Excellence Through Classics (ETC) LIVE offers teachers and students Classics-themed content via live webinars and was started during the Covid-19 pandemic.  ETC is committed to continuing new and engaging content throughout the 2019-2020 academic school year. ETC Live session topics vary, and include Spoken Latin, musical performances, STEM demonstrations, author and expert discussions, game based sessions, and more! Sessions are appropriate for a middle school audience and up.  To view ALL recorded sessions in one place, please visit ETC Webinars.

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3/18/20 ​How the Ancient Romans Lived with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist in Rome. Previously recorded seminars can be watched here.

3/19/20 The Odyssey, a live stream musical performance with Joe Goodkin, a modern bard; view the recorded The Odyssey session here.

3/20/20 Gaming with Mageesh, a live online gaming event using the Gimkit platform.

3/22/20 Plagues in Ancient Rome, a live stream session with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist in Rome. Previously recorded seminars can be watched here.

3/23/20 The Roman Soldier, a live stream session with Richard Campbell, a member of Legio XX and Roman soldier reenactor; view the recorded Roman soldier session.

3/24/20 Latin and Minecraft, a live stream session with Magister Jessie Craft, Latin teacher and Minecraft educator; view the recorded Minecraft session.

3/25/20 Life as a Kid in Ancient Rome, a live stream session with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist in Rome. Previously recorded seminars can be watched here.

3/26/20 Latin Yoga, exercise your mind and body, a live stream session with Skye Shirley, Latin educator, speaker and Classicist; view the recorded Latin Yoga session.

3/27/20 Latin and Legos, a live stream session with Anthony Gibbins, Latin teacher, and Lego educator; view the recorded Latin and Legos session.

3/29/20  The Lives of Augustus, with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist in Rome. Previously recorded seminars can be watched here.

3/30/20 The People of the Piso-verse, a live stream session with Lance Piantaggini, creator of the Piso-verse, a series of stories related to a Roman boy named Piso, and  author of 17 Latin novellas. View the recorded People of the Piso-verse session

3/31/20 Build a Catapult, a live stream Ancient Roman STEM session with Nathalie Roy, certified nerd Latin and Roman Technology Teacher. View the recorded Catapult session

4/1/20  April Fool's Day - Pranks and Jokes in Ancient Rome, with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist in Rome. Previously recorded seminars can be watched here.

4/2/20 A Hero's Journey, a live stream session with Caroline Lawrence, author of the Roman mysteries series. View A Hero's Journey recorded session. 

4/3/20  Gaming with Magistra,  Link to game session will be posted here.

4/5/20  Deification of the Emperor, with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist. Previously recorded seminars can be watched here.

4/6/20  Bridge Movie Talk,  Join us for a live stream SPOKEN LATIN session and movie viewing experience using the animated short Bridge led by John Bracey, Latin teacher, actor, and author.  View the recorded Bridge Movie Talk session.

4/7/20  Bathe like a Roman, a live stream STEM session with Nathalie Roy. View the recorded Bathe Like a Roman session

4/8/20   Life as a Kid in Ancient Rome with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist in Rome. Previously recorded seminars can be watched here.

4/9/20  Roman Clothing, a live stream session with Rachel Ash, Latin teacher and costume designer.  Join us for a short lesson on Roman clothing, and then experience it for yourself as she leads you through creating your own ancient clothing! View the recorded Roman Clothing session

4/10/20  Gaming with Magistra,  Link to game session will be posted here.

4/12/20  A New God in Town: The Rise of Christianity in Rome with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist in Rome. 

4/13/20 Tastes of Ancient Rome, a live stream COOKING session with Melanie Subacus, Classics teacher at the Episcopal Academy and adjunct professor at Villanova University and Kiki Aranita, owner of Poi Dog, a Hawaiian restaurant in Philadelphia. Join us for an introduction to dining in Ancient Rome the flavors of ancient Roman foods. View the Tastes of Ancient Rome recorded session.  

