Latin classes and workshops
Tel: 01452 731113
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
25th February 2017
This two-day follow-up to Latin for beginners is coming to Bath on 19-20 November 2016
and again on 18-19 February 2017
is coming again to Roman Baths on
To book a place, call Roman Baths on 01225 477773
Fishbourne Roman Palace
is coming again to Sussex on
To book a place, 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 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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