ED: UGAClassics Summer Institute 2013

seen on the Classics list:

Each year the Institute offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate Latin and Classics courses, including, in odd-numbered years, a methods course for Latin teachers and Intensive Beginning Greek and, in even-numbered years, Intensive Beginning Latin. The Institute curriculum is supplemented by workshops and guest lectures by visiting master teachers and scholars. The program is designed especially for Latin teachers who wish to continue their education or earn a Master’s degree in Latin on a summers-only basis. The faculty of the Department of Classics share in a tradition of cooperation with high school teachers that culminates each summer in an exciting and challenging curriculum. Here are the offerings for the summer of 2013:

First Short Session – June 10 – June 28, exam on July 1GREK 2050 – Intensive Greek I 9:30 am – 12:15 pmPark Hall 225 Dr. Naomi Norman

Second Short Session – July 2 – July 24, exam on July 25GREK 2060 – Intensive Greek II 9:30 am – 12:15 pm
Park Hall 225 Dr. Charles Platter
LATN 4/6770 – Teaching Methods 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Park Hall 114 Mr. Randy Fields
Through Session – June 10 – July 23, exam on July 24CLAS 4/6120 – Pompeii 9:00 – 10:15 am

Park Hall 115 Dr. Robert Curtis
LATN 4/6300 – Cicero 10:30 – 11:45 am
Park Hall 115 Dr. John Nicholson
CLAS 8010 – Survey of Greek Literature (in English translation) 1:00 – 2:15 pm

Park Hall 115 Dr. Charles Platter
LATN 6090 – Medieval Latin 2:30 – 3:45 pm
Park Hall 114 Dr. Robert Harris
Housing:For the most up-to-date information about available University Housing, please visit: http://www.uga.edu/housing/rates/nextyearsrates.html. Off-campus housing is also available. UGA meal plans are offered at low student rates.

Tuition:Tuition rates for summer 2012 were $300 per credit hour plus $844 in fees for in-state students and $913 per credit hour for out-of state students (2012 rates will be available in early 2013 – please check the UGA Bursar’s Office for the most updated information).

Latin teachers from outside Georgia may complete a tuition waiver to reduce tuition to the in-state level. Modest scholarships are also available from the Department. Scholarships are also offered by non-UGA organizations; please visit www.classics.uga.edu for a list.

Admissions:All Institute participants must be admitted to the University of Georgia, either as Degree or Non-Degree students. Please apply on the Graduate School website at http://www.grad.uga.edu. For admission to the Summer Institute, complete the online application packet available at http://classics.uga.edu/summer-institute-application. Writing samples may be emailed to grading AT uga.edu.

Deadlines:Application and supporting documents must be received no later than April 1st for domestic applicants, six weeks earlier for international applicants.

For more information, please contact Kay Stanton at gradinq or Dr. John Nicholson at jhn AT uga.edu, or call 706-542-9264.

Department of Classics • University of Georgia • 221 Park Hall • Athens, GA 30602www.classics.uga.edu

Video: Was There a Trojan War?

I seem to have missed this UPenn video last week:

Was there a Trojan War? Assessing the Evidence from Recent Excavations at Troy
In the course of the latest campaign of excavations at Troy, in northwestern Turkey, archaeologists have uncovered a wealth of evidence that enables us to situate the site within the political and military history of the late Bronze Age (14th/13th centuries BCE). Dr. C. Brian Rose, Curator, Mediterranean Section, Penn Museum, speaks at this “Great Battles: Moments in Time that Changed History” series lecture program.

CJ Online Review: Benario, The Romans and Germany

posted with permission:

The Romans and Germany: Selections from Tacitus, Caesar, Suetonius, Livy, Velleius Paterculus, Pomponius Mela, Frontinus. Edited with introduction, notes, and vocabulary by Herbert W. Benario. Bloomington: AuthorHouse, 2012. Pp. x + 71. Paper, $13.95. ISBN 978-1-4772-4066-3 (paper); 978-1-4772-4065-6 (e-book).

