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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 like Gloucester above.
Courses at cathedrals,
museums and Roman sites
An introduction to ancient Greece and Rome
Latin for Beginners
Stories in Latin
A history of Rome
Women in the Aeneid
Romans in Britain: a tale of two queens
Cleopatra and the Augustan poets
For details, dates and venues, go here.
for published courses
Catch up with mulus
and his friends
Why would the ablative case help detectives solve a murder mystery?
with cartoon exercises
Matthew Hargreaves reads from Aeneid 6, Virgil's story of Aeneas visiting the underworld.
Martial's doctor leaves him feeling even worse.
Catullus to Lesbia:
let's live and love
Virgil's distraught hero Aeneas has lost his wife. Here he is comforted by her ghost.
Carpe diem, says
Horace to his girl.
Ovid's story of
Narcissus and Echo
Teach Yourself Complete Latin
George Sharpley reads from Gavin Betts' course.