4/14/20  Incitatus: A Live Latin Reading,  a live stream SPOKEN LATIIN session with Emma Vanderpool, author of Sacri Pulli: A Tale of War and Chickens, does a FIRST reading (with pictures and text!) of her newest novella, Incitatus: Fabula Equi Senatorii. View the Incitatus recorded session.

4/15/20  Pirate’s Life for me with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist in Rome. Previously recorded seminars can be watched here.

4/16/20  The Roman Gladiator, a live stream session on Gladiator life, attire, and training, with Richard Campbell, a member of Legio XX and Roman soldier reenactor.  View the Roman Gladiator session.

4/17/20 National Classics Week - National Live Game, ETC will be hosting a live game in Kahoot for elementary, middle, and high school Latin students on Friday. The contest will focus on the cultural theme of "Journeys of the Ancient World." More information can be found on the ETC Ludus Magnus website.  N.B. Game will not include Latin questions related to vocabulary or grammar.

4/19/20  Let's Celebrate Rome's Brithday, with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist in Rome.

4/20/20   Minecraft: Rome’s Blood, a live stream session with Magister Jessie Craft, Latin teacher and Minecraft educator. Join Magister Craft in his Minecraft world as we explore Ancient Rome together.  View the Minecraft: Rome's Blood session. 

4/21/20 ​  The Olympians, with George O'Connor,  illustrator and author of the Olympians, a series of graphic novels that retell the Greek myths. In OLYMPIANS, George draws from primary documents to reconstruct and retell classic Greek myths. But these stories aren’t sedate, scholarly works. They’re action-packed, fast-paced, high-drama adventures, with monsters, romance, and not a few huge explosions. O’Connor’s vibrant, kinetic art brings ancient tales to undeniable life, in a perfect fusion of super-hero aesthetics and ancient Greek mythology.  View The Olympians session.

4/22/20  Romulus and the Founding of Rome, with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist and director of the American Institute of Roman Culture in Rome.

4/23/20    Musical Performance, with Joe Goodkin, discusses life as a Modern Homeric Bard, the nature of Greek epic, and plays selections from both of his musical works, the Blues of Achilles and Joe’s Odyssey.  View the Being a Modern Bard session.

4/24/20     Rome’s Birthday Party, a LIVE birthday party to celebrate 2,768 years! Live Latin sing-a-long featuring Disney hits, old classics, and the beautiful vocals of Luke Ranieri, creator of the Latin Language blog and YouTube channel, Scorpio Martianus. View Rome's Birthday Party session. 

 4/25/20  Roman Hair, with Janet Stephens, a stylist, salon owner and Roman hair archaeologist. Have you ever wondered how ancient Roman women dressed their hair into such elaborate, gravity defying styles?  Join us for a HAIR RAISING lecture-demonstration featuring a live recreation of an ancient hairstyle and discussion of ancient artifacts and technology, the latin literature of grooming and hairdressing, the practical and social ramifications of hair in Roman daily life, anachronism in the intellectual history of ancient hairdressing and hair science.

4/26/20   Sacrifice and Ritual, with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist and director of the American Institute of Roman Culture in Rome.

4/27/20    A Day at the Races! Come and explore chariot racing in the Circus Maximus with Martha Pearlman.  We will look at both the area of the Circus Maximus today and try to reconstruct how it would have appeared in the 1st-3rd centuries CE.  We will look at Roman art and architecture that depict the Circus Maximus, the charioteers, their horses, and the design of their chariots. Can you imagine spending a day at the races?  View A Day at the Races session.

4/28/20     So you want to learn Greek? Come start out with the basics of Greek Language with Dr. Generosa Sangco-Jackson, chair of the National Greek exam! We’ll start with an introduction to the language, learn a bit about the Greek alphabet and penmanship, then talk about resources for learning Greek. Students will get the most out of this if they have something to write with.  View the So you want to learn Greek? session.

4/29/20  Walls of Rome, with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist and director of the American Institute of Roman Culture in Rome. 

