New book in Latin

Omnibus Latinitatis novae amatoribus, carminumque praecipue scriptoribus et
lectoribus, nuntiamus novum prelum privatum, natum anno 2006 Cantabrigiae
apud Anglos (ac simul Lovanii apud Belgas, Bostoniique apud Americanos), cui
nomen dedimus Anglicum “Bringfield’s Head Press”. Exemplaria libri primi
adhuc emere potestis (pretii non magni); librumque secundum iam paramus. In
his duobus libris voluimus miscere carmina nova cum articulis academicis,
magis seria cum iocis, linguamque Latinam cum opusculis lingua vernacula
scriptis: materiem novam tractare ausi sunt et poetae et historici. Materies
prima fuit: commemoratio pugnae Ramillensis, post tria saecula (1706-2006),
quae pugna, quamquam hodie minus celebrata, fuit maximi momenti ad Europam
nostram formandam, fuitque una e quattuor victoriis celeberrimis Johannis
Churchill, Ducis Marlburii (vulgo: John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough;
victor of Ramillies (1706), Oudenarde, Lille (1708), etc.). Ex hac pugna
nomen preli nostri invenimus: ille Bringfield fuit Marlburii quasi “fidus
Achates”, qui iuxta ducem caput suum in proelio Ramillensi amisit.
Nunc, anno 2008, invitamus omnes carminum Latinorum scriptores (nec
non auctores vernaculos) ad secundum opus literarium commune. Materies est
non dissimilis: 1708 (sive proelium, sive oppugnatio, sive alia res Musas
vestras alliciat). Videte, precor, locum nostrum in interrete, in quo loco
etiam verba pauca Anglice scripsi de rationibus atque usu Musae Latinae
nostra aetate, responsaque libenter peto.

Annis futuris, speramus alia volumina (de rebus diversis, non tantum de re
militari) publicare, indulgentiamque vestram sollicitare.

David Money
Cantabrigiae, Non. Jun., 2008.

Roman Wigan excavated

From Wigan Today

Inquisitive archaeologists are digging up a car park in Wigan’s town centre to find more evidence of a Roman settlement.

A small unit from Oxford Archaeology North will carry on the work they began last summer in Millgate, where they had detected Roman and Iron Age material.

The dig, which was due to start today in the car park off the Wiend Library, aims to find further evidence that the Roman settlement of Coccium found on old maps is Wigan.

The area will also incorporate the Wiend excavations of the early 1980s, when a cobbled surface and several wooden-framed buildings were detected.

The unit is hoping to establish the link between this industrial site and the bath-house complex found further down the hill in 2005.

Ian Miller, of the Oxford Archaeology North unit said: “It’s a golden opportunity to enhance our knowledge of Wigan and put it on the map. We don’t know much about it – nobody has ever been too sure when Coccium is.

“I am very excited. We will take that car park up and take it down bit by bit and put some flesh on the bones about what we know about Wigan.”

This is the first major excavation in Wigan since the dig at the Grand Arcade site in 2005, which revealed the presence of a bath-house and furnaces, providing a big boost to the Coccium theory.

Ian added: “Finding that puts a different light on the nature of Roman Wigan and makes it a grander place. Instead of answering questions, it raised questions.”

Ian is hoping to find artefacts from other periods, including the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The work is expected to last for two months and is funded by the Wigan Council’s modern customer contact centre, the Joint Service Centre.

A spokesman for the council said: “Millgate has, in the past, turned up some quite interesting Roman remains and we are very interested to find the outcome.

“It is important to do this work and preserve this for future generations and we are completely behind this.”

Roman-era necropolis for the poor found intact

ROME (Reuters) – Archaeologists have discovered a nearly 2,000-year-old, intact necropolis on the outskirts of Rome that gives a rare insight into the lives of poor laborers in the Roman era.

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Pages and pages of Latin GCSE notes

This site was first noticed in our old blog in 2006, when I wrote:

Have just discovered which has a very useful store of past OCR GCSE Latin papers (though with typos). I couldn’t find the specimen GCSE paper 3 on the OCR site – but on ‘cyro’ there it was. It’s the personal site of a Cambridge Maths student, Gareth Jones, who’s had the bright idea of posting his notes etc. from his own GCSE subjects (and AS/A2 but sadly, not including Latin). Most interestingly he appears to have attended a comp and done his Latin in extracurricular classes.

This is the updated link:

Cyro GCSE Latin

Automatic crossword puzzle maker

Republished from old blog, May 2008

Here is a site that will arrange your words and the clues you provide. You can do it on-line, free, and print the result, or buy a program.

Here is what it made of the last few words in the GCSE Latin vocab list:

Vocab crossword

REMINDER: ‘Archaeology & History Taster Day’ in June, and ‘Classics Day’ in July

From the University of Oxford Classics Outreach Officer:

Dear colleagues,
Please find attached information about two events we are running in June
and July.

Wednesday 18th June 2008

Monday 7th July 2008

I would be very grateful if you would pass this information on to
anyone who might be interested in joining us for either of these events.

