More news about the ARLT Summer School/INSET

The Summer School/Inset is the high point of the ARLT year. This year's course director, Linda Soames, has just sent me an update. I set down here the outline information. For the full details and a down-loadable application form, please go to the Summer School page on the ARLT site.

Dates: Thurs 21st – Sunday 24th July 2005

Place: Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey


Option Groups on set texts, Classical Civilisation topics, Junior Latin, Latin conversation, Classroom drama, New Testament Greek etc.

All day visit from the Hellenic Bookservice

On-Line Latin


LVPA – the she-wolf or the society?

I was sent this link: – thanks, Brian!

It will take you to an extensive site, all in Latin, of the society called LVPA, Latinitati Vivae Provehendae Associatio. Naturally, the web pages carry this picture of the she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus.

The society is based in Germany, and originated in Xanten, the partially reconstructed Roman town. They
I particluarly like the page of phalerae or buttons with Latin inscriptions suitable for Latin speakers and pupils.

There are also CDs, a programme of conferences, and much more. Have a look.

Wine, women and song – well, song, anyway.

Twelfth Night is coming all too soon, and we shall have to stop our revels and celebrations. What. you've stopped already? Shame on you! Anyhow, it seems a good time to offer some really, really classical music.

I used to have a short tape of what was advertised as ancient Roman music – reproduction instruments playing characteristic pieces – which I found very useful to accompany readings of some parts of the Cambridge Latin Course. Now you can buy a CD with three quarters of an hour of similar music. Read about, and order, the CD here, and listen to a short extract in mp3 format here.

These pieces are modern pastiches of what people imagine Roman music was like. On another CD the same group have recorded the surviving Greek tunes. Information is here, and a sample of one of the songs is here.

If you prefer modern settings of Latin texts, then you might like to check out this web page. There are several audio samples of what is called Latein Hip-Hop (it is a German site) which to my ears sound more like Rap, but what do I know? Anyhow, here's a sample that uses, among other words which I can't make out, the epigram which Tacitus ascribes to Calgacus, 'solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant'.