Michaelmas Term 2020
Latin Reading Fluency Classes
Friday, 12:30-13:30, Oriel College
These classes are divided into two levels: beginners (no previous experience in Latin required) and intermediate (GCSE-level or its equivalent or beyond). The beginners and intermediate students will be working our way through Hans Ørberg’s Familia Romana while the advanced group under the leadership of Dr Melinda Letts will be reading and Caesar’s De bello Gallico. Both newcomers and veteran Latinists will learn by means of immersive and interactive exercises and experience Latin as a living language.
Wednesday, 19:30-20:30, Oriel College
Friday, 13:30-14:30, Oriel College
These are intermediate classes in Ancient Greek. This term we are using the Accademia Vivarium Novum’s version of Athenaze Vol. II, and the class is conducted using an immersive approach. Some prior experience with Ancient Greek is necessary.
Virgil reading group
Tuesday, 19:30, Oriel College
We meet weekly with the aim of reading viva voce, singing, and understanding the whole of Virgil’s Aeneid. The methodology of this class is based on the doctoral research which one of our leaders is conducting in the invaluable ancient arts of memory and metrics.
Immersive T&C Reading Class
Wednesday, 13:00-14:00, Ioannou Centre (Outreach Room)
Our Latin T&C reading classes are focused on the ‘Texts & Contexts’ syllabus: Cicero’s witty Pro Caelio, Petronius’ decadent Cena Trimalchionis, and poems by Propertius and Catullus bursting with jokes and emotion. They will be a fun way to practice and review the texts for those who are yet to sit Mods and an opportunity to read some of the most engaging works of ancient Rome for everyone else.
Saturdays, 10:30-11:30, Jesus College
Intermediate/Advanced Latin text reading and discussion groups. Last year we read parts of works as diverse as Seneca’s De Otio, Cicero’s De Amicitia, Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Augustine’s Confessions. There is also opportunity for others to choose a text and lead a session: if you would be interested in doing this, do not hesitate to get in touch!
Speak Greek, Live Latin
Tuesday, 13:00-14:00, Ioannou Centre
An informal Latin & Greek speaking group led by Professor Gregory Hutchinson, the Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford. It will be a fun way to practice your language, whether you have never spoken Latin or Greek before or are already an experienced orator.
Latin conversation and song evening
We occasionally host a friendly “Nox Musarum”, a wonderful way to end the academic week and a great opportunity to get together and converse latine, to invoke the Muses in poetry and song, and to make fitting and festive libations! Write to firstname.lastname@example.org.