Summer Online Courses at Montclair State

Seen on the Classics list:

Next week the first of a series of summer terms begins at Montclair State University. There is plenty of time to register for those courses that begin in early June or even later — some do not begin until August 8th. We have fairly complete program in Classics as well as Humanities running this summer, nearly all online. Some of the standout courses

GNHU320-­-91 (19627)Special TopicsinInterdisciplinaryHuman

ities: BruceSpringsteen,TheManandtheMusic (online) GNHU320-­-92(11200)SpecialTopicsinInterdisciplinaryHumanities:Classics&Cinema (online) GNHU332-­-91 (11185) Special Topicsin Ancient History: Alexander the Great (online) GNHU283-­-91(10623)Women,SexandGenderintheAncientWorld(online) GNHU/REG209-­-91(10617)Introduction toGreekand RomanReligion (online) Some of these can be taken for graduate credit, if special arrangements are made with the instructor.

 Plus our regular offerings :  GNHU 115 (Troy and the Trojan War) (online) , GNHU 201 (General Humanities I F2F and 1 online section) , GNHU 202 (General Humanities II F2F ), GNHU 281 (Greek Civilization , online), GNHU 282 (Roman Civilization, online), GNHU 285 (Mythology, all sections online) . We also offer Latin I and II online

You can see all our Summer and Fall courses at

It is easy for non-MSU students (even high school students) to take summer courses. See the summer sessions page at

And also for visiting students

Finally, for those desiring to participate in an archaeological excavation this summer, on June 28 our fifth year of excavation at the ‘Villa of the Antontines’ at Genzano di Roma, Italy. There is still time to get on board, but you must contact Tim Renner (rennert AT For more on the Genzano program see

If you have any questions, or have problems registering for these courses, let me know. We can often help. And please pass the word to all interested people.

Jean Alvares, Chair, Classics and General Humanities (alvaresj AT

ED | Summer Latin at Tufts

Seen on the LatinTeach list:

 If you’re going to be in the Boston area this summer, you may want to
know about my annual graduate course on the reception of a classical
author.  This year’s topic is Caesar — we’ll read all of Caesar’s own
works (Gallic War, Civil War, and fragments) and works by other authors
who have responded to, argued with, or written about Caesar, from Cicero
to Muret and beyond, including biographies of Caesar by Suetonius and
Petrarch.  All readings will be in Latin.

Although this is not an AP workshop, participants will gain useful
background for teaching Caesar in that context and will be introduced to
related texts that their own students might read in the previous year or
in the weeks between the exam and the end of the school year.

You will write several short papers;  there will be no final exam.

Pre-requisite is at least four semesters of college Latin, preferably
rather more.  Previous experience with Caesar — as a student, a
teacher, or a scholar — is useful, but not required.  The course is
open to teachers, graduate students, and advanced undergrads.

Tuition is $2275 for credit, $730 for auditors;  Tufts offers a discount
to full-time teachers.  To register, or for more information, see — and see for information about the

Registration is open now and continues through the first day of classes
(1 July)

Dig |Grumentum 2014: Archaeological field school organised by the University of Edinburgh

Seen on the Classicists list:

Grumentum 2014: Archaeological field school organised by the University of Edinburgh
26th July – 16th August 2014

The field school at Grumentum is intended to introduce students to the key methodologies of excavation, which still remains one of the principal methods by which new archaeological data are acquired. Grumentum is a Lucanian-Roman site in South Italy, which in the course of the 1st century BC and the 1st century AD was equipped with all standard Roman monuments. The University of Edinburgh, under the direction of Dr. Ine Jacobs, excavates a street portico and a row of shops located to the southeast of the forum. In the past years mainly the later levels of occupation have been dug. This year’s aim is to excavate older occupation levels and draw up a phase plan of the area.

Participation in the Grumentum field school will provide students with training in the following areas: grid establishment, excavation techniques, interpretation of stratigraphy, taking levels and using a total station, documentation, plan and section drawing, artefact recovery and recording, sampling methodology, and photography. Students will also learn about post-excavation management, including the drawing and study of artefacts, under the supervision of finds specialists.

