armis.
–P. Papinius Statius

Locus: Thebaid 7.554

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

a.d. XII Kal. Feb.

-Motto of Portland, Maine

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Digitally Speaking

Digitally Speaking: Bolchazy-Carducci to Give Keynote Speeches in Norway and Texas
For Immediate Release
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc.
January 19, 2009
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Mundelein, Illinois—What’s New with Old Languages? “Everything,” according to Andrew Reinhard, Director of eLearning for Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers. “Latin and Greek learning has never been more approachable and more user-friendly than right now. We’re giving contemporary Classics students and teachers the tools they need to master Classical languages while having fun doing it.”

Reinhard is getting a reputation, too, after recently completing his second year at Bolchazy-Carducci as its resident dreamer and digital evangelist for Classics. At the recent AIA/APA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, he spoke to the American Philological Association’s (APA) Committee of Classics Librarians on the future of digital publishing for Latin and Greek.

“We’ve partnered with NetLibrary, MyiLibrary, and Questia, to provide our books online to university libraries and their users,” Reinhard told the group. “We’re also planning on doing more with eBooks, subscription websites, and born-digital products, taking more of a blended learning approach to Classics.”

Reinhard will also be providing the keynote speeches at two upcoming Classics conferences. By virtue of eClassics (, the international social network for Classics teachers using technology, and his obsession with leveraging online games and virtual worlds like World of Warcraft and Second Life as viable language-learning platforms, Reinhard will be closing the Computer Games and Antiquity conference hosted by the University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway, on February 21.

At the upcoming Norwegian conference, Reinhard is planning more magic along the lines of what he presented last November as part of the ReLIVE (Researching Learning in Virtual Environments) conference at the Open University in Milton Keynes, England. At that conference, Reinhard successfully demonstrated how Second Life can be used as a place for practicing oral Latin by hosting a live, trans-Atlantic event. Latin speakers from the United States, England, and Sweden, joined Reinhard online at Bolchazy-Carducci’s villa to converse in Latin in real-time in the virtual world.

Regarding the current state of games and language-learning, Reinhard observed that “online games for Latin and Greek are squarely stuck in the 1980s. Old pedagogy. Old technology. As a student, I’d shudder if I had to play another game of vocabulary hangman on my computer. It’s high time we offered a game that helps students learn Latin that is actually fun to play and is visually appealing. The Trondheim conference marks a big step in that direction, and it’s an honor to be recognized as a leader in the learning-via-gaming movement for Classics.”

Norway is not the only stop on Reinhard’s speaking tour. He recently accepted an invitation to present the keynote address and lead a session on eLearning and Classics at the Texas Classical Association’s annual meeting, October 23-24, in Austin.

“Classics teachers at all levels are curious and more than a little skeptical about how technology can help them in the classroom,” Reinhard said. “I plan on making these sessions as interactive as possible, to drop that perceived veil of mystery surrounding things like podcasting, interactive whiteboards, and Web 2.0 (blogs, wikis, social networks, and the like), and show teachers how easy all of this stuff is to use.”

Reinhard knows that there is no substitute for classroom instruction, and doesn’t see books absent from Latin and Greek courses anytime soon. “If I can provide practical, fun applications for Classics teachers and students, giving them something that helps them learn languages in ways never before possible with traditional learning materials and methods, then I am doing my job.”

Recent projects include a Latin grammar website (Looking at Latin Online), vocabulary flashcards for iPod (including Wheelock, AP Vergil, and Latin for the New Millennium), Latin audio on MP3 (Latin Aloud), and a summer webinar series by teachers for teacher education and professional development.

“Providing Latin and Greek educational tools on omnipresent platforms like cell phones and the Internet is what I’m after,” Reinhard said. “We can preserve Latin and Greek, continuing to make them relevant and appealing to a new generation of teachers and students by offering the material to them on technology they already have and know how to use.” Reinhard added, “Latin needs to remain competitive with its modern, ‘world language’ counterparts. Going digital helps us meet that goal.”

