Monthly ArchiveJuly 2013

Dickinson Summer Latin Workshop 2013

Chris Francese 3 comments

20 Latin teachers surrounding the statue of Benjamin Rush on the campus of Dickinson College

The seventh annual 5-day Dickinson Summer Latin Workshop has just wrapped up, and it was a great experience. 20 teachers came from as nearby as Mechanicsburg, PA and from as far away as Maine, Alabama, and California to read Ovid, Fasti Book 4 with Dickinson Professors Francese and Reedy. Affectionately known as “Latin Camp,” the workshop is intended for teachers of Latin, as a way to refresh the mind through study of an extended Latin text, and to share experiences and ideas with other Latinists and teachers.

A highlight this year was an extra session with Patrick Burns (@diyclassics) about the software package Learning with Texts (LWT). This innovative tool is intended to help with vocabulary acquisition on any language with an online dictionary, and Patrick showed how it can be used to measure your progress and create flash cards with context in a spaced repetition method. He has promised to write a tutorial in this space soon, so be on the lookout for that.

Thanks, everybody, for a fun and stimulating workshop, and we hope to see you next year!

–Chris Francese

Front Row: Meghan Reedy, Chris Ann Matteo, Lisa Brady, Mary Lou Burke, Andy Milius, Chris Francese. Second Row: Catherine Zackey, Jacqueline Lopata, Joanne Miller, Janet Brooks Brian Kane, Patrick Burns, Bill Snyder. Back Row: Stephen Farrand, Scott Holcomb, Hugh McElroy, Benjamin Rush, Ryan Sellars, Russel Day (partially hidden), Scott Paterson, Paul Perot. Not Pictured: Martha Condra, John Thorpe


Latin Homographs and Homonyms

Chris Francese 2 comments

I visited the University of Virginia last fall and sat in on a Latin reading (as in reading aloud) group led by Prof. David Kovacs. I think there were something like 25 people there. Latin as performance is very much alive at UVA. It was a great afternoon, and one of the highlights was a handout Prof. Kovacs distributed with his own collection of homographs and homonyms. Here are some examples:


nitor brightness nītor try
nōta well-known < nōtus -a -um nota, mark < nota -ae, f.
nōvī I know < noscō -ere nōvī novī new < novus -a -um


adeō I approach so, so much
canis dog you sing > cano
equitēs horseman > eques you ride a horse > equito

Solid gold, I thought, and filed it away for future use. Then it occurred to me, the world needs to know about this list. I approached Prof. Kovacs about making it into a Wikipedia page, so others could add to it. Go to, he said, and I did, in my spare moments, editing and reformatting it in Mediawiki. But then, guess what, the gatekeepers of Wikipedia rejected the article. Indeed!

Wikipedia is an encyclopedia and not a dictionary. We cannot accept articles that are little more than definitions of words or abbreviations as entries. A good article should begin with a good definition, but expand on the subject. Please try creating an article at Wiktionary instead.

Hmmpf! We are lucky enough to have our own instance of Mediawiki at Dickinson, so I have taken Prof. Kovacs’ marbles and gone home. You may view the full, edited list here. I would welcome any additions, and can probably get you editing access if you would like to expand it substantially. Hope you enjoy!

–Chris Francese