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Latin classes and workshops


Tel: 01452 731113

Courses to come in 2017


Sat  25 March     St Davids Cathedral

Latin for Beginners

Sat 22 April     Fishbourne Roman Palace

Latin for Beginners

Sat 29 April     Llandaff Cathedral

Latin for Beginners

Sat & Sun 6-7 May     Roman Baths

History of Rome

Sat 19 August     Gloucester Cathedral

Stories in Latin      

Sat & Sun 14-15 Oct     Fishbourne Roman Palace

History of Rome

Sat 4 Nov     Gloucester Cathedral

Latin Voices

Sun 5 Nov     Gloucester Cathedral

Boudicca's near-Brexit

Feedback for Latin for Beginners

Student and press/media reviews

from spring 2016 tour

Greek literature weekends

at Gloucester Cathedral


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.

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Latin language classes, courses, readings, books and films