The field school is therefore intended for both undergraduate and postgraduate students wishing to acquire or strengthen vital archaeological skills. The fee of £750 includes transport from Rome airport to the modern village of Grumento Nova, full board on each field project day, transport to and from the site on each field project day as well as accommodation for the duration of the field project. Students are recommended to apply to their universities for assistance with the fees. Places are limited to 15 participants. For further information and application contact Dr. Ine Jacobs (Ine.Jacobs AT

Academy Vivarium Novum Scholarship Oppotunities

From the mailbag:

Announcement of Competition: Latin, Greek and Humanities
at the Academy Vivarium Novum in Rome – Italy
Academic year 2014-2015

The Academy Vivarium Novum is offering ten full tuition scholarships for high school students (16-18 years old) and ten full tuition scholarships for University students (18-24 years old) of any part of the world. The scholarships will cover all of the costs of room, board, teaching and didactic materials for courses to be held from October 6, 2014 until June 13, 2015 on the grounds of the Academy’s campus at Rome.

Application letters must be sent to info AT by July 1st in order to receive consideration.

The courses will be as follows:
– Latin language (fundamental and advanced)
– Greek language (fundamental and advanced)
– Latin composition
– Roman History
– Ancient Latin literature
– History of ancient Philosophy
– Renaissance and Neo-Latin literature
– Latin and Greek music and poetry
– Classics reading seminars

The goal is to achieve a perfect command of both Latin and Greek through a total immersion in the two languages in order to master without any hindrances the texts and concepts which have been handed down from the ancient times, middle ages, the Renaissance period and modern era, and to cultivate the humanities in a manner similar to the Renaissance humanists.

All the classes will be conducted in Latin, except for Greek classes which will be conducted in ancient Greek.

In the letter the prospective student should indicate the following:

1. Full name;
2. Date and location of birth;
3. What school you currently attend;
4. How long you have studied Latin and/or Greek;
5. Which authors and works you have read;
6. Other studies and primary interests outside of school.

In addition, please attach a recent photograph and a copy of your passport or your ID card.

(For more information about the Academy, you may visit the website

ED: Reading Cicero With Father Foster!

Tip o’ the pileus to Daniel McCarthy for alerting us to this one … here’s a bit of a tease:

Early in his Latin education Reginald fell in love with the letters of Cicero for their synthesis of the whole language in daily speech. Reginald is writing a commentary on 51 of these letters with Daniel McCarthy in order to introduce people to Cicero and his lasting linguistic impression.

Daily Schedule:

8:00-9:00 A.M. reading Cicero’s letters, discussion
10:30-11:30 A.M. reading Gregory’s letters, discussion
1:00-2:00 P.M. reading Gregory’s letters, discussion
3:30-5:00 P.M. reading Cicero’s letters, discussion
7:00-9:00 P. M. free discussion of any Latin texts

… more info at:

ED: BES Practical Epigraphy Workshop 24-26 June 2014

Seen on the Classicists list:

British Epigraphy Society

Practical Epigraphy Workshop


24 – 26 June 2014

The British Epigraphy Society will hold its sixth Practical Epigraphy

Workshop this summer from 24 to 26 June at Corbridge, Northumberland.

The workshop is aimed primarily at graduates wishing to develop hands-on

skills in working with epigraphic material, though we also welcome

applications from those at any stage in their career who would like to

acquire a greater sensitivity to the gathering of epigraphic evidence.

With expert tuition, participants will gain direct experience of the practical

elements of how to record and study inscriptions.

The programme will include the making of squeezes,

photographing and measuring inscribed stones,

and the production of transcriptions, translations and commentaries.

Participants may choose to work on Latin or Greek texts, and the workshop

will be open to those either with or without epigraphic training.

The course fee will be £90 for this three-day event.

Please direct enquiries about the workshop to Peter Haarer:

peter.haarer AT

Application Forms can be obtained from Maggy Sasanow:

margaret.sasanow AT


ED: Free MOOC from the Portus Project

Peter Campbell alerts us to this very interesting looking online course … some excerpts:

The ‘Archaeology of Portus MOOC’ will enable anyone to study online, for free, wherever they are in the world – while benefitting from the decades of research carried out by the University’s Portus Project at this historic site located around 30 miles from Italy’s capital city. The MOOC requires no previous experience, there is no admission interview and no need to have ever studied online or even in higher education.

Director of the Portus Project, Professor Simon Keay comments: “This course will focus on how we work at Portus and what it tells us about imperial Rome. The port was Rome’s gateway to the Mediterranean –playing a key role in trade across Europe and beyond. It was vital to the survival of the Roman Empire.”


Portus was the maritime port of ancient Rome and together with the neighbouring river port at Ostia, was the focus of a network of ports serving imperial Rome between the mid-1st century AD and the 6th century AD.

The MOOC will provide access to Portus Project research data, which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the British School at Rome and the University of Southampton, with the support of the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma. It also provides an insight into the wide range of digital technologies employed to record, analyse and present the site. [...]

