It is indeed my birthday today, and I am thrilled to discover that I'm sharing it with this fellow, who's turning 30:
Monday, May 25, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Well, the future of Classical scholarship seems fairly bright at the moment! I just spent an hour and a half lecturing a group of students from one of the local high schools on a wide range of topics, including: Roman archaeology, the Roman forum, Piazza Argentina (cats!), the Mamertine prison, the Arch of Titus, Roman burial inscriptions, Roman graffiti, Mount Vesuvius, the Cortona region, the Julian calendar &c.
And they were engaged, inquisitive, and extraordinarily quick to understand things. Quicker, in fact, than some of my university classes have been. Anyway, it was a good afternoon!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I have a student whom I'm tutoring in Latin. He approached me a couple of months ago and asked to learn the language, as he was applying to begin pre-med this coming Fall, and pretty much figured that he wasn't going to have time to study Latin once that had begun. I agreed to teach him, and so we meet a couple of evenings a week at the coffee shop in the downtown public library, and are making our way gently through Wheelock's Latin. He's quite quick on the uptake, and I definitely got the impression that he was enjoying himself.
Turns out that impression was correct. He announced to me last week that he has been accepted... to begin a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Classical Languages. Take that, medical profession! Your are powerless in the face of the almighty Latin!
Heh. Heh. Heh.