Greek Studies on Site 2014

 Greek Studies on Site is a center for the study of Classical literature and culture. It offers a series of seminars in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute at Athens. Its programs are open to students of Classics, Philosophy, History, and related disciplines, as well as adult learners with an interest in Ancient Greek culture. All seminars meet both indoors and out, with many sessions taking place in archaeological sites and museums.

Explore topics such as  Love in Greek Antiquity, Greek Mythology in Athens and Follow in the Footsteps of Socrates.  Find out more from the Greek Studies On Site website

Terrace Chants

Watch out for Jonathan Ross’ TV show tonight. It may well be featuring one or both of the Lampards.

Lampard Junior, whose qualification in Latin has been quoted by many a Latin teacher, to the extent that it has now become legendary, may be challenged to translate football chants, whose complex melodies seem familiar from the terraces, but whose Latinity is unfamiliar. Listen up for one or more of these:

Ten Men went to lift, went to lift Frank Lampard.
·      You’re going home in a F*cking ambulance.
·      Who ate all the pies.
·      I’m forever blowing bubbles.
·      We’ve got tiny (Cox) (small player called Dean Cox played for Leyton Orient)

·      Super, Super Frank.
·      Sit down, shut up. Sit down, shut up.
·      You’re not singing, you’re not singing, you’re not singing any more!

Latin versions courtesy of a well-known Classicist.

Latin in Belgium

Latin is used in Belgium in everyday life


Follow this BLOG  for the evidence!

With thanks to Johan Viroux




The Classical inspirations of Opera

Here is a request from one of our long- standing ARLT members:
Our N.Staffs CA branch is seeking a speaker on what might be called ‘the classical inspirations of opera’ as members have expressed an interest in hearing a lecture, from the classical perspective, on how opera has been informed by classical literature, myth and history. 
We seek a speaker, who is a classicist and who appreciates that the basic hybrid format of Greek tragedy is not just the ‘inspiration’ of opera but its direct origin and parent.
We are a branch with a sprinkling of classics “professionals” but composed mainly of interested amateurs so to speak, together with some with no background in the Classics at all. The age range is from (occasionally) secondary school to well into retirement age, but is certainly not one of the oldest aged membership of branches in the country. Normal attendance is from 15 -25, although we do have nearly 60 local members. We usually provide an evening meal after the talk, if the speaker can remain with us, and overnight accommodation can be offered when needed (and of course travelling expenses).
If you can help, or can suggest someone, please contact Monica Swnburne

After 2,000 years, ‘carpe diem’ still resonates in home town of Horace

From the Vancouver Sun:

A statue of Horace  stands in the centre of a square in his home town of Venosa. The Latin poet, who lived from 65 BC to 8 BC, is much celebrated in the small, southern Italian city. A hotel and a school are named after him, and excerpts from his works are displayed on outdoor wall panels that are lit up after dark

ImageVENOSA, Italy - Horace, the great Latin poet of ancient Rome, was confident of his literary legacy: “I have achieved a monument more lasting than bronze, and loftier than the pyramids of kings,” he wrote in one of his celebrated odes.

His physical monument here is an impressive tribute — maybe a bit too impressive.

Erected in his birthplace of Venosa in 1898, the larger-than-life-size bronze depicts a tall, perfectly proportioned, toga-clad figure — despite the fact that Horace described himself as being short and stout.

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ARLT Summer School 2013

The 2013 ARLT Summer School will be held at Roehampton University, and will be directed by Alex Smith.

Some highlights  include the Pompeii exhibit in the British Museum, Kaloi Kagathoi doing ‘Medea the Musical’, a new panel style discussion on various aspects of Classics Teaching and a host of stimulating lectures. We have a limit on numbers, so you will need to apply early to guarantee a place.

Dates: 23rd - 27th July 2013

Booking Form and further details are here

And don’t forget the Refresher Day in Loughborough:

To be directed by Hilary Walters, this is a good opportunity to share some last minute exam advice and ideas for next year.

Saturday 2nd March 2013

This lunacy about Latin makes me want to weep with rage

How can we understand our world unless we understand the ancient world first?

Read Boris Johnson doing what he does best:

Boris Johnson


Tweet in Latin

Recently posted on the ARLT Message Board:

It is with pleasure that we would like to announce the opening of the Twitter Translation Center for Latin. The Twitter Translation Center enables registered users to translate the Twitter user interface into their own language. This helps bring Twitter to a broader base of global users, who are then able to use Twitter for communication with their friends and family, fellow speakers of their language globally, and for informational purposes (as has been the case during recent earthquakes, tsunamis, and, most recently, Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines.)

