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Latin Students on Twitter Project Invitation: Roman Letters Evernotebook. #keeplatinliving

November 29, 2011 Leave a comment

You made it!  Thanks for going this far.  Allow me to explain the project, and if you are still interested you can jump right in.

The students in my class have started a notebook of letters written in Latin.  They choose people from any point in history who might be writing in Latin.  Here are some examples that are posted already:  a Roman cook, an Egyptian doctor, a murderer, a magician on the run, etc.   Another letter is from the perspective of a modern Latin student.

You  don’t have to take a different identity if you want to just be yourself.  You are also welcome and encouraged to respond to existing letters by assuming the identity of someone in their world.    These letters do not need to be long, and you should use Latin that you are familiar with.  We also encourage you to include images in your letters, so long as they are appropriate.  We like mixed media.  For starters, though, try a few with just some text to get familiar with the notebook.  To view the notebook as it exists right now, although it is still very small, go to


Here is how to post your own notes to the notebook:  write an email to

In the subject of your email, put the name of your persona.  This is not your actual name unless you are writing as yourself, and even then you should probably use a username instead of your real name.  If you are writing back to a note that you read in the notebook, be sure to address your note to the author of that note.  After those names, put in a space and then one final tag:  @romanletters        This tag will place your note automatically in the Roman Letter Evernotebook, which can be viewed right here:

So, the subject of your email might look like:   Marcus @ Cicero @romanletters, or it might just be Marcus @romanletters

In the body of your email….write your note in Latin.  We are not judgmental in this notebook, and we accept Latin of all styles and abilities. There are also college students and teachers who will be browsing the notebook who might volunteer to help you polish your notes!


Be fun, friendly, creative, and laid back.  Let’s just see where this goes.



Also, how about every Thursday we each tweet a new favorite Latin word on Twitter with the hashtag #keeplatinliving

Props for briefly explaining why you like it!



Intute – probably the greatest link I’ve ever posted

August 25, 2011 Leave a comment


This is a ridiculously well organized collection of links for teachers… sorted by subject, and then more specific subject.  You ought to check it out and browse.


This site has “closed”, but they will remain open and viewable for another 3 years.  Apparently they lost funding.   Let’s take advantage of it while we can.  I have a suspicion that they will find funding to maintain the site beyond three years.  Time will tell.

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Apple’s App Store for Education

June 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Apple’s homepage for apps that deliver media-rich resources for just about every academic subject – a must-visit as you plan your i-pad enabled courses.


Primary Sources on the Web: Perseus Digital Library

The Perseus Digital Library is an astounding resource for all scholars of the humanities.  It is particularly useful for scholars of Greek or Latin, because they have digitized the majority of the canonical texts from the ancient Western world.  These texts are accompanied by a translation from the public domain, and a synced dictionary that identifies and parses word forms.

Besides those classical resources though, Perseus also hosts a viewable database of a newspaper published in Richmond around 1860 (The Daily Dispatch).   This is a fascinating resource, and it comes linked to a neat google maps layout that projects on a google map all of the places mentioned in the newspaper that you happen to be viewing.

This site will undoubtedly continue to grow.  I find that the weakest part of its collections is the “Art and Artifact Image Browser”, because  The images are often low-resolution and the organization of the image database is sorta clumsy.  It is rapidly improving, though.

Recent and upcoming developments in Google Image searches (more on those soon) hold more promise for large scale image collecting and searching.

Primary Sources on the Web: University of Virginia

Many universities have large online banks of primary source documents.   Below is an example of a great online exhibition from the University of Virginia that contains primary sources related to the civil war, ranging from soldiers’ letters to official government documents.


This would be a great supplement to Huck Finn.  It’s the text and a few other great supplementary sources (illustrations from the first edition, early reviews, etc).


Here are the bestsellers from 1900 to 1930:


At this UVA bank, there are always some “featured” collections worth checking out, and there are substantial primary sources in other languages (French, German, Latin, Spanish, etc..).


As wonderful as it is, I still came across a few broken links, and portions of the database are limited to members of the UVA community.