Cambridge Greek Play website offers audio of Medea

To help prepare actors in October's Medea, James Diggle and Anthony Bowen have recorded long extracts from the play, which Greek teachers will find useful.

The passages are:

  • Lines 96 – 213 (Parodos)
  • Lines 364 – 409 (from 1st Episode)
  • Lines 1002 – 1080 (5th Episode)
  • Lines 1251 – 1292 (6th Chorus)

The site says that the audio is for educational use only (which must mean it's OK to use in classrooms) but not for redistribution. I guess that a teacher who downloads the mp3s for use when next teaching Medea will be acting within the spirit of the thing.

Here's the link.

While you are on the site, you may find the articles by Cambridge academics on character, moral issues, Greek metre and Euripides' vocabulary worth saving. Caroline Vout's piece on Medea in Pompeii appeared only last week, so it's worth returning to the site to see what other goodies may be posted.


I didn't mean to post any more about the Latin mass…

…but here's a slide show to watch in an odd moment.

This year's American Latin Exam reports – just one sample

I'm not going to pass on any more of this year's newspaper reports of local successes in the National Latin Exam. Let this one be a reminder of the publicity that US Classics departments achieve through this exam. What can we in the UK learn from this?

Local students prosper on national Latin exam

By Durba Chatterjee for The Inquirer

Students at Moorestown's William W. Allen Middle School scored high in
this year's national Latin exam – including one student who scored a
perfect paper.

More than 134,000 students from all 50 states and 13 countries
participated in the exam. Thirty-seven Moorestown eighth graders
received gold medals and summa cum laude certificates; 19 received
silver medals and maxima cum laude certificates; 10 received magna cum
laude certificates'; and seven received cum laude certificates.

In the seventh grade, 18 scholars received purple ribbons and
“outstanding achievement” certificates, and 22 received “achievement”

Most districts that offer Latin do so at the high school level. It is unusual for middle school students to study the language.

The Latin program has been at Allen since 1988. Debbie Atherholt has
been teaching the class since it began and has seen it grow from one
class to 10.

It is taught to seventh and eighth graders, and the two years of study
equal a year of high school level Latin I. Teaching Latin in the middle
schools gives students a strong foundation in the classical language
and allows them to continue on through Latin V in high school.

Eighth grader Julia Slowey completed a perfect paper on the Latin I
exam. She said she found the exam easy: It contained everything she had
learned as well as some new material, on which she made educated

She said the Latin program at William W. Allen Middle School was a great educational opportunity.

“I was very fortunate to be in that program,” she said.

Atherholt described Julia as an “excellent student who enjoys Latin.”

Julia, who will enter high school in the fall, plans to keep studying Latin.

“I think it's a very interesting language. It's a challenge, and that's a good thing for me,” she said.