Latin for Pleasure

Isabel Raphael
Tuesdays 2.30pm - 4.00pm

Who is the course for?
The course is suitable for anyone who has a grasp of basic Latin: grammar, structure, vocabulary etc. There is no required level, and memory is often surprisingly supportive!

How the course is taught?
We read together a wide selection of texts which go out online from the Tutor. These may be cut, but are never altered. Each includes special vocabulary needed for particular passages. We usually alternate between prose and verse, with a different author each term, chosen from Roman writers, medieval documents and even modern sources. We also look at various translations, and consider the Classical heritage today and in the past.

This is a pattern that has continued happily for over 20 years.

The Tutor presents most of the translation, and is always ready to answer questions and to lead discussion in the group. Illustrations are produced when relevant and available.

No particular preparation is required, but it may be useful for newcomers to remind themselves of the language and how it works, with a look at a beginner’s course book!

Recommended: The Hellenic Book Service, 89 Fortress Road, NW5 1AG. (For Latin as well as Greek!)

Classes have continued throughout lockdown on Zoom, with much greater ease and enjoyment than we anticipated. This system is likely to be continued in the coming year.

21 September - 30 November 2021 (Half term Tuesday 26 October)
Non-members: £103 (10 weeks)
Members: £83 (10 weeks)
Concessions: £10 (contact the office for details)