The 800,000+ volunteer translators currently registered for the Translation Center come from all corners of the world, walks of life, and major language groups.

By opening the Translation Center in Latin, we hope to attract a population of both teachers and students who seek real-world applications for this classical language, and also hope to encourage the use of the Twitter Translation Center in language pedagogy.

Languages available for translation in the Twitter Translation Center belong to one of two models: moderated, or self-service. Latin is the fifty-first language supported by the Twitter Translation Center; it is being opened as a community-moderated, self-service language designed to encourage participation by the greatest number. The first portion of the Center that is open for any given language is the Glossary: this allows the community of translators to decide on the most appropriate terms for a number of particularly common words in the Twitter lexicon. Accompanying forums also provide a space for language discussion.

As you are a community engaged with the teaching and study of Latin, we wanted to let you know. We are also particularly receptive to feedback that can help us make the Translation Center work better for you.

We’ve blogged about opening Latin for translation on the Twitter International blog:
The Translation Center itself can be found at:
We hope that you forward this news to your membership, and we look forward to receiving feedback and ideas from you for the use of the Translation Center for language learning.

@avalenc, on behalf of the Twitter Translation Center Team

Look out the Romans are coming ……to Frenchgate shopping centre

From the Doncaster Free Press:

St Leger Festival Week is fast approaching with over 200 events running from September 7 – 16. As part of the festival, the Romans are coming to town, however this time they are marching through the Frenchgate Shopping Centre which should prove quite the spectacle to the retailers and people shopping within.

 On Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September the Romans will set up camp around Doncaster and will begin marching at 12noon from the Minster. They will then proceed down Baxter gate until they reach the Frenchgate Shopping Centre shortly after 12noon.

Around 2pm the Roman army recruitment team will be signing up children to join the Roman Army (suitable for 4-10 year olds); full uniform and training will be provided! Finally at 3pm a range of Gladiators will line up for the grand “Gladiator Contest” and do battle on the Doncaster Minster grounds.

Outside the Minster, there will be displays of drill, Roman coin making and visitors can even learn how to write their names in Latin. Archaeologists are also on hand with genuine Roman artefacts found in Doncaster. Both days should prove great fun for all the family.

Colin Joy, Tourism Manager for Doncaster said “I’m delighted that the Frenchgate Shopping Centre is going to be part of the route for the Roman Army and supporting the St Leger Festival Week celebrations. Shoppers will experience something quite unique, but we hope everyone enjoys the Roman Army’s triumphant return to Doncaster and joins in the fun.”

Festival Guides, listing all of the 200+ events, are available from the Information Desk inside the Frenchgate Centre and also the Tourist Information Centre on the High Street. Should you require anymore information visit St Leger Festival Week.

A legion of Roman soldiers take over the town as part of the St Leger Festival celebrations. Picture: Shaun Flannery

A legion of Roman soldiers take over the town as part of the St Leger Festival celebrations. Picture: Shaun Flannery

The item has attracted one comment so far:

“The Romans coming to Donny?

Lets hope they’ve got immobilisers fitted to their chariots or they’ll soon be gone.

As Julius Caesar once said when he came to Doncaster -
‘I came, I saw, I signed on’.”

Open Book Publisher announces

Following the success of Ingo Gildenhard’s recent textbook ‘Cicero,
Against Verres: 2.1.53-86: Latin Text with Introduction, Study Questions,
Commentary and English Translation’, Open Book Publisher is delighted to
announce the forthcoming publication of

‘Virgil, Aeneid 4.1–299: Latin text, study questions, commentary, and
interpretive essays’ by Ingo Gildenhard.

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-909254-15-2. Price: £14.95.

This work focuses on one of the Latin A-Level set texts on the OCR
syllabus 2013-2015: Virgil, Aeneid 4.1-299.

A unique teaching tool, it offers a portion of the original Latin text, a
commentary, study questions, and a selection of interpretative essays.
Ingo Gildenhard’s incisive commentary in particular is designed to guide
readers through, and encourage them beyond, what is prescribed by the
A-level syllabus. Detailed linguistic explanation combines with and
encourages critical analysis and discussion of the most recent scholarly

Free to read, digital and paper editions will be available from our
and from traditional book retailers from November 2012. If you would like
to pre-order and be the very first to receive this new work, please


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