Roman soldiers invade Hull museum

Roman soldiers invade Hull Museum
from This is Hull
07:00 – 28-July-2008

A Hull museum was under siege when soldiers invaded the building.

The invasion took place at Hull and East Riding Museum in High Street and Roman soldiers carried out a day-long raid at the venue.

Thankfully, they proved to be a friendly bunch, with some even letting guests try on their helmets and hold their swords.

Museum staff dressed up in character and an army of brave young historians, including Hollie Burgess, 10, of Hessle, dared to dress up as centurions themselves.

Education project officer Kate Armitage said the event had proved a massive success with record-breaking visitor numbers.

She said: “It was a fantastic day and we had almost 650 visitors, which I think is a record for an In Touch event.

“Lots of people dressed up as Roman soldiers and felt how heavy the shields and swords were to carry.”

Crafty guests had the chance to make their own shields to take home with them and lots of children jumped at the chance, creating fierce looking armour-plated shields that would keep away even the sharpest weapon.

History-hungry Hull folk are being invited to get their hands on more interesting objects with a series of In Touch events planned for the summer holidays.

On Wednesday, Victorians will be taking over the Hands On History Museum from 11am to 1pm, and the following Wednesday characters from World War Two will be marching into the Streetlife Museum, in High Street, Hull.

Latin alive and well at Longcroft

Hurrah! An English secondary school has got into the local paper for its Latin, the way American schools seem to do all the time.

This is from the Beverley Guardian

Latin alive and well at Longcroft

STUDENTS at Beverley’s Longcroft School and Performing Arts College have been proving that Latin – often referred to as a dead language – is still very much alive.
Over the past year English teacher Ruth Beckett has been running a popular Latin Club, in which students learn not just about the language itself, but also the culture and history behind it.

To mark the club’s success, Will Griffiths, director of the Cambridge School Classics Project, visited Longcroft earlier this month to see at first-hand the progress students had made.

He presented prizes to Ben Cooper, Benedict Stanforth-Sharpe and Sam Hutchinson for their work in Latin during the academic year.

Hadrian film to be made

Perhaps this one really will happen.

From Variety

Brit helmer John Boorman is reviving his long-mooted project about the life of Roman Emperor Hadrian, most famous in Blighty for building the eponymous wall that separated England and Scotland.

U.K.-based Handmade Films has boarded the $50 million-$60 million project and will be fully financing “Hadrian.” Rome-based Olympus Films will co-produce.

Boorman, as well as Handmade chairman Patrick Meehan and Olympus topper Enzo Peri, who acquired the rights to Marguerite Yourcenar’s bestselling novel “Memoirs of Hadrian,” are casting the lead role.

Boorman is co-writing the script along with frequent collaborator Rospo Pallenberg, who previously worked with the helmer on King Arthur epic “Excalibur” and “The Emerald Forest.”

Principal photography is set to start next spring in Morocco, Rome and Spain.

The resurrection of the project coincides with the British Museum’s blockbusting Hadrian exhibition, dubbed “Empire and Conflict,” which looks at the period from 117 to 138 A.D. when Hadrian ruled over a Roman empire that spanned much of Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East.

“The project says so much about the nature of empire, leadership and human aspiration,” Boorman told Daily Variety. “The time of Hadrian marked both the height of the Roman empire and the beginning of its decline. It’s the irony of his rule.”

Handmade Films Intl. will be handling worldwide sales on “Hadrian.”

Quizlet, a free online flashcard and testing site

As an alternative to the commercial Quia, teachers might like to try out Quizlet.

There are many Latin quizzes and tests already there, and by free registration (they promise they will send no spam to those who register) you can make your own.

From a quick look at the forum section, I conclude that it’s chiefly students who use that facility, but I imagine the tests are all devised by techers.

ARLT Summer School/INSET 2008 video diary day 4

The video diary is here. (4m. 10s.)

On Thursday Will Griffiths and friends led 3 sessions on using IT in Latin teaching. There’s a glimpse of the course group photo, and a mention of the AGM, and of Dr Mark Bradley’s lecture on Colour and Meaning in Ancient Sculpture. There’s a bit of an explanation of the entertainment to be held on Friday evening.

ARLT Summer School/INSET 2008 video diary day 3

The video diary is here (5m.37s.)
It includes a fairly full report of Tom Harrison on [modern scholarly trends on] Herodotus, with shorter mentions of Dr. Kathryn on Cicero and Wilf O’Neill on Classical motifs in the modern world. The trip to Lincoln is mentioned, but will have its own slide show on line soon.

ARLT Summer School/INSET 2008 video diary day 2

The video diary is here. (4m. 34s.)

It covers the Tuesday. There are comments on breakfast-time behaviour, another Option Group, coffee time underneath the colonnade, Dr Kathryn Tempest on Cicero’s first Catiline, and Ashley Carter on the new A level syllabus in Latin. There is a brief excerpt from a choir rehearsal.

