I went on a thoroughly mind-expanding trip to Italy this April with the members of high school Latin club and the one of the most vibrant, knowledgeable teachers I’ve ever had. Magistra breathed a sense of wonder into all of us long before we step foot on Italian soil, and made the trip a gritty, amazing expansion of everything I had ever read about in Latin book.
These sketches are from the day we spent in the Roman Forum. I had drawn a large model of the Arch of Septimius Severus when I was fifteen for a project in Magistra’s freshman Latin II class, so seeing the monument in person was an unbelievable and slightly emotional experience.
In reality (it is incredibly intricate):