Varied news from Oxford.

Go here to download the Oxford Classics Outreach Newsletter.

Items include a brief account of the Oxford Greek Play, Agamemnon (which I reviewed on this blog); a Classics Summer School in Oxford; the re-introduction of Latin to a Buckinghamshire school; a Roman Apothecary Garden; Kaloi k’agathoi’s new adaptation, Oedipus Exposed; a day for G & T teachers; and two planned websites.

The first is a JACT site, ‘Classics Online Gateway’, which will contain links to “which enables members of the public to pinpoint the Outreach services available in their area and make contact with providers.” It sounds a much more ambitious project than http://www.latinandgreekforall.com but no doubt there will be links between the two.

The second is the Oxford Latin Course site, which I mentioned while reviewing Agamemnon because I had a few words with the site designer in the theatre. At that stage he was hoping for a December launch, but now the date is February. I look forward to seeing this site. I think everyone would agree that the Cambridge site sets a standard that will be very hard to match. We’ll see how the designer Chris Noon has squared up to the challenge. I do wish the Oxford Course well. Maurice Balme taught demonstration lessons at my invitation when it was first published (this was at an ArLT Summer School). So much about the course is good. The challenge for any course that comes after Cambridge is to write stories that are equally appealing.

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