Latin classes and workshops
Tel: 01452 731113
Courses to come
Sat 28 Jan 2017 Roman Baths
18-19 Feb 2017 Roman Baths
A history of Ancient Rome (2 days)
Sat 25 Feb 2017 Gloucester Cathedral
Sat 4 March 2017 Roman Baths
Sat 25 March 2017 St Davids Cathedral
Sat 22nd April 2017 Fishbourne Roman Palace
Sat 29 April 2017 Llandaff Cathedral
Feedback for Latin for Beginners
Greek literature weekends
Why Latin in cathedrals?
In the 8th and 9th centuries there was a renaissance of learning in Europe, and Latin was at its heart – in 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.
The 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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