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As another school year starts, it is a good time for me to gather together some resources that I find useful for my teaching. People are often surprised that I teach Latin (“They still teach that?!”), and even more surprised when I tell them of some of the useful on-line resources that are available. I already have blogged here, below you’ll find some additional resources that I find useful.  So, in no particular order, here are some Latin resources you might like to check out:

As I’ve mentioned before, LatinTeach is an excellent resource for all things Latin. The blog keeps me informed of current events in the Latin teaching community (e.g. changes in the AP Latin exam or who’s using Latin in the news). It gives the Roman date each day and provides some great links to resources for Roman culture and Latin teaching. If you are looking for one website for Latin education, this is the place.

If you are looking for Latin reading resources in your classroom, the Tar Heel Reader has a number of digital books created for and by Latin students.   There are over 250 short illustrated digital books, some designed to accompany a textbook series (I noted several designed to be read along side Cambridge Latin Course) and others that nicely review grammar topics such as prepositional phrases or singular/plural. I noted several nicely written mythology stories that appear to have been illustrated by the folks from South Park (appropriate for class, but in the familiar style). In addition, Laura Gibbs (more on her in a moment) has included a Tar Heel Reader a large number of illustrated Aesop’s fables in Latin. I expect to use this site as a resource for readings with my students, but also as an inspiration for them to create similar stories and perhaps share them with other Latin students through the Tar Heel Reader.

I also blogged about Laura Gibbs who has created Latin Via Fables: Aesopus. This comprehensive Ning is devoted to Aesop’s Fables in Latin. She has provided the text, audio recordings, video (some of which are links to the Tar Heel Reader), exercises and quizzes to accompany each story.  Since it is a Ning, it is a social network that allows you to join and a communicate with others interested in Latin and Aesop’s Fables. Ms. Gibbs also writes the Bestiaria Latina Blog.   Here she provides daily proverbs, fables and calendar information. In addition, she cross posts her Twitter updates for @IVLIVSCAESAR, with a different sentence from Plutarch’s Life of Caesar each day.

Teachers interested in advanced Latin resources need to be familiar with the Perseus Project out of Tufts University.  This amazing classical resource contains both the Latin and the English for a huge number of Latin texts. In the screen capture of the opening lines of the Aeneid (below), you can see that Perseus provides not just the Latin text, but it allows you to click on a word to bring up parses, dictionary information and word frequency. On the right you can click to two different translations, see a list of reference materials, and find an on-line dictionary to further assist you – or your students – with the translation.  If you have not explored this site, I’d highly recommend it. I would be surprised if many students have not already taken advantage of this resource. Note that one can explore what are called Exhibits on the Perseus site. These are resources on Hercules and the Ancient Olympics that are written in English.

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Barbara McManus has created an excellent cultural resource for students of ancient Rome. VROMA is both “an online learning environment (MOO) and a collection of internet resources.  I have not used the MOO with my students, but it if you are interested in virtual worlds, it is worth checking out. Her cultural resources are a standard starting point for my classes when it comes to discussion of clothing, names, the Roman house, etc.

Although he doesn’t write exclusively about Latin, Shelly at TeachPaperless is worth reading. He teaches Latin and Art History in a paperless classroom; all student work is produced through blogs and on other digital platforms. He keeps a Twitter feed on a screen in his classroom and students can provide a “lifeline” for other students as they work. This may not be the classroom that you recognize today, but his might very well be the classroom that will be the norm in only a few years’ time.

Finally, any discussion of on-line resources wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t include some of the classics folks on Twitter:
@Julius_Caesar – in the persona of Caesar
@ClassicsNHHS – a thriving Latin program
@Hannibal248 – in the persona of the Carthaginian general
@MarcusTullius43 – in the persona of Cicero
@MagistraAguirre – a high school Latin teacher
@CarolineLawrenc – the author of the Roman Mysteries novels
@IVLIVSCAESAR – daily sentences from Plutarch by Laura Gibbs
@rogueclassicist
@BCPublishers
@Caecilius – A middle school Latin teacher
@TeachPaperless
@MagisterHoran – Check out his “Ask a Latin Teacher” posts
@GaryCorby – A novelist whose books are located in Ancient Greece
@mclatin

Some of these folks tweet as their persona, others provide useful resources for Latin, Greek, or ancient history.

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