Libellum: The newest addition to the GFS literary magazine family

The inaugural issue of Libellum, the Classics literary journal.
The inaugural issue of Libellum, the Classics literary journal. Courtesy of Claire Schmidt.
 The Classics Literary Journal is a very recent club, and one whose purpose is not necessarily evident from its name. However, after just a few questions with student leader Arielle Krakow ’14, it became very clear that it was a club worth getting to know.

 The Journal, also known as Libellum (Latin for “Little Book”), is intended for students who take Greek or Latin. However, it is not merely meant to teach its members more about the historical significance of these two “dead” languages, but rather, to bring them to life again in ways that are easily malleable for the creativity of the individual. It is a place to not only work on interpretation of Classical works, but also to actually write poetry in prose in their language. As a result, it is a club that can not only expand upon any student’s interest in classics, but also help them academically, too.

“The club is still in its early stages,” said Arielle, “but it really is a wonderful thing to work on writing [and] translating Latin and Greek, and doing so brings a deeper understanding of the beautiful, if often unappreciated languages.”

 Although the 2012-13 school year is coming to a close, the club has no intentions of stopping. In regards to actual content, Arielle noted, “I hope that next year there will be even more submissions and members, because I believe that working in Latin [or] Greek can help to improve one’s ability to translate passages in class as well.”

 Obviously, this club is not for everybody, as a lack of knowledge of Greek or Latin would make participation slightly more difficult than for a Classics student. It is important to remember that this is not a class, nor is it a tutoring program; it is a club in addition to a classical study, with a goal of enriching the student’s connection with whatever ancient language they take. However, for students who take Greek or Latin, are interested in what they are learning, and are open to going into a deeper study, the Classics Literary Journal would love to have these kinds of new members next year.

And, for students looking for still more information on what the work done in class would look like, this June will see the release of a miniature publication, with the edited final projects contained.

Copies of Libellum can be picked up in the Classics Department.