Latinish Digest: Midsummer 2019

How did anyone survive as independent scholars, developing professionals, latrine-bound time-killers, and academic researchers before the Internet? Here are relatively recent articles related to ancient history, education, or the Classics which may interest Latin teachers and their ilk.

1. How did Ancient Greeks learn Latin?

Dickey, E. (2015). Teaching Latin to Greek speakers. In E. P. Archibald, W. Brockliss, & J. Gnoza (2015), Learning Latin and Greek from antiquity to the present (pp. 30-51). Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press. 

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Selection from an ancient phrasebook Dickey examines (the left is Latin).

2. Why do teenagers take Latin?

Goodman, E. K. (2015). The National Latin Survey: Latin in Secondary Schools Needs Analysis [Applied lingustics project]. In Retrieved from

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Goodman lays out the data, and art history and Augustine can’t compete with mythology.

3. What was posca and when did Romans drink it?

Guilford, G. “My favorite beverage is a 2,000-year-old energy drink from Ancient Rome.” Qwartz, Quartz Media, Inc., 10 Sep. 2018,

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Guilford notes one of the worst moments for posca marketing.

4. How did Flavius Scorpus go from slave to superstar?

Weisberger, M. (2019, April 17). This slave in Ancient Rome became the empire’s chariot-racing superstar. Live Science, Future plc, 17 Apr. 2019,

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Weisberger takes us from Wow to Aw in 60 seconds.

5. How can teachers cultivate student awareness of ancient diversity?

Barnes, J. (2018). Developing students ideas of diversity in the ancient and modern worlds through the topic of Alexandria in the Cambridge Latin Course, Book II. Journal of Classics Teaching,19(37), 1-9. doi:10.1017/s2058631018000016

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Barnes allows students to speak for their own Latin class experiences.

Bonus song: Leonard Cohen’s adaptation of Constantine P. Cavafy’s poem on Mark Antony’s final days.

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