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Courses to come in 2016 at

Gloucester Cathedral

Augustus and Rome

20th-21st August 2016

with George Sharpley

A two-day course in August on the life and times of the man after whose title the month was named. No Latin needed for this course - although you will hear some read aloud.  Details

Ancient Rome: a history

3rd-4th September 2016

with George Sharpley

Express tour of ancient Rome from early beginnings to imperial times, through the eyes of ancient authors.

Natural follow-on for those who have attended Sharpley's Latin-for-beginners day.  Details

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

Greek Literature weekend

at Gloucester Cathedral

Saturday 18th-19th June

with Dr Paul Pritchard




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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