More details:

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Online Latin Prose Composition Over the Holidays

John Alvares posted this to the Latinteach list:

Montclair State University is offering an online seminar in Latin
Composition during the winter break (December 20-January 17). Montclair
State University welcomes visiting students. Below is a basic course

Latin Composition: In this seminar students will practice composing
sentences (and hopefully short paragraphs) in Latin. In doing so, we
will review advanced Latin constructions (subjunctive clauses,
conditions, ablative absolutes, future passive periphrastics, etc) and
learn about the prose style of such famous Latin authors as Caesar,
Sallust, Livy, and Tacitus. This course is recommended for students who
have had between 3-5 semesters of college Latin. Current and prospective
Latin teachers are encouraged to enroll. Upon special arrangement with
the instructor, this course can be taken for graduate credit.

For further information about this course, please contact Dr. Mary C.
English at englishm AT MSU welcomes students visiting
from other institutions and has special programs for high school
students who wish to take college classes as well senior citizens who
wish to return to school (either at the undergraduate or graduate
level). Registration information for visiting students can be found at


ED: 2013 Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome

seen on the Classics list:

The Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome is now taking applications for the 2013 program. The six-week, intensive program in the history, archaeology, and topography of Ancient Rome is open to graduate students of classics, ancient history, and art history, secondary school teachers of Latin and related subjects, and advanced undergraduate students. More information on the program (and available scholarships) can be found on the AAR’s website,

Please note that this year the application is online. Instructions and link are provided on the AAR website. The deadline for applying to the Classical Summer School is January 18, 2013. However, some scholarship deadlines are earlier.

For any further questions, contact Prof. Susann Lusnia, Director of the Classical Summer School, (lusnia.aarcss AT, or slusnia AT

Ed: Summer Intensive Greek at Baylor

Not just classical, but early Christian and Byzantine Greek are immensely alive and productive fields in the modern academic world. This program is specially designed to open possibilities for you in all these areas. With dedication, you can follow these avenues as far as you like in almost any period and style of Greek, Classical or Christian, at an undergraduate and eventually professional level.

Crowdsourcing Akrotiri Fresco Reconstruction Postdoc

I don’t usually mention postdocs in these pages, but one that was mentioned over on AegeaNet sounds too interesting to not mention. Here’s the description of a postdoc for a Research Associate for Computer Graphics at UCL:

Applications are invited for a Research Associate (i.e. postdoc) post on an EPSRC-funded grant in the Computer Graphics group at UCL. We seek a candidate with a track record of expertise in some combination of computer graphics, machine learning, computer vision and human-computer interaction. The post is for someone who is interested in computer graphics and crowdsourcing applications, with primary focus on and responsibility for the funded project “Laymen To The Help Of Experts: Crowdsourcing To Aid The Reassembly Of Ancient Frescoes” (EPSRC EP/J014338/1). The project aims at developing a game-like, mobile-phone-based crowdsourcing application that will enable unskilled volunteers to contribute to the reassembly of the shattered Late-Bronze-Age wallpaintings of Akrotiri, Greece. The post involves the design and implementation of an (iOS-based) client-server infrastructure to collect and analyse data from users’ mobile devices, as they playfully engage with the “Akrotiri Jigsaw”. The research associate will also conduct a field study, closely interacting with the site on Santorini, Greece. Funding for this appointment is for 9 months in the first instance, to start before March 2013.

… full ad here: Research Associate in Computer Graphics

iTunes U for Classicists and Those Who Aspire to Be

I’ve been meaning to blog about some of the online, free courses (I’m not concentrating here on individual lectures, although there are a couple below; I might do more individual lectures some other time … I’m trying to figure out the best way to present them) which are proliferating at iTunes U which should be of interest to readers of rogueclassicism … here’s a few that I’ve come across lately:

LaTrobe University offers:




University of Warwick:

… and not so much a course as a conference which was held at the Yale Divinity School (wish we had more conferences on iTunes … the technology isn’t that difficult!):

… and a lecture from UCL that did catch my eye:

… just a taste, perhaps. After all these years iTunes still hasn’t created a facility to alert you to things you might be interested in this sort of area (as opposed to alerting you when the latest Lady Gaga release is out)

ED: Vesuvian Archaeology Courses

I’ve seen this one in various places (this particular text is via the Classicists list):

New courses for university students: Discover the ancient Romans in the shadow of Vesuvius!

The Herculaneum Centre  is very pleased to announce the launch of a new series of university-level courses related to Vesuvian archaeology that will take place in September 2012 and March 2013, with learning mostly taking place at the sites themselves.

