Not hugely sexy, but …

Catching up on Mary Beard's blog, I was amazed, and very pleased, to find that this blog featured in her list of ten best blogs.

Ten: Not hugely sexy, but the best place for keeping up with Classics news in the UK and elsewhere is the ARLT blog, run by David Parsons.

Thank you, Mary.

According to the rules of the game, I am supposed to nominate my own ten best blogs. Since this is the ARLT blog, I think it only fair to invite ARLT members to contribute their 'best' blogs. I'll kick off with, perhaps, four.

  1. The essential Classics blog (it covers much more than just Classics) is Rogue Classicism. David Meadows has many people sending him links to news, and he offers us the result with a little gentle humour and a few glimpses into his real life.
  2. I must declare an interest in the next blog, because I set it up for Jane Tompsett when she was going to work with the Leprosy Mission in northern Nigeria. It's simply called Jane in Nigeria. She gives a 'warts and all' picture of her daily life, and her successes and failures.
  3. It may seem like mutual back-scratching, but I really do enjoy Mary Beard's blog.
  4. Ph Diva is a mixed bag of Classics, American politics, feminism, cookery and so on. Sometimes Dorothy King annoys me, sometimes informs and amuses.

Now, over to you. If you don't want to fight the technology and leave a coment, email me at davidparsonsd at

As for 'not hugely sexy', I wonder whether I should include my best Classical pinup? Go on, David, go for it!

On teaching Latin – films on YouTube

Thank to Brian Bishop for this (the eight parts of the video have been embedded below for your convenience):

My attention has just been drawn to these eight YouTube films of Luigi Miraglia explaining why and how he uses the Oerberg 'Lingua latina per se illustrata', a direct method for teaching Latin. Although his pronunciation is the Italianate, it is crystal clear and should be intelligible to anyone who teaches the language by any method. It contains hints for teaching that can be used in other methods, and provides good listening practice.

—–Original Message—–
From: Grex Latine loquentium GREX [mailto:GREX@MAN.TORUN.PL]
On Behalf Of Ernest Schaffer
Sent: 04 May 2008 15:55

Ernestus cuncto gregi s.p.d

Nuper ego inveni nonnullas pelliculas in situ 'Youtube' in
qua Professor Aloisius Miraglia dedit orationem de methodo
linguam Latinam docendi et discendi. In illa oratione ille
locutus est de libris quem Hans Oerberg scripsit, nempe
'Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata'. Hae pelliculae valde
placebuntur omnibus videntibus, mea sententia.


Ernestus Schaffer

In octo partibus dividitur haec pellicula.

Have you discovered Classics Comeback yet?

Have a look at the recent contribution from Fettes on our Forum. It is a full and detailed response to the QCA-OCR GCSE Latin proposals. Then feel free to add your comments, or to open a new debate.

Paul McCartney on Latin

From Kris Waite – thanks.

I was tipped off on this one by a Liverpool-supporting mate of mine. Here’s Paul McCartney on Latin, from the Liverpool Echo:

Sir Paul said he hoped the work would sound particularly good in the cathedral with its big acoustics.

He said it was particularly interesting to work with a text partly in Latin.

Recalling his schooldays at Liverpool Institute (now the Lipa arts college of which he is lead patron) Sir Paul said: “I was not very good at Latin. But I liked it.

“I always used to encourage my own kids to learn a bit of Latin because it’s the root of the English language and all the romantic languages. Sometimes, when you are trying to work out what a word means, you can go back to the Latin root and I like that aspect.”

All best,

Kris Waite