Making the Leap: Developing Communicative and Cultural Activities for Petronius’ Satyrica

Making the Leap: Developing Communicative and Cultural Activities for Petronius’ Satyrica

Making the transition from beginning to intermediate Latin need not be a leap, but can be a series of smaller steps designed to prepare students for reading authentic authors. This presentation will show the process how to design activities that integrate communication and culture, that simplify the text, and that also help prepare students to learn key vocabulary and cultural background so that they can read a Latin writer like Petronius. Topics include baths, housing, food, banquets, dinner conversation, games, funerals and commemoration, each illustrated by activities and projects tested in class by the presenter.

Petronius Presentation

LAT 205 Syllabus: Petronius

Pre-reading Activities

Trip to the Baths (Ch 1)

Vocabulary for game-playing (Bob Patrick)

Regulae Trigonis (Bob Patrick)

Inside the Roman House (Ch. 2)

Quomodo vides (Chs 2-3)

In Sickness and in Health (Ch. 5)

Funus et pompa (Ch. 8)

Post-reading Activities

Meeting the Familia (Ch 1)

Terms of Endearment (Ch. 7)

Quis sum? (Chs. 7-8)

Food

Condimenta, frumentum, legumina

Poma et holera

Caro et aves et victus maritimus

 

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