ARLT Summer School/INSET 2008 video diary day 1

The video diary is here (3m.26s.)

It covers an introduction to the venue and the course and explanation of Option Groups and their value, with an account of one particular Option Group session.
There is also a brief account of a lecture by Dr Patrick Finglass on the Joy of Homeric Epithets.

New Oxford translations in paperback

For once, the OUP mailing’s first notices are all of books that a school teacher may well find useful:

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The Annals
The Reigns of Tiberius, Claudius, and Nero
Cornelius Tacitus

J. C. Yardley

Anthony A. Barrett

  • A lively new translation of ancient historian Tacitus’ account of the reigns of three of Rome’s most memorable emperors, Tiberius, Claudius, and Nero, accompanied by a wide-ranging and informative introduction and notes

12 June 2008 | £10.99 | Paperback | 592 pages
For more details, visit:

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The Library of Greek Mythology

Translated with introduction and notes by Robin Hard

  • The only accurate, affordable edition of an ancient guide to Greek myth

12 June 2008 | £7.99 | Paperback | 336 pages | Oxford Paperbacks
For more details, visit:

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Bacchae and Other Plays

Edited and translated by James Morwood

Introduction by Edith Hall

  • The four plays newly translated in this volume are among Euripides’ most exciting works

12 June 2008 | £7.99 | Paperback | 288 pages | Oxford Paperbacks
For more details, visit:

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The Satires

Translated by Niall Rudd

With introduction and notes by William Barr

  • Accurate in style and rhythm to the original

12 June 2008 | £8.99 | Paperback | 304 pages | Oxford Paperbacks
For more details, visit:

Garstang Courier on the joys of Latin

Garstang Courier – transcript below
Garstang Courier

LATIN has been studied in British schools for centuries,but has not featured as a staple of the national curriculum for more than 40 years.
Nowadays,the study of Latin often splits opinion – some say it is key to understanding the modern English language,yet others believe it to be useless and obsolete.
This year,my school, St Aidan’s,has introduced Latin for the first time.
The school has never taught the subject as part of the curriculum in the past. Although not compulsory,several students across different year groups have been given the opportunity to study the subject as an extra-curricular lesson.
I am one such pupil, and have been learning the ancient language for nearly a year now, following a Cambridge University-devised course.
To some the subject might appear boring and antiquated – or the preserve of private school students.
Obviously the language is no use in ordering a meal or asking for directions in modern-day Italy, but what many people fail to understand is the potential benefits it can have when coupled with the study of English.
For example,words such as ‘canis’, the Latin for dog, is obviously where our word canine originates from. Latin is also an advantageous language for students studying the sciences.In Biology,animal and plant names have Latin equivalents,and in Chemistry some elements have Latin
Nationally, the Cambridge Online Latin Project, the course that I have
been following, was unveiled in September after being tested by 2,000
high-school students.
“We’re looking to make Latin available to everyone who wants to study
it,” said director of the Cambridge School Classics Project, Will Griffiths.
“It shouldn’t be for certain types of pupils in certain types of schools.
We would like other children to have access to this education which private
schools have long recognised is important.”
So far, I have found the course both interesting and useful. Delivered in
the form of a textbook and DVD, the course is split into several different
sections concerning the Roman home,market, and theatre, for example.
The DVD follows the textbook, but includes a variety of video clips and
activities to accompany the text.
In addition, the majority of the Latin students will be going on a school
trip to Rome next February.
Mrs Sue Marland, an English teacher at St Aidan’s,was responsible for bringing in Latin for extra-curricular study.
She explained: “I wanted to offer a subject that is really challenging and
that has had a huge impact on languages, especially English.
“I loved learning Latin and find the historical aspect fascinating.
“I think the course is excellent. It offers a balance of social and historical content along with the learning of the language.”
Students at St Aidan’s are generally enthusiastic about the course and are
enjoying their first experience of Latin.
Year nine student Megan Kelsall commented: “I enjoy Latin. It really
gives you an insight into Roman history and where many English words originate from.”
Fellow year nine student Lynette Parkinson added: “I didn’t expect Latin to be so interesting.
It’s amazing how it makes up part of so many modern languages. It really
helps me to understand other languages.”
“I think Latin is a superb extra-curricular activity.The course is really interesting and I thoroughly enjoy it. I think it’s great introducing it as an extra-curricular activity as it helps me tremendously with other languages” commented Alison Brough, another Year 9 student, adding: “It is also a good way to challenge more able students.”
The introduction of Latin as an extra-curricular subject for those students who desire to study it, was an excellent idea.
In my opinion, the way it is taught in an informal, laid-back way after-
school is one of the main factors as to why it has been so well received at St Aidan’s,and I’m looking forward to the rest of the course… and of course
the school trip to Rome next year!