Ecce, Ludi Aestivi! (aka Latin Summer School)
This summer, Professors Silverblank and Mulligan are organizing a community of Bi-Co Latin readers to get together (in person or via the wonders of technology) to read and discuss wild, wacky, and wonderful texts for an hour, once per week, from late May to August.
Students who are staying local over the summer can convene with the reading group on campus at Haverford, and students away from campusover the summer can video conferenceinto the weekly meetups.
All students of Latin, at any level, are welcome to participate.
There will be no required texts and no expenses associated with this reading group. All texts will be made available as PDFs.
Meeting day and time TBD based on group scheduling. Lunch time? Late Afternoon? We’ll figure that out this week.
Readings will be selected to correspond to student interest, when students wish to explore new or familiar texts, and Professor Mulligan’s current research materials, when students want to get the chance to see the intersections between reading Latin and academic production.
Since our school is designed to be as flexible as possible to allow for a variety of levels of engagement, we’ve set three tiers for our activities. You should select your general tier of commitment for the summer as a guideline for how you approach the assignments, but you may jump tiers ad libitum text-by-text or week-by-week.
Much more information is below. I invite you to peruse it. If you would like to join us, drop me an email and I’ll send you a link to a Doodle poll so that we can try to schedule our meetup.
Curate ut valeatis!
Plus de Ludis Aestivis!
Explanation of Tiers
Tier 1: No prep necessary in advance of the weekly meetings, but you come along to keep your Latin sharp and to practice sight-reading. If you do any preparation in advance of the meeting, you might read the text out-loud in advance of weekly meetings, and note general themes and topics you can observe.
Tier 2: You read through the passage before our meeting and note the vocabulary words you don’t recognize. You commit these forms to memory, if possible. You re-read (as much as you can manage) with an eye for detail and with your syntactical synapses firing.
Tier 3: You memorize any unknown vocabulary words and do the complete reading with an eye for detail and with your syntactical synapses firing. You take on the week’s optional syntax review from Cursus. You review your vocabulary multiple times a week and test yourself on your vocabulary each week.
All syntax review comes from Cursus.
Sample of the first three weeks’ suggested activities, available here.