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Courses and events 2018       

One-day courses unless indicated


Roman Baths, Bath

Romans in Britain:

A tale of two queens

Saturday 5 May



Fishbourne Roman Palace, Sussex

Romans in Britain:

A tale of two queens

Saturday 12 May


Ivor Gurney Hall, Gloucester

The Song of Arms and a Man

Saturday 9 June




Roman Baths, Bath

An introduction to

Ancient Greece and Rome

Saturday 20 October

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Course summaries

Courses are led by George Sharpley

An introduction to Ancient Greece and Rome  
The histories of ancient Greece and Rome are inextricably linked - and also with our own.
See how the ancient languages have influenced English and how their cultures have had such an impact on the modern world.

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. 

Romans in Britain: a tale of two queens
Spend a day looking at the early years of the Roman occupation of Britain, leading up to the explosive rebellion of the Iceni tribe. The Romans were astonished to find women ruling tribes. Boudicca is the best known, whose turbulent time in power lasted only a few months, while her contemporary Cartimandua ruled the largest tribe in Britain and survived years of conflict - including from her husband.

Cleopatra and the Augustan poets
Cleopatra was vilified as a foreign seductress, waylaying not one but two prominent leaders of Rome. At first read, the poets Virgil and Horace seem to reflect the misgivings of their contemporaries. But on closer inspection what else do we find? Did the ‘Helen’ of her time really take her own life? This course will study the original Latin.

A history of Rome
Hear legends of early Rome, trace the conflict with Hannibal and Carthage, and witness Rome’s cultural catch-up with Greece. The plot thickens as we reach the era of Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Mark Antony and Augustus. Some knowledge of Latin will be helpful, but not essential. You will see and hear Latin - but with translations.

Stories in Latin
This course concentrates on the language, taking it step-by-step through the grammar and vocabulary. Follow several engaging stories, including why a young poet decided against a career in law, and what happened to Anna, Dido’s sister, after Aeneas left Africa. We’ll also be looking at Latin words at the root of English ones. A good follow-up to Latin for Beginners.

Women in the Aeneid
Virgil's great epic presents a rich variety of female characters. Are doom-laden characters like Dido and Camilla a reminder of what happens if women step beyond cultural norms and expectations? Meet the wives, lovers, mothers, queens, goddesses, furies and more. They are brave, independent, loving, loyal, manipulative, morally courageous, ruthless, violent and vulnerable. We look at what these women bring to the story, and consider the wider picture of women within ancient Roman society. This course is not for complete beginners to Latin: you will read and hear lines from the poem. Longer passages will be read in translation.

Latin Voices

A chance to get close to the heart of Latin literature with this day on Latin poetry. We will look at the principles behind Latin metre, at different verse-forms, and enjoy readings from a variety of authors.


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