A Letter from the White House

A while back, I caught sight of an interesting and rare note, which was written by President Kennedy, printed in an old Latin textbook. It, evidently, was a reply, in Latin, to a group of high school students who had taken the time to translate the president's inaugural speech into Latin and had sent it …

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Ancient Greek Plays for the Classroom

Antigone and the body of Polynices, Print Collector/Getty Images I was first introduced to Readers Theater plays, or script-stories, when I became a Latin teacher in 2014. They were appropriately aged for my high school classroom, they were short enough that most could be read in a class period, and they served well in both my Latin classes and in …

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Health and Prosperity in the New Year

The Insula Tiberina, or Tiber Island, present day home to the Basilica of S. Bartolomeo and the Fatebenefratelli Hospital Given my peculiar interests, as the new year approaches, I think back to what the ancient Romans thought, celebrated, and, consequently, passed on to us today as we prepare to cross the threshold into a new …

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An Hour: an Imitation of Ovid’s Amores 1.5

These shutters were carbonized and thus preserved in the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. Ovid's Amores 1.5 The Roman poet Ovid (43 BC - AD 17) wrote a collection of elegiac poems, translated as "Loves" or, perhaps more accurately, "Love Affairs," in which he tells of erotic dalliances, the trials of being a lover, …

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