salvēte, amīcī et sodālēs! Today marks a transition point for the Tres Columnae Project. We’ve officially finished our Free Trial period, though a few folks who attended the American Classical League Institute have a “secret code” that will give them a few more days of Free Trial access. Of course, you can still
- read the stories,
- hear the audio,
- see the pictures, and
- use the exercises and quizzes at the Instructure Demo Course site.
But for the next few days, you won’t be able to upload new stories, images, audio, or video, or, as we say, you won’t be able to make Submissions to the project for a few days.
Before too long, though, we’ll make our regular subscriptions available, so you’ll be able to follow the “regular” process for making Submissions. In the meantime, we hope you will have a chance to
- explore the existing stories for Lectiōnēs I-XX;
- find some intriguing “gaps” in the storyline that you might want to fill;
- start writing stories to fill those “gaps,” or even to create your own independent “branch” of the storyline, as our subscriber David H. has done with his stories about Ortellius; and
- start planning the images, audio clips, and/or video clips that will accompany your story.
If you’d rather not write your own story, you can still choose to base a Submission on an existing story. For example, you might decide to
- create your own illustrations;
- create your own audio narration;
- create your own video;
- create your own reading-comprehension questions, with suggested answers;
- create your own vocabulary pre-teaching activity (or post-reading assessment) to accompany a story;
- create your own set of grammatical analysis questions, with suggested answers; or even
- do something we haven’t imagined yet! The possibilities are endless.
Of course, if you do create such things just for yourself or your own students, go right ahead! We’d love for you to Submit them to us, but you don’t have to. On the other hand, if you’d like to have your creation officially become part of the Tres Columnae Project – in other words, if you’d like us to publish it for you on the Version Alpha Wiki site or its successor, or include it in the Instructure course – we do need to make sure that it meets our quality standards and doesn’t conflict with our philosophy. (For example, an exercise called “Translate this story into English” might well work for your class, but it wouldn’t be a good fit with our commitment to extensive reading and direct comprehension.) We’ll let you know here, on the site itself, and on popular listservs like Latinteach and Latin-BestPractices as soon as you can sign up for a subscription or a Single Submission. In the meantime, though, please spread the word about Tres Columnae to your friends, coworkers, students, and local homeschoolers. And please keep reading and exploring the stories and other content on the Version Alpha Wiki site and the Instructure Demo course.
And speaking of stories, tomorrow we begin a series of posts focusing on the sad life of Casina, ancilla Valeriī. When we first meet Casina early in Cursus Primus, she seems to be a bit of a complainer, but we don’t exactly know why she’s bitter and unhappy. We learn more in this story, featured in this post from May, in which we learn the cause of Casina’s hatred for the city of Pompeii … and the sadness that continually seems to gnaw at her. Then, with this story from Lectiō XIX, which we featured in this post from May, poor Casina is confronted with the near-death of another innocent servus. Perhaps the combination of memories and shock is the immediate cause of the situation we’ll feature in our upcoming series, or maybe Casina’s woes only grow as she considers the upcoming wedding of Valeria, daughter of her dominus, and the (presumably) happy fate of any children born to Valeria and Vipsānius – a stark contrast to the awful fate of her own child. Anyway, something causes Casina to become extremely ill – and her illness, in turn, will give us an opportunity to explore a number of facets of Roman culture that we otherwise wouldn’t be able to address. As we find out whether, and how, Casina will recover, we’ll also explore
- various forms of healing in the Roman world;
- Roman attitudes toward sickness and healing;
- Roman attitudes about death and what lies beyond;
- some issues regarding social class; and even
- the geography of Rome itself, as the Valeriī decide to take Casina there (for reasons that may surprise you).
quid respondētis, amīcī?
- What do you think of our plans for the future?
- What do you think of the subscription model? If you can think of a better way, I’d love to hear about it!
- What do you think of the upcoming series of posts about poor Casina?
- And what ideas are you starting to have about Submissions?
Tune in next time, when we’ll begin to explore poor Casina’s fate. intereā, grātiās maximās omnibus iam legentibus et respondentibus!