4/29/20  GreekSpeak, George O’Connor talks mythology and comics live on Instagram. In order to access the livestream, follow him on Instagram (thegeorgeoconnor), click on the live stories at the top of his page to view the Live stream. If you miss the live stream, access the content on George’s Instagram story for 24 hours following and on his Youtube channel (George Olympians). 

4/30/20   Drink Like a Roman, Join to learn about the ancient Roman technology of wine making and then drink like a Roman. The Fabricatrix, Magistra Roy, will show you how to use some simple ancient Roman technology to experience wine (grape juice) like a Roman. N.B. No alcohol is involved.

5/1/20  Gaming with Mageesh, a live game experience with Magistra! Could be Gimkit, Kahoot, or Goosechase!?!?! Game information will be posted here

5/3/20  Roman Triumph, with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist and director of the American Institute of Roman Culture in Rome.

5/4/20 Mythi Musei - Myths at the Met.  The NYC Metropolitan Museum boasts an amazing collection of artwork from all time periods which highlight Greco-Roman mythological stories. Join Iohannes Young, the president of the North American Institute for Living Latin Studies (SALVI), on a virtual tour in Latin (together with bi-lingual subtitles) of some of the most important pieces, ranging from the first Greek vase to depict a mythological scene to 20th century symbolist paintings. 

5/5/20 Bread in Ancient Rome: Form, Function, Symbolism and Sustenance. Join award-winning archaeologist, Farrell Monaco, for a live BAKING presentation and lesson focused on bread and bread-making in ancient Rome. Farrell will discuss the archaeology of bread in ancient Rome, sources of evidence, the known varieties, methods of manufacture, form, function and symbolism. A Roman bread recipe will be provided to participants in advance. 

5/6/20  Let’s explore the 7 hills of Rome, with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist and director of the American Institute of Roman Culture in Rome. 

5/6/20 GreekSpeak, George O’Connor talks mythology and comics live on Instagram. In order to access the livestream, follow him on Instagram (thegeorgeoconnor), click on the live stories at the top of his page to view the Live stream. If you miss the live stream, access the content on George’s Instagram story for 24 hours following and on his Youtube channel (George Olympians).

5/7/20  Living Large in Ancient Rome:  Pay and Products for Civilians and Soldiers, a  live webinar on the Roman soldier, with Lori Hambly and David Michaels, members of Legion VI Historical Foundation. 

 5/8/20  Gaming with Mageesh, a live game experience with Magistra! Could be Gimkit, Kahoot, or Goosechase!?!?! Game information will be posted here

5/10/20   The Julio-Claudians, with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist and director of the American Institute of Roman Culture in Rome. Please check their website for the most up to date information, including topics. 

5/11/20    Roman Mosaic Making, Art - History - Geometry - Architecture. All these things come together in Roman floor mosaics.  Join Lawrence Payne, former nurse and modern artist, to discover the essentials of the ancient art and design your own mosaic. Discover how the Romans made mosaics, what processes they used, and the evidence that they left us. Students who want to join in the live mosaic experience should acquire the following items ahead of time.  

5/12/20   Partes Corporis Picture Talk, a Spoken Latin session. Everybody hurts sometimes.  Even the Romans needed ways to express what was hurting them! Using the vocabulary for parts of the body, Jenn Jarnagin, Latin teacher, leads a session focused on what is hurting people in images ranging from comics to sports.  Participants will also watch a short video about a wacky doctor visit, describing it in Latin as we go. 

5/13/20 Roman Priests & Priestesses, with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist and director of the American Institute of Roman Culture in Rome. Please check their website for the most up to date information, including topics. 

5/13/20 GreekSpeak, George O’Connor talks mythology and comics live on Instagram. In order to access the livestream, follow him on Instagram (thegeorgeoconnor), click on the live stories at the top of his page to view the Live stream. If you miss the live stream, access the content on George’s Instagram story for 24 hours following and on his Youtube channel (George Olympians). 