With all best wishes,
Lizzie Belcher

100 plus photos of mosaics from the Bardo Museum

Note: repeat posting from old blog, May 2008

I have posted my pictures taken in the Bardo Museum in Tunis on the School Travel site, here.

You will need the key (to be found in the For Teachers section of the ARLT website) to access this site.

Mosaics are in categories: Farming, fishing, hunting, animals, people, myth, feasting, buildings. The quality of the photos varies, but many are good. You are welcome to download any you wish.

Revising for GCSE – everyone’s doing it

Note: This is copied from the old blog, May 2005, and may be out of date.

Here’s a page with help and advice for GCSE revision:

Choosing a Classical Civilisation GCSE syllabus

Copied from the old blog. Note the date – June 2004. Needs updating.

Whatever happens with AQA and their intention to cease examining Latin and Greek, Classical Civilisation teachers will still have a choice between AQA and OCR. What guidelines are there for choosing one or the other?

I’ve just been looking at the two GCSE syllabuses syllabi
provisions and wondering which I’d go for if I were still at the chalk-face. Ignoring trivia like the literature paper being called Paper 1 by AQA and Paper 2 by OCR, here’s the outline of each:

Odyssey 5,6,9,10,12 (Penguin 1991) Odyssey 9,10,21-23
Iliad 1,9,22,24
OT and Antigone (McLeish) OT and Antigone
Bacchae and Medea
Acharnians and Peace (McLeish) Acharnians and Lysistrata
Aeneid 1,2,4,6 (Tingay) Aeneid 1,2,4
Plautus Pot of Gold and Swaggering Soldier (Penguin)
Livy (Nichols CUP) chap 1,2,3
Ovid Met 7,8
Pliny letters
Tacitus Empire and Emperors.
Mycenean Civilisation Greek religion
Greek religious festivals Greek athletic and theatrical festivals
Athenian constitution – Pericles Sparta and the Spartan system
Athenian social life Home and family in Athens
Greek art and architecture
Roman religion
Roman social life 1st cent AD Roman home and family life
Roman sport and leisure
The early Empire: Tiberius, Claudius, Nero
Pompeii and Herculaneum Pompeii
Roman conquest of Britain Roman Britain

There’s quite a lot of overlap in what is to be studied even when the titles seem different. For example, the Panathenaia and the Eleusinian Mysteries come under Religion in OCR and Social life in AQA.

Although the Greek drama specifications look similar, AQA examines Kenneth McLeish’s vastly shortened and simplified versions of Sophocles and Aristophanes, while OCR uses th Penguin translations.

For the Aeneid, both specify Tingay’s version.

As far as Roman Britain is concerned, AQA really does concentrate narrowly on the invasion, with details about the army, and battles up to Boudica’s rising. I guess this would appeal to boys more than to
girls. OCR covers Boudica and the make-up of the army, but studies Chester and Hadrian’s Wall, and also Romanisation more generally, with reference to Bath, Chedworth and Lullingstone. I scent popular site
visits to these places!

Speaking personally, I would be loth to lose Greek art and architecture, and site visits in Britain, so would incline to OCR. On the other hand, if I had a class who were poor readers, I might be tempted by the McLeish plays, adding Greek religious festivals (which turn out to be simply the City Dionysia and the Olympics) and perhaps the two Social Life topics.

What have you chosen, and why? Please share your views and experiences.

Meanwhile, I intend to upload some pictures that may come in handy for GCSE coursework.

Learning Classical Civilisation on line for GCSE and A level

(Copied from the old blog, Fri 23 Feb 2007)

This is not going to put any regular Classics teachers out of work, but I’ve just come across where students who can’t take Class Civ at their schools can get the qualification by distance learning. Reading the conversations on the site’s noticeboards I get the impression that the students are happy in their work.

I asked Lynn Bright, who is behind this, if there was anything she’d like to add to what’s on the website, and she came up with this interesting background:

I must admit my AS/A-Level Archaeology students far outnumber my Classical Civ ones. In some areas there are very few opportunities to study archaeology and I’m fortunate that the Council for British Archaeology, Time Team and the like, recommend me to people who enquire. There are lots of people out there who dream of being involved in archaeology but think they’d never be able to and to them an online course is a godsend. Some of my students have gained their A-Level, given up their jobs and gone on to study it at Uni at Bachelor and Masters degree levels, which is very satisfying for me.

I haven’t been offering Classical Civ quite so long but the student numbers are increasing. When I first started it the Daily Mail ran an article by Susan Elkins in the Education section which was a boost. As you know there are lots of choices on the two OCR GCSE papers so the lessons I’ve written are ones I tend to be most interested in myself and ones I taught at evening class. However, I’m slowly increasing the choices with Roman Britain being the latest and Sparta to be worked on very shortly.

Writing lessons and supporting courses and students is very time consuming and so I’ve recently given up my regular teaching to devote all my time to it.

The great thing about online courses is that they can be studied independently from virtually anywhere and unlike their paper counterparts are interactive. The only drawback is that the exams are only available in the UK. I enjoy what I do and love the challenges it has presented to me although the technical side for me has been a very steep learning curve!