Outreach Programs

2013 Latin Forum Schedule

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Registration 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Vollum College Center
Morning Lecture 10:00 - 11:00 Vollum Lecture Hall
Discussion Groups 11:00 - 11:45 Vollum Classrooms
Lunch 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Kaul Auditorium
Individual Seminars 1:00 - 2:00 Vollum Classrooms
Individual Seminars 2:00 - 3:00 Vollum Classrooms
Optional Reactor Tour 3:30 - 4:30 Reservations required.
Meet in chemistry lobby


Morning Keynote in Vollum Lecture Hall:

The Romans Always Win?  Warfare and War Losses in Ancient Rome

Dr. Brian Turner
Assistant Professor of History
Portland State University


Individual Seminars for the afternoon session:

Ancient Greek for Students of Latin
Professor Walter Englert
Many Romans were fluent in Greek as well as Latin. Why did the Romans think knowing Greek was so important? How different were the two languages? We will discuss the similarities and differences between ancient Greek and Latin, learn the Greek alphabet, and practice pronouncing Greek letters and words. By the end of the hour we will know how to pronounce Greek and will practice reading aloud the first lines of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey in Greek.  

How to Read a Roman Coin
Professor Ellen Millender
This seminar will examine images of coins from the Late Republic. We will first look closely at the representations, symbols, and Latin abbreviations on the coins. We then will assess what the coins can tell us about political struggles in the Late Republic and specifically how Augustus, the first emperor of Rome, used coinage to craft his image during the civil wars at the end of the first century BCE.

Tasteless and Timeless: Roman Comedy in Performance  
Professor Ginna Closs
"Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy wins girl back." Sound familiar? How about "Clever slave conspires to outwit swaggering, braggart soldier," or "Household god helps young woman escape maniacally protective father and marry secret boyfriend instead of rich old neighbor?" In this workshop, we will explore the work of Plautus, one of the founding fathers of comic theater and the author of plays featuring all of the above. Viewing clips of various performances (some professional, and some by high school students from all over the world), we will get to know the different types of characters that appear in Plautine comedy. Then, we will get into character: with scripts in hand and masks on our faces, we will act out a scene or two from one of Plautus' masterpieces.

The Great Fire of Rome: An Ancient Whodunit
Professor Jessica Seidman
The night of July 18-19, 64 AD: a typical summer evening in the bustling metropolis of Rome…until FIRE breaks out in the area near the Circus Maximus! It races through the streets of the city, engulfing homes, shops, temples, and anyone standing in its path! Six days later, the fire is finally extinguished—but rumors of an arsonist are fanning the flames of popular discontent. Did the emperor Nero and his calculating advisor Tigellinus set the fire? Or maybe it was the new, mysterious, secret sect—the Christians? Could it have been an accident? In this seminar, you will take on the roles of the various suspects and investigate who might have had motive to commit the crime.


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