The Vesuvian Archaeology Study Programme has been specifically designed to meet the needs of university students. The programme content is suitable for students of Roman history, archaeology, architecture, history of art and material culture. Students of heritage management and conservation will find the programme offers stimulating case studies that explore the role archaeological sites play in the modern world and the challenges of conserving them.

Participants will visit Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis, lesser known sites such as Villa Sora, as well as exploring the Vesuvius National Park and the National Archaeology Museum in Naples. This rich programme will be led by Dr Joanne Berry, scholar and author of The Complete Pompeii (Thames and Hudson, 2007) and founder of Blogging Pompeii, with input from a range of other scholars and practitioners active in the field.

We bring together the best of our three partners: the Comune di Ercolano (the town council) offers us a network of local partners and resources, the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei (the local heritage authority) ties us to the archaeological site which is used as an open-air classroom, and the British School at Rome offers connections to international and research communities.

Details of the courses can be found at, and a leaflet and application form are available to be downloaded on the British School at Rome website

Please forward this information to your students!

Webinar Today: Classical Ideas in the Hispanic New World

Rose Williams is hosting a free webinar today … as described at the Bolchazy Carducci site:

This webinar examines the central position of the Latin language and classical ideas in the Hispanic New World. Historical, architectural, and cultural Roman contributions, as well as Latin literature written in and about the New World, will be discussed. Participants will be encouraged to comment on the material offered and its application to Latin, History and Civilization studies.

It runs from 6:00-7:00 (Eastern) … register at the bottom of B-C’s Webinar page.

Latin Summer with Ascanius Youth Classics

I think we need to give the Ascanius Youth Classics people some props (I’ve left the links live in this one for folks who want to follow up … from the Magic City Post:

LatinSummer Birmingham is a 10-day summer program that exposes kids to the world of the ancient Romans through hands on activities. The program is for 2nd to 7thgraders from July 16 to July 27 at Samford University. The goal of the program is to spark interest in the classical world in children, so no prior knowledge is necessary. Students from all over the southeast are invited to enroll.

“Roman history and Latin, and the Classics, have a reputation for being taught in a dull way or being really difficult.  Instead, we want to bring the Romans to young students in a way that’s exciting and sparks their interest,” said Lisa Yeager, Director of LatinSummer Birmingham.

The program is designed to provide fun activities that meet the goals of a liberal arts education. The program focuses on three parts: ancient Roman culture, Greco-Roman mythology, and classical and conversational Latin. Students are encouraged to make connections between what they learn and their own lives.

“Students are going to study the Romans and Greeks at various points in school, so we want them to have a positive experience like LatinSummer to build on as a framework for really understanding the ancient world when they get to World History class or Literature class later on,” Yeager said.

Ascanius Youth Classics Institute, a nonprofit organization, has conducted the LatinSummer program in cities throughout the eastern United States, but LatinSummer Birmingham will be the first to take place in the southeast. The program in Birmingham is a partnership with the Samford University Department of Classics.

“LatinSummer benefits students because they make these beautiful connections between the past and the present,” said Yeager.

For more information on Ascanuis Youth Classics Institute check out their website and Facebook. For more information on LatinSummer Birmingham, including how to enroll a child, check out their website and Facebook.

via: LatinSummer Birmingham Introduces Kids to the Ancient World (Magic City Post)

Also seen: Conventiculum Dickinsonienseis

The Conventiculum Dickinsonienseis a new total immersion seminar in active Latin. It is specifically designed for all cultivators of Latin who wish to gain some ability to express themselves ex-tempore in correct Latin. A wide range of people can benefit from the seminar: professors in universities, teachers in secondary schools, graduate students, undergraduates and other lovers of Latin, provided that anyone who considers applying has a solid understanding of the grammatical essentials of the Latin language. A minimum requirement is knowledge of Latin grammar and the ability to read a Latin text of average complexity, even if using a dictionary often. No previous experience in speaking Latin is necessary. Sessions will be aimed exclusively at developing ability in speaking, understanding others speaking, reading and discussing texts in the target language. After the first evening, Latin will be the exclusive language used in the seminar. Participants will be involved in intensive activity each day from morning until early evening (with breaks for lunch, etc., of course), and will discuss themes ranging from topics in books, literature and art to the routines and activities of daily life. The seminar will illustrate not only how active Latin can be useful for teachers, but also how cultivating an active facility in Latin can benefit any cultivator of Latin who wishes to acquire a more instinctive command of the language and a more intimate relationship with Latin writings.

via Dickinson College – Teacher Workshops. (also with info about the Summer Latin Workshop)