With his upcoming speaking engagements, Reinhard plans on bringing the mountain to Mohammed – or maybe Socrates – letting the Classics community in on his digital dreams and plans for the future.

Friday, January 16, 2009

a.d. XVII Kal. Feb.

Tu ne cede malis.

Locus: Aeneid 6.95

Thursday, January 15, 2009

a.d. XVIII Kal. Feb.

Studiis et rebus honestis.

If you enjoy the daily sententiae, be sure to check out Latin Proverbs: Wisdom from Ancient to Modern Times.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

a.d. XIX Kal. Feb.

Iuncta iuvant.
–Motto of Cincinnati

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Id. Ian.

Furor arma ministrat.

Locus: Aeneid 1.150

Friday, January 09, 2009

a.d. V Kal. Ian.

Urbs in horto.
–Motto of Chicago

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Aesop's Fables in Latin

Aesop's Fable's in Latin:
Ancient Wit and Wisdom from the Animal Kingdom

by Laura Gibbs

This intermediate Latin reader includes eighty Aesop’s fables in Latin prose, taken from the seventeenth-century edition illustrated by Francis Barlow. Selected fables include famous tales, such as “The Tortoise and The Hare,” and many intriguing, lesser known stories.

These short and witty fables are ideal for ancillary reading. Each fable in this edition has its own introduction, an engaging grammar overview, and both vocabulary
and grammar notes. Forty illustrations and numerous Latin proverbs spur thought and
discussion. A Latin-English glossary is included, along with a listing of most frequently used Latin words.

  • Comprehensive introduction with Latin Reading Guide: strategies to increase confidence and comprehension
  • 80 Aesop’s fables in Latin, with · introductory comments · handy Dramatis Personae · grammar overview · opposite-page vocabulary notes · same-page grammar notes
  • 40 black-and-white illustrations by Francis Barlow
  • Over 100 thematically relevant Latin proverbs
  • Complete Latin-English glossary
  • Select bibliography for further reading
  • Companion website,, with access to additional reading aids, vocabulary-building word lists, audio recordings, parsing quizzes, crossword puzzles, interactive discussion space, and lots more!

Laura Gibbs teaches online courses in Mythology and Folklore for the University of Oklahoma. She joined the OU faculty in 1999 after completing her PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, where she taught both Latin and Polish. She has translated Aesop’s Fables into English for the Oxford World’s Classicsseries, and developed an ancillary online library of Aesop’s fables in English, Latin, and Greek at She is also the author of Latin Via Proverbs: 4000 Proverbs, Mottoes and Sayings for Students of Latin and a follow-up volume, Vulgate Verses: 4000 Sayings from the Bible. You can find out more about Laura’s teaching and web publications at

xxv + 358pp. (2009) Paperback, ISBN 978-0-86516-695-0

Click here to see Aesop's Fables in Latin at our website.

Companion website at

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

a.d. VII Id. Ian.

Variat omnia tempus.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

a.d. VIII Id. Ian.

Omnes una manet nox.

Locus: Odes 1.28.15

Friday, January 02, 2009

When in Rome: Best Cartoons of Pompeiiana Newsletter

When in Rome:
Best Cartoons of Pompeiiana Newsletter

edited by Marie Carducci Bolchazy

What could be better? A cartoon book full of favorite characters from ancient Greece and Rome—from the mythological gods, heroes, and monsters everybody knows to the infamous protagonists and incidents of notorious history.

These cartoons, imagined and drawn by over a quarter of a century’s worth of talented Latin students and submitted to Pompeiiana, a newsletter by and for Latin students, will draw smiles of recognition from one and all. No arcane knowledge prerequisite to crack a smile!

Who says Classics can’t be funny?

The Pompeiiana Newsletter was published over a period of 26 years, from 1974 to 2003, and was edited by the founder and director Bernard Barcio, emeritus from Butler University in Indianapolis. The newsletters give testimony to the talent, energy, and enthusiasm of Bernard Barcio.

viii + 80pp. (2009) Paperback, ISBN 978-0-86516-717-9

Click here to see When in Rome at our website.