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Courses and events 2018/9       

One-day courses unless indicated

 

Dover Castle

Latin for Beginners

Wednesday 21 November 2018

Contact us for details

 

 

Gloucester Cathedral

Latin for Beginners

Sunday 25 November 2018

 

 

 

 

Roman Baths, Bath

Latin for Beginners

Saturday 23 March 2019

Call the museum for details

01225 477773

 

 

Gloucester Cathedral

A day in ancient Greece and Rome

Saturday 30 March 2019

 

 

 

Fishbourne Roman Palace, Sussex

A day in ancient Greece and Rome

Saturday 6 April 2019

Call Fishbourne (01243 785859) for details

 

 

Gloucester Cathedral

A day with Horace's Odes

Saturday 24 August 2019

 

 

 

Fishbourne Roman Palace, Sussex

Latin for Beginners

Saturday 16 November 2019

Call Fishbourne for details

01243 785859

 

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Courses are presented by George Sharpley


Latin for Beginners

Spend a day on classical Latin, with a look at Latin words at the root of English ones. See how the language works, enjoy some ancient gossip, learn more about ancient writers, and hear their work read aloud.


A day in ancient Greece and Rome  
What do the ancient Greeks and Romans mean to you? This one-day course traces the rise of Greek civilisation from the legendary times of Troy to the end of the Roman Republic and the first emperors. These two cultures are closely related and in turn shaped the world that followed. The Greek classical heyday was the fifth century BC, Rome’s was four hundred years later. In between came Alexander and his conquests, which left a world transfused with Hellenism: this was what the Romans inherited and they put their own stamp on it. In fact they put their stamp on quite a lot.


Horace's Odes
How unique a poet is Horace? He belongs to a well-established tradition of preclassical Greek lyric poets, he reproduces their forms, themes and functions, and even their metres in the Latin language. He absorbs literary mannerisms of 3rd century Greek poets from Alexandria and also from recent Roman poets like Catullus. After him come medieval verses which echo similar themes, and renaissant and later poets who deliberately seek comparison (Ben Johnson, Marvel, Pope and others). He is one link in a long chain of lyric poetry. And yet he has an extraordinarily distinctive voice. None of his themes and topics are new (e.g. invitations, celebrations, goodbyes, praises, erotic desires, farewells to love, reflections on friendship, how to live, and not least what to drink). It is possible that there may be more poems lost to us which are close models. But somehow Horace stands out as one of the most original poets in all antiquity, for his humane, ironic outlook, his unpredictable switching of direction (scene, characterisation, emotional focus, tone, slipping into humour or irony and back again); and above all what one scholar called the ‘miracle of sound’: his choice of words, in their time fresh and colloquial, and their enchanting (and for us challenging!) arrangement.



 

 

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