Latin speaking activities

From Brian Bishop:

I have just spotted that almost a year ago, on January 4th 2007, under
'Practical teaching' there was an item headed 'Direct method Latin'
referring to Professor Tunberg's Lexington course. It is not necessary to
go so far afield: there are Latin-speaking activities every year in Europe
as well as America. From personal experiences in previous years, I can
thoroughly recommend Frigolet, Morschach, Dresden, Kirchähr and Trier, and
would be glad to enlarge on those experiences to anyone interested. Here
is the current list for next year:

Anno bismillesimo octavo

Singula adhuc exspectata Roma,
Aestiva Romae Latinitatis (8 septimanae): In Janiculo, Romae, prope San
Pancrazio, mod. Reginaldus Foster, Piazza san Pancrazio, 5A, I-00152, Roma,
Italia; tel 00390-6/58 54 02 06 Fax. 00390-6/58 54 03 00.

7-14.7.2008 Lexington
Civitates Foederatae
Colloquia Latina Lexintoniensia Colloquiorum participes quaedam opuscula
palmaria legent, deque operibus lectis Latine disputabunt atque scribent.
Quicumcumque his sessionibus interesse voluerint ad Terentium Tunberg
litteras electronicas mittant hac inscriptione:

16-23.7.2008 Frigolet
Feriae Ferigoletenses habebuntur in Abbatia Ferigoletensi,
Tarasconem,F-13150. Scribe ad Mariam Antoninam Avich, 21b, rue Sainte Anne
de Baraban, F-969003, Lyon.

20-26.7.2008 Morschach,
Morsacense Seminarium Societatis Latinae Helveticum: Deversorio
“Bellevue”, Morsaci. Singula a Societate Latina, Universität des
Saarlandes, FR6.3, PF151150, D-6604, Saarbrücken, Germania. tel:

23-31.7.2008 Neapoli (Segedini)
Humanitas: omnium gentium conventus de humanitate aetate nostra restituenda

26.7-2.8.2007 ? Dresden [Dresda]
Seminarium L.V.P.A. – vide

26.7-2.8.2008 Kirchähr, prope Montabaur in Chattia
(Hessen)?, Germania
Septimana Latina XIX: (<<Latine loqui — romane coquere>>) Thomas
Gölzhäuser, Westerwaldstraße, 13a, D-35630, Ehringshausen, Germania; tel:

2-10.8.2008 Boston Civitates
Conventiculum Bostoniense. Tam tirones quam peritiores invitantur ut Latine
nobiscum de multis rebus iuxta mare iuncunde commorantes loquantur.
Quicumcumque his sessionibus interesse voluerint aut ad Iacobam Carlon aut
ad Terentium Tunberg epistulas mittant electronicas hisce

5-11.8.2008 Augustae Treverorum (vulgo Trier)
Seminarium Societas Latinae Dr. Sigridis Albert, Societas Latina, Univ., FR
5.2, PF 171150, D-66041, Saarbrücken, tele 0681/302-3192 e-cursus

Anno bismillesimo nono
3-7.9.2009 Ratisbonae (vulgo Regensburg)
Conventus XII-us Academiae Latinitati Fovendae «Ad fines Imperii Romani –
annus bismillesimus cladis varianae»


Gibbon's Decline and Fall vol 1 audio

Useful for those with poor sight, volume 1 of Gibbon's Decline and Fall is available as audio files (ogg, mp3) at LibriVox.

Fuller coverage of surgical instruments in the Telegraph

From the Daily Telegraph

An ancient doctor's surgery unearthed by Italian archaeologists has
cast new light on what a trip to the doctor would have been like in
Roman times. Far from crude, the medical implements discovered show
that doctors, their surgeries and the ailments they treated have
changed surprisingly little in 1,800 years.

More, with pictures.

Colchester's Roman circus

East Anglian Daily Times (which has a picture)
BIDS to turn Colchester's historic Roman Circus into a visitor attraction will be submitted later this month.

proposals will be examined by Colchester Borough Council and put out to
public consultation before a final decision is made over the future of
the Abbey Field site.

Christopher Arnold, Colchester Borough
Council's deputy leader and portfolio holder for culture and the
environment, confirmed yesterday that design proposals for a visitor
attraction were due to be submitted this month.

Three companies
are competing for the project – Colchester-based Inkpen Downie, Chris
Hudson Design of London and Headland Design Associates based in Chester.

foundations of the circus were first discovered in late 2004 when an
archaeological dig was taking place at Abbey Field prior to a
development proceeding.

Thousands of visitors flocked to see the incredible find, which was reported on by media organisations from around the world.

has also featured in the Channel 4 programme Time Team before the
archaeological trenches that had been used were re-buried to help
preserve the historic site.

Since then painstaking work has
taken place to uncover some of the remains of the circus – the name
given to chariot racetracks at the time – which is the only one ever to
have been found in the UK.

The work has found the circus'
stands, a central barrier and one of two posts round which the racers
would turn at one end of the track.

They also uncovered 12 gates which would have opened to release the charioteers onto the opening stretch of the 450-metre track.

from a box which was above the gates and from which a magistrate would
have dropped a handkerchief to herald the start of the seven-lap race
was also found.

A second magistrate would then have opened the gates with a lever, which would see the beginning of the spectacular competition.

ruins were uncovered by Colchester Archaeological Trust workers
checking for remains before the £1.6billion revamp of the town's
garrison started.

Colchester is Britain's oldest recorded town
and the first Roman capital of Britain as well as being home to
Britain's biggest Norman Castle.

Primary school creates Roman museum

CHILDREN from Greens Norton Primary School brought a flavour of ancient
Rome to the school when they created a Roman museum for parents.

Read on, with picture

Assorted archaelogical news

BBC on London find of Roman bronze
BBC pictures of the Herculaneum 'throne'
Top News on Museum of London Roman display
Guardian ditto
Daily Mail ditto, with big pictures
Norwich Castle Museum to display 250 Roman things
Another version of the Norwich story, with photos
Roman town site at Irchester for sale?
Time Team may excavate Devon roman site
Roman surgery instruments on show in Rimini
Roman barge being raised from river at Cologne

Pittsburg Tribune Review editorial on Latin

Latin is not such a dead language after all.

In fact, more than 149,000 American students took the National Latin Exam in 2007 — up from just 6,000 in 1977.

Why should anyone care whether more people are studying Latin in the Age of the iPhone?

For one thing, says Harry Mount, author of “Carpe Diem: Put a Little
Latin in Your Life,” reading Roman history in the original Latin
“provides a fuller, richer view of the present” and it sharpens your
mind and your English prose.

Read more

C omic book version of the Iliad

Thanks to Rogue Classicism for this link to an on line preview of chapter 1.