Getty Villa Teens programs

Summer Latin Academy (Academia Aestiva Latina) at the Getty Villa

Date: Monday, June 22–Friday, June 26, 2015, daily; 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Location: The Getty Villa
Admission: Admission to the Getty Villa Summer Latin Academy depends on the successful completion and acceptance of the program application. Space is limited and applications are due by Friday, May 29, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

Latin Academy students
The Summer Latin Academy offers high school Latin students an opportunity to immerse themselves in the language and culture of the ancient Romans. This week-long program combines classroom instruction in spoken Latin with activity-based exploration of the Getty Villa site and Museum collection. Led by local high school teachers affiliated with the North American Institute for Living Latin Studies (SALVI) in collaboration with Getty Villa museum educators, the program is a chance to discover the pleasures of spoken Latin in the unique environment of a museum modeled on an ancient Roman luxury villa.

The 2015 Summer Latin Academy theme, Mercury: More than a Messenger, will focus on the powerful and multi-faceted Roman god from antiquity, who was known to the Greeks as Hermes. Using the Getty Villa’s antiquities collection and the special exhibition, Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville , students will have the opportunity to explore the many permutations of this powerful and seemingly ubiquitous messenger of the gods. By considering some of the god’s most important powers, students will explore such topics as Roman commerce and economy, oratory, and theater. Morning instruction will focus on the examination of plays, inscriptions, and other readings that highlight the roles and significance of Mercury, while afternoon activities in the museum galleries and gardens will consider how the god was made manifest in art and through narrative. Additionally, special lectures and field trips are planned to help illuminate the summer's theme.

Participation in the Summer Latin Academy is by application. High school students with at least one year of Latin are encouraged to apply. Advanced ability in Latin does not ensure placement in the program; all applications are considered. For further information, please contact

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