Web Resources for Latin and Classics

Web Resources for Latin and Classics

I. Classics Organizations

    ~ American Philological Association (APA) 
    ~ American Classical League (ACL)

    ~ Classical Association of New England (CANE) 
    ~ Classical Association of the Atlantic States (CAAS) 
    ~ Classical Association of the Midwest and South (CAMWS)

    ~ Classical Association of Massachusetts (CAM) 
 

II. Latin Language and Pedagogy

    A. General

    ~ latinteach. The hub for all latin teaching. The site is centered around the latinteach listserv, which is an electronic forum for Latin teachers to present resources, problems, solutions, etc. The website has archived discussions and other pedagogical resources.

    ~ Tom McCarthy's Resource Sharing Site. A great collection of ready-to-use classroom activities, worksheets, games, and powerpoint presentations. Great for browsing and getting new ideas.

    ~ Latin Teaching Resources at St. Louis University. Haven't explored this much, but some intriguing links for teachers.

    ~ Ecce Romani Discussion Group.

    ~ Ecce Romani Resources. Put together by Gil Lawall, professor emeritus of UMass Amherst, who was instrumental in launching the Ecce series.

    ~ Pallas Athene. A school Latin department's home page with Ecce Romani 1 links and specific course links from Latin to AP.

    B. Rhetoric, Figures, and Style

    ~ American Rhetoric. A site put together by a Speech Communication professor at the University of Texas at Tyler. Although the site does not necessarily cover all of the figures covered by the AP syllabus (or commonly covered in class) there are a lot of audio files of speeches, both political and from movies, that are very useful to use in class. Definitely worth checking out.

    ~ Rhetoricae Silva. A site out of BYU whose 'forest' appelation is not an understatement. A comprehensive site of figures, variations, and examples. Possibly too much / overwhelming, but also probably the best reference source on the web. 
 

    C. Vocabulary

    ~ Modern English to Latin Dictionary. Not the most conveniently organized site, i.e. everything is listed in order with no links (and apparently limited alphabetizing), but using the browser search function should allow easier navigation to specific words or terms.

    ~ Comenius' Orbis sensualium pictus. A cool, if a bit overdone, vocabulary exercise. Comenius presents his text as a dialog between teacher and student, with the teacher professing to tell the student everything he needs to know and the names of everything. Each chapter then is oriented around a specific topic (water, construction, the book, etc.) with a Latin explanation of the nuances of meaning of all terms, and a keyed image to illustrate the difference. Some topics are not terribly relevant but, for instance, the aquae chapeter makes some good distinctions between different bodies of water that may be lost in book glossaries.

    D. Oral / Spoken Latin

    ~ Nuntii Latini. The news in Latin from Finland: a weekly reading (audio available) of a fifteen minute overview of the week's news in Latin.

    ~ Ephemeris. An on-line Latin newspaper.

    E. Miscellaneous

    ~ Wikipedia in Latin. Not certain of the importance or usefulness (haven't browsed it much), but a reference source in Latin. I suspect not great for the grammar-focused, but cool for the living-language crowd. 
 

III. Literature

    A. Authors

        1. Vergil

            a. General

            ~ Virgil.org. A comprehensive, attractive, and informative site about V. Also includes a listserv for all things Vergilian. 
            ~ The Vergil Home Page. A site out of UPenn that includes good images and other resources, including links and text with commentary.

            b. Aeneid

            ~ The Virgil Link Project. A good site for AP teachers and students. Includes full Aeneid text, with links to both images / definitions and past AP questions. The links are spare, but helpful. 
            ~ Phoenicia.org. The Dido section of this comprehensive site about the Phoenicians.

            ~ the Vindolanda Tablets. A good introduction to this window into Roman daily life. Images and transcriptions of the tablets.

    B. Manuscripts

IV. History


    ~ BBC's Ancient Roman History Link. A good collection of links and resources, if a bit idiosyncratic. 
 

V. Art and Archaeology Resources

    A. Greece

        1. Athens

    B. Rome the empire

        1. Maps

        ~ Tacitean Maps. Simple line drawing maps from a Tacitus site. 
        ~ Maps for Students. A nice collection of maps from textbooks and other resources. Rome and other ancient civilizations included.

        2. Military

        3. Pompeii

        ~ Chicago's Field Museum Pompeii Exhibit. A good overview of the city and the eruption, with info on not just Pompeii and Herculaneum. 
 

    C. Rome the city

        1. Maps

        ~ Maps of the Roman Empire. A meta-list of different maps. Perhaps too many, but certainly a useful list.

        ~ City - plan of Rome. A zoomable and label-able map of Rome's ancient center (forum, imperial fora, and Coliseum). Fairly simple, but a worthwhile way to quiz or tour the area.

        ~ the 1748 Nolli map of Rome. An interactive site out of U of Oregon (requires Flash)

        ~ UT Austin Maps. Scroll to the 'R' section for a variety of maps on Rome (and the 'I' for maps of Italy).

        ~ Medieval Map of Rome. A series of maps, three of which are simple, clear, and attractive maps of ancient Rome, the fourth of which is a medieval map of Rome. Notes in French, but very basic, easy French.

        2. Specific Places in Rome

        ~ The Forum. A Forum Romanum site (as far as I know, there are more than one) that includes a chronology of the forum with keyed maps and images. A bit of a complex site, so old browsers might not be able to handle it. (I'm afraid mine here at school cannot.)

        3. Miscellaneous

        ~ Virtual Roma. The self-titled 'first web-site dedicated to the city's less famous sites, monuments, legends, and cultural aspects.' I haven't had time to poke around too much, but there could be some interesting info here.

    D. Miscellaneous / General

    ~ The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. If you do the seven wonders, a cool website with downloadable, cut-outable models of the seven wonders (in .pdf files).

    E. Other Ancient Peoples

    ~ Phoenicia.org. 'The largest web compilation & repository of studies about the origin, history, geography, religion, arts, crafts, trade, industry, mythology, language, literature, music, wars, archaeology and culture of the Canaanite Phoenicians.' [from the website] 
 

VI. Daily Life / Realia

    ~ Roman Numeral and Date Conversion. An interesting site that accepts Gregorian dates and converts them to Roman dates (and to Julian, and vice versa, etc.).

    ~ Roman Board Games. A summary of various board games that Romans played. An interesting place to browse and show your students.

    ~ the Vindolanda Tablets. A good introduction to this window into Roman daily life. Images and transcriptions of the tablets.