Level: Form II (4th–6th grades)
This course will provide a lively introduction to the Latin language and the culture of Roman Britain with a highly illustrated mix of comic strips, stories, and myths. The course text centers on a real family who lived at Vindolanda in 100AD and features many of the artifacts and writing tablets from the Vindolanda excavations. Students will follow the antics of Flavius, Minimus the mouse, Vibrissa the cat, and their Roman family. Roman and Greek myths are intertwined with the family’s story, along with photos of artefacts from Roman digs to bring the culture of Roman Britain to life.
Latin instructor Hannah Phelps, again and again finds herself captivated by the power of language. Having studied Latin for going on ten years, she has also taught Latin and other subjects in homeschool group classes and currently tutors peers through the Houston Baptist University Academic Success Center where she has worked since 2018. Hannah is also a member of the HBU Honors College, and she plans to graduate in May of 2021 with a bachelor of arts in Latin and a minor in writing. She has read and translated selections from The Aeneid, Cicero’s speeches, Seneca’s letters, the Vulgate, and Augustine’s writings, among others. At the Classical Association of the Midwest and South (CAMWS) conference in 2020, she presented her paper “Stilicho: Barbarian Blood in a Roman Heart,” which was one of nine undergraduate papers selected.
$79 supplies fee covers the cost of BHSC-purchased student supplies including Minimus Pupil’s Book: Starting out in Latin and Minimus Audio CD as well as teacher and classroom learning materials and resources.
Families supply a three-ring binder with lined paper, pencils, colored pencils, and erasers in a pencil pouch.