Latin for Pleasure

Isabel Raphael
Online
Tuesday 2.30pm - 4.00pm

THE AUTUMN TERM WILL RUN VIA ZOOM.

This course is for those who have a basic understanding of Latin (much of which may have been forgotten), who would enjoy reading classical authors in the original language. It is an opportunity to brush up your Latin and enjoy reading and discussing a wide variety of poetry and prose in a relaxed and informal way. Text and vocabulary provided.

Latin for Pleasure offers an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate Latin poetry and prose from a literary and historic point of view, without the linguistic grind that so many of us remember with dismay. Even if you have forgotten a great deal, the essential structure and vocabulary come back remarkably quickly, and I am there to guide the group through unfamiliar word order, and to identify forgotten endings of nouns, adjectives and verbs. This allows us to read at a comfortable speed, with time to recognise and appreciate the force and elegance of the language but without getting bogged down in ‘the obscurity of a learned language’. Our readings stimulate discussion of all kinds; every session brings something new and interesting to think about. We cover a wide range of classical authors, including Catullus, Ovid, Virgil, Martial, Livy, Tacitus, Pliny, Cicero and Caesar, but we also take in Latin epitaphs and eulogies, ancient and modern, and extracts from Medieval Latin, for example the murder of Thomas à Becket and Peter Abelard’s autobiography. Passages are selected but not altered; we read only the genuine texts. Appropriate vocabulary is provided for each piece.

There is no ‘level’ to be attained. Students go at their own pace, and there is always time for questions, for background and grammatical explanation from me, and for contributions from everybody. We have a really good time!

Dates:
Autumn Term 22 Sept - 01 Dec 2020 (Half term 27 Oct)
PLEASE NOTE WE ARE ONLY TAKING BOOKINGS FOR THE AUTUMN TERM
Fees:
£100 non-member - 10-week term
£81 member - 10-week term