Reviewed by Roger T. Macfarlane, Brigham Young University

Scholarship on Tacitus and on Roman Germany has gained much from Benario’s long and careful stewardship. From his Introduction to Tacitus to Gildersleeve, Benario’s books and articles have and shall serve scholars and students for decades past and future.[[1]] Generous contributions of time and talent have allowed Benario’s legacy to extend well beyond the scope of his own classroom. Now, many years beyond his retirement from teaching, Benario equips intermediate Latin students with a reader on Romans in Germany.

This reader offers one dozen short passages in unretouched Latin from seven authors: Caesar (2), Livy, Velleius Paterculus, Pomponius Mela, Frontinus, Tacitus (3), and Suetonius (2). Passages range in length from around 40 words (Fron. Strat. 1.3.10) to around 400 (Tac. Ann. 1.60–2). The book’s apparatus is very lean. Textual accuracy is typical of Benario’s meticulous attention to detail. I found no typos. Source-editions are not credited; and no selection matched fully with the Teubner, PHI, or OCT I compared.

A Preface explains the book’s relation to Ecce Romani: that series’ applicable vocabulary serves as this book’s glossary. The Introduction involves bare-bones statements about the authors selected: the half-page statement on Tacitus’ life and works is the most detailed by far. Back matter is solely the Vocabulary. The book achieves its purpose purely: it provides the dozen right passages for introducing Roman Germania.

In the facing-page annotations vocabulary reigns, though some geographical and historical details arise. These notes deal predominantly with vocabulary, offering principal parts and the single-choice meaning the author prefers. Almost no grammatical help intrudes: for Caes. B. Gal. 4.1 (non longe a mari quo Rhenus influit) the author offers this: “nōn longē: probably in the area between Vetera and Kleve. / quō = in quod / influō, -ere, -uxī, -uxus, flow.” Teachers who are looking to assign a book that will replace them in the students’ reading experience will not have found that in this book. Later in that passage the tantalizing grammatical gems that are typically mined in other approaches are untouched here: atque in eam se consuetudinem adduxerunt ut locis frigidissimis neque vestitus praeter pelles haberent quicquam … et lavantur in fluminibus. A teacher might linger on the placement of se and of quicquam, its usage with the genitive; and here both the voice and mood of lavantur seem to make it too ripe to warrant instructor’s silence. None of these elements, however, receives notice above vocabulary level. An instructor will need to help answer—or, indeed, raise—such issues for students, since the book remains silent.

Much white space occurs, due to set-up of texts always on versos. Many pages are fully blank. This in itself is not a bad choice, for the text is the thing here. Yet the press might have contrived graphic replacements for the voids, e.g. more maps or even illustrations for the texts.

One miserly map scowls on p. x. Lacking legend, scale, and contrast, the map is hardly useful in this volume. Benario’s notes translate the sources’ place names, ad loc., into modern anglophone terms (e.g., ad Vell. 2.95.1, Raetos Vindelicosque glossed with “The Raeti and Vindelici are tribes who lived in the general area of modern Bavaria, in southeastern Germany”). Patient hawkeyes will eventually find “Vindeliker.” As is, the bleary map is almost useless.[[2]]

Useful for precocious scholars who are finishing Ecce Romani or an intermediate course and need free-time readings, this book offers reliable texts. Ancillaria are so sparsely provided that most young students will make little headway here on their own. The teacher will be augmenting with grammatical analysis. All students below advanced undergraduates will benefit from the facing-page vocabulary. I will consider its use for sight-readings in my intermediate college classroom.


[[1]] E.g., from among a long bibliography, H. W. Benario, An Introduction to Tacitus (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1975); W.W. Briggs and H. W. Benario, edd., Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve: an American Classicist (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986); H. W. Benario, Thusnelda: a German Princess in Ancient Rome [historical fiction] (New York: Vantage, 1993); and now id., ed., Caesar’s Gallic War: a Commentary (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2012).

[[2]] H. W. Benario, ed., Tacitus Annals 11 and 12, Classical World Special Series (Lanham: University Press of America, 1983) 105.

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