5/14/20    Roman Mysteries, join us for a live webinar session with Caroline Lawrence, author of the Roman mysteries book series, featuring a girl detective (think Nancy Drew in Ancient Rome) and 17 books. You can now watch the Roman Mysteries TV Show on Amazon Prime.  N.B. Please have students read the first few chapters of The Thieves of Ostia and Time Travel Diaries. Free Sample is available in Kindle App. 

5/15/20   Ancient Double Pipes, When you read ancient literature or look at ancient art, there are musical instruments everywhere. But have you ever wondered what they sounded like? Join April Spratley, ancient music scholar and Latin teacher, and Callum Armstrong, (https://callumarmstrong.co.uk/) professional piper, for a session featuring a demonstration of a replica of an ancient double-pipes. We'll also discuss the double-pipes, including mythological and social contexts, and modern efforts to bring this ancient instrument back to life.  View the Ancient Double Pipes session here. 

5/17/20   "Diversity and People in the Roman Empire," with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist and director of the American Institute of Roman Culture in Rome. Please check their website for the most up to date information, including topics. 

5/18/20  Harrius  Potterius  Movie Talk,  Join us for a SPOKEN LATIN session and movie viewing experience using key scenes from the Harry Potter movies led by John Bracey, Latin teacher, actor, and author.

5/19/20  Harrius Potterius Spells, a live stream STEM session with Nathalie Roy, certified nerd Latin and Roman Technology Teacher. Join in for a short lesson on Latin found in the spells and classical mythological references.

5/20/20   "What languages were spoken in the Roman Empire," with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist and director of the American Institute of Roman Culture in Rome. Please check their website for the most up to date information, including topics. 

5/20/20    GreekSpeak, George O’Connor talks mythology and comics live on Instagram. In order to access the livestream, follow him on Instagram (thegeorgeoconnor), click on the live stories at the top of his page to view the Live stream. If you miss the live stream, access the content on George’s Instagram story for 24 hours following and on his Youtube channel (George Olympians). 

5/21/20   Harrius  Potterius: Fabula! Join us for a SPOKEN LATIN story time with Miriam Patrick, Latin teacher and professional monster detective. Can you guess which mythological creature from the series is being described?

5/22/20  Harrius  Potterius Trivia: Gaming with Mageesh, a live game experience with Magistra! Game information will be posted here

5/24/20   TBD, with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist and director of the American Institute of Roman Culture in Rome. Please check the AIRC website for the most up to date information, including topics. 

 5/25/20     Cerberus et familia, Join us in a live SPOKEN LATIN session with Miriam Patrick for a meet and greet with everyone's favorite three-headed dog. We'll explore Cerberus' family and their unique view on life! 

5/26/20    Roman Clothing Part 2, a live stream session with Rachel Ash, Latin teacher and costume designer.  Join us for a short lesson on Roman clothing,  and then follow along as Rachel leads you through creating your own stola and toga! If you want to create the tunica undergarment, please review the prior session. N.B. Students who want to join in the live sewing experience, should acquire the following items ahead of time!  View Roman Clothing Part 2 here.

5/27/20   TBD, with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist and director of the American Institute of Roman Culture in Rome. Please check the AIRC website for the most up to date information, including topics. 

 5/20/20    GreekSpeak   George O’Connor talks mythology and comics live on Instagram. In order to access the livestream, follow him on Instagram (thegeorgeoconnor).  Click on the live stories at the top of his page to view the Live stream. If you miss the live stream, access the content on George’s Instagram story for the first  24 hours following and then on his Youtube channel (George O’Connor). 

5/28/20    Gaming with Mageesh, a live game experience with Magistra! Is it Gimkit, Kahoot, or Goosechase!?!?! Game information will be posted here

5/29/20     Latin and Legos Part 2, a live stream session with Anthony Gibbins, Latin teacher, and Lego educator. Magister Gibbons combines his love of Legos with Latin on the Legonium website! 

6/1/20   In a Heartbeat Movie Talk,  Join us for a live stream SPOKEN LATIN session and movie viewing experience in honor of PRIDE month using the animated short "In a Heartbeat”, led by John Bracey, Latin teacher, actor, and author. 

