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Gloucester Cathedral

Women in the Aeneid

5th-6th November 2016

with George Sharpley

You could say the role of women in the ancient world has been comprehensively researched over the past decade or two. But then that is making up for lost time. Female characters in the Aeneid are richly interesting. Did Virgil have an 'agenda' to reinforce traditional roles, is he just telling an exceptional story, or what?  Details

Fully enrolled. Email us for a cancellation place.

Latin for Beginners

25th February 2017

Spend a day sampling classical Latin with insights into lives of the writers; discover the Latin words at the root of English ones, see how the language works, and hear Latin poems, all in a day!

Roman Baths

Ancient Rome: a history

This two-day follow-up to Latin for beginners

is coming to Bath on

19-20 November 2016 (cancellation places only)

and again on 18-19 February 2017

Latin for Beginners

is coming again to Roman Baths on

Saturday 28th Jan 2017

and Saturday 4th March 2017

To book a place, call Roman Baths on 01225 477773

Fishbourne Roman Palace

Latin for Beginners

is coming again to Sussex on

Saturday 26 November 2016

Fully enrolled.

For a cancellation place or details of an additional date, call Fishbourne on 01243 785859.



Why Latin in cathedrals?

In the 8th and 9th centuries there was a renaissance of learning in Europe, and Latin was at its heartin cathedrals and monasteries.

At that time the overlord of a large part of western Europe, Charlemagne, had many new cathedrals and monasteries built. He instructed them to teach Latin, to produce more scribes to work in the courts and more priests to use the one language shared across Europe.

Gloucester CathedralThe Latin of Charlemagne’s day was a broad sweep of literature. There were liturgical and religious texts, laws, histories, administrative records (then, the clergy did all the ‘clerical’ work), works of fiction and poems, and also the treasured books of a much earlier time.

These pre-Christian writers – poets, historians, orators, storytellers and letter-writers reflected values of a quite different world; but they were too good to ignore. The great classical writings of Cicero, Virgil and Ovid, whose stories of mischievous gods and whimsical goddesses were treated as allegories, were copied and kept alive in the cathedrals and monasteries.


Latin for Beginners

Student feedback from spring 2016 tour

Greek literature weekends

at Gloucester Cathedral

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