The Pompeiiana Newsletter was created and edited by Bernard Barcio and ran from 1974 through 2003. Pompeiiana offered a place for Latin students to publish comics, stories, games, and articles, and was a beloved resource for Latin teachers. In 2008, Barcio granted Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers the rights for all of Pompeiiana. This blog will make all 229 issues freely available to Latin teachers, students, and others interested in Classics, one issue per day.
Contents: The cover sports a model of a Pompeiian house built by Mindy Pasz of Fulton Junior High School. Contents include "Latin . . . A Language Beging to be Part of a Living Culture", "The House of Marcus Loreius Tiburtinus, Citizen of Pompeii", "Roman Mosaics, Tesseraed Splendors of Antiquity Appreciated Only Through Reproduction", "Pompeiian Bread" recipe, "Latin Teachers can be Retired from the Classroom . . . but You Can't Stop them from Teaching Latin", Wordfind by Sally Simpson, Latin Conundrums puzzle, "De Bello Gerendo", fundraising for the Museum of Classical Heritage in America, "Bottles for Latin" fundraiser, "Is the Seventh Grade too Early to Start Studying Latin?", "The Gong Show Strikes Again".
Content: On the cover, Fulton Junior High School seventh grade Latin students sing Saturnalia songs to their parents. Articles include "Pompeiianae Praefectus Salutem Dicit Litterarum Classicarum Studiosis", "What Happened to Lupercalia?", "Felicitas est" by a student of Gisele MacHarg of Hartford High School, White River Junction, Vermont, "An Evening at the 'Theatrum'", "Cantemus Latine" featuring Latin translations of public domain songs by Samuel A. Goldberg, "Latin . . . A Springboard to a Career in Commercial Art" featuring art by Patty Payne of Bay St. Louis High School in Mississippi, "Dies Nefasti or You Know it's Going to be a Bad Day When", Greek alphabet wordfind and acrostic.
Contents: Bernard Barcio (as Marcus Loreius Tiburtinus of Pompeii) and John Gerhring are on the cover. Articles include "Pompeiianae Praefectus Salutem Dicit Litterarum Classicarum Studiosis!", "Dead Language Won't Stay in Grave", "His rebus dictis . . ." comic by Kathy Long of Brattleboro, Vermont, "Let's Have a Toga Hop!" with photos from Mt. Vernon High School in Fortville, Indiana, "Conundrums" puzzle from Pekin Community High School, "Fourth National Chariathon", "Characters in the Odyssey" wordfind from Robin Walden, "Big Mac Attack" slogan in Latin, "Bottles for Latin and a Trip to Malibu . . .".
Comments: The cover features Donald Diboll and Scherell Necaiso dining at the Bay High Latin Club's Roman banquet. Articles include "Pompeiianae Praefectus Salutem Dicit Litterarum Classicarum Studiosis!", "Latin is Definitely Alive and Well in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi" with photos, "Rendering Tribute Unto Latin" NASSP Curriculum Report, Latin crossword (with some of the answers pencilled in...), "Hic, Haec, Hoc Makes a Comeback" by Luix Overbea for the Christian Science Monitor, April 9, 1980, "Nihil Novis" jokes and comics, assorted advertising.
Contents: "Forum Romanun Word Hunt" by Robin Walden on the cover, "Pompeiianae Praefectus Salutem Dicit Litterarum Classicarum Studiosis!", "Bottles for Latin Week", "Effects of Latin" student essay, "Indiana Teacher of the Year" Jeannette van der Vliet of Mt. Vernon High School in Fortville, Indiana, "Romulus and Remus" comic by Mike Gillespie of Sylva-Webster High School, "Gods and Goddesses Game", "Junior Classical League Chapter, Borger, Texas", "Latin . . . Hanging in There in New Mexico", "Latina Conundrums" by students of Hartford High School in White River Junction, Vermont.