Having recently covered superlative adjectives in Latin 102, this Loreal ad was quam felicissimum (though I can’t vouch for the quality of the eyeliner itself)!
Recently we reached the 10th anniversary of the premiere of ABC’s blockbuster series Lost (created by J. J. Abrams). One of the pleasures of the series, for a Classicist: spoken Latin!
When some of the survivors time-travel back to the 1970s on the island, Sawyer and Juliet encounter proto-”Others”, led by Charles Widmore and Eloise Hawking (parents-to-be of Lost physicist Daniel Faraday). In order to prove her “Other” bona fides, Juliet addresses them in Latin to gain their trust. An astonished Sawyer asks “Who taught you Latin?” She replies, “Others 101. Gotta learn Latin. Language of the enlightened.” (Episode 5.3, “Jughead”)
Parks & Recreation‘s Leslie Knope is famous for her super-intense dedication to the well-being of her fellow Pawneeans. When the school board wanted to save money by cancelling senior prom, she came to the rescue. Equally important, when they wanted to cut AP Latin, she volunteered to teach it!
“Which reminds me,” she muses, “I need to learn Latin.”
So say we all, Leslie!
Derek Muller, a professor at Pepperdine University School of Law, recently studied the correlation between LSAT and GRE scores and undergraduate majors.
His finding? Classics majors ranked at the very top of majors, with the highest LSAT and GRE scores!
So if you are looking to go to law school, you simply cannot do better than to major in Classics!
For Muller’s report, see his blog at http://excessofdemocracy.com/blog/2014/4/the-best-prospective-law-students-read-homer.
Would you like to take a 2-credit archaeological excavation course (CLCV 300) this summer? The link to the Trinity website for the dig is http://www.trincoll.edu/UrbanGlobal/StudyAway/Summer/Pages/Akko-Summer.aspx. The precise fee has not yet been determined, but will probably be around $6000 and includes tuition, room, all meals (unless you choose to eat out occasionally at one of Akko’s many great restaurants), field trips, equipment, supplemental insurance, laundry, sheets, towels, cleaning, and the end-of-season party at local restaurant. We stay at the Israeli Naval Academy in dorm rooms that are air-conditioned quads, each with a private bathroom.
You might also like to look at our photographer’s slideshow from this past summer:
Akko — Acre in the Middle Ages — is one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the world. It has yielded material dating from the early Bronze Age through Greek and Roman antiquity and the Middle Ages to the present.
Student arrival date at Nautical Academy: Sunday June 29th (departing from the US on Saturday June 28th) Student departure date from Nautical Academy: Saturday July 26th.
For questions, contact Martha Risser (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Down Pompeii: emergency meeting called after collapses in ancient city
Reuters in Rome theguardian.com, Sunday 2 March 2014 11.32 EST
Friendship Starts in Latin Class
Eleanor Barkhorn, The Atlantic (Nov 20 2013)
…[In] A recent study published in the American Journal of Sociology…Researchers Kenneth A. Frank, Chandra Muller, and Anna S. Mueller found that classes have a tremendous impact on high-school students’ social lives…The study analyzed survey data from 3,000 students at 78 schools across the United States and found that classes have a greater impact on friendship formation than sports or other after-school activities.
The study also found that friendships tend to form in smaller, more unusual classes: in Latin class or band, for example, rather than gym or a geometry course that all students are required to take. Students enroll in these electives because of they’re interested in the subject, which gives them common ground with the other students in the class.
“At that point, we’ve got kind of a little group, a little niche in the school,” said Frank. “We’ve got a set of unusual common interests, so those are very potent potential friends.”
The Department of Classics at the University of Maryland, College Park, is sponsoring a summer study abroad program in Greece from June 3-21, 2014, directed by Prof. Del Chrol of Marshall University (email@example.com) and Jacquelyn Clements of Johns Hopkins University (firstname.lastname@example.org). The course is open to all undergraduates and upon completion earns 3 credits. Based in Athens, we will travel to sites in Attica and the Peloponnese such as Eleusis, Corinth, Mycenae, Olympia, and Delphi, as well as the island of Paros. The program focuses on the history and archaeology of Greece with particular emphasis on key issues – intellectual, artistic, political, and philosophical – confronting Athens during the 5th century B.C.
The application deadline is March 1; more information can be found at http://ter.ps/sumgreece
In addition to starring in films like Adventureland, The Social Network, and Now You See Me, actor Jesse Eisenberg occasionally writes humor piece for the New Yorker. In honor of the opening this weekend of Pompeii (see earlier post “Jon Snow vs. the Volcano”), click here to read Eisenberg’s “Final Conversations at Pompeii”.
Susan Bennett graduated from Brown University. Until recently (and it was a secret) she was the voice of Siri, first introduced on Apple’s iPhone 4S.
What did Bennett major in at Brown?
You guessed it — Classics!