 6/2/20  Roman Makeup, Fabricatrix Nathalie Roy will do a short lesson on the Roman technology of makeup, and then Magistra Dee will do a makeup lesson in the Roman style which you can follow along with if you like. Get out those brushes and palettes for some Roman diva fun! 

6/3/20    Portico Ottavia, with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist and director of the American Institute of Roman Culture in Rome. Please check the AIRC website for the most up to date information, including topics. 

 6/3/20   GreekSpeak, George O’Connor talks mythology and comics live on Instagram. In order to access the livestream, follow him on Instagram (thegeorgeoconnor).  Click on the live stories at the top of his page to view the Live stream. If you miss the live stream, access the content on George’s Instagram story for the first  24 hours following and then on his Youtube channel (George O’Connor).

6/4/20    Coquamus, Join us for a live SPOKEN LATIN session and cooking experience led by Tim Smith, Latin teacher and cook. Students who want to join in the live Roman cooking experience should acquire the following items ahead of time! 

6/7/20    Crowds, Mobs, the People of Rome, with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist and director of the American Institute of Roman Culture in Rome. Please check the AIRC website for the most up to date information, including topics. 

6/8/20    The Black Hole,  Join us for a livestream SPOKEN LATIN session and movie viewing experience using the animated short "The Black Hole”, led by John Bracey, Latin teacher, actor, and author. 

6/9/20     Game Like a Roman: The Technology of Ancient Roman Games, Fabricatrix Nathalie Roy will do a short lesson about the technology of ancient Roman games. You'll explore some games played by ancient Romans and then make one yourself to play with your friends and family. Students who want to make their own game should acquire the following items ahead of time!  

6/10/20     Pons Fabricus, with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist and director of the American Institute of Roman Culture in Rome. Please check the AIRC website for the most up to date information, including topics. 

 6/10/20     GreekSpeak, George O’Connor talks mythology and comics live on Instagram. In order to access the livestream, follow him on Instagram (thegeorgeoconnor).  Click on the live stories at the top of his page to view the Live stream. If you miss the live stream, access the content on George’s Instagram story for the first  24 hours following and then on his Youtube channel (George O’Connor). 

6/11/20     Coquamus, Join us for a live SPOKEN LATIN session and cooking experience led by Tim Smith, Latin teacher and cook. Students who want to join in the live Roman cooking experience should acquire the following items ahead of time!   

6/14/20     Slavery in the Roman World: Life of the Slave, with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist and director of the American Institute of Roman Culture in Rome. Please check the AIRC website for the most up to date information, including topics. 

6/15/20     The LMNOPs of Latin, a live stream session with Magister Jessie Craft, Latin teacher and Minecraft educator. Join Magister Craft in his Minecraft world as we show how to keep your Latin fresh and even improve it by playing Minecraft. 

6/16/20     Boom! The Top 10 Nerdiest Things You Never Knew about Mount Vesuvius: Join Magistra Roy for some fascinating STEM facts and demonstrations about Mount Vesuvius. After a short presentation, she'll blow up her own mini-Mt. Vesuvius in her backyard. Yes, she'll wear her safety glasses.  View the BOOM! session here. 

 6/17/20    Pons Fabricius Q&A, with Darius Arya, a Roman archaeologist and director of the American Institute of Roman Culture in Rome. Please check the AIRC website for the most up to date information, including topics. 

6/18/20     GreekSpeak, George O’Connor talks mythology and comics live on Instagram. In order to access the livestream, follow him on Instagram (thegeorgeoconnor).  Click on the live stories at the top of his page to view the Live stream. If you miss the live stream, access the content on George’s Instagram story for the first  24 hours following and then on his Youtube channel (George O’Connor).  

6/19/20     Roman Medicine, with Molly Ayn Jones Lewis, a social and cultural historian of ancient medicine who teaches at University of Maryland. Join Dr. Lewis as we explore ancient medicine, a Roman medkit and experiment with actual techniques and tools in real time. View the Roman Medicine session here.