Posted on February 13, 2017 by arltblogger
Seen on EIDOLON
“MF: Eleanor, your new book is a revelation! It shows that ancient Greeks learned Latin the way we learn modern languages. They memorized made-up dialogues — dialogues that illustrate stereotypical Roman culture — and only then went back and analyzed each word for its grammatical function. By contrast, a reader opening Reginald’s book might be surprised that he insists on total philological mastery. It seems completely different, but it obviously works, too. Do you see Reginald’s method as a total break from “the ancient way” (as your title aptly puts it)? Or do you see continuities?”
So begins a conversation between Michael Fontaine, Associate Professor of Classics at Cornell University. Eleanor Dickey, authoress of “Learning Latin the Ancient Way: Latin Textbooks from the Ancient World” and Daniel Gallagher , Reginald Foster’s longtime student and successor in the Office of Latin Letters at the Vatican.
Read the whole conversation here…...
The objective of Reginald Foster’s book – “Ossa Latinitatis Sola “is to get people into immediate contact with and understanding of genuine Latin authors, and for these encounters to grow into a love and use of the entire language in all its literary types and periods of time and authors of the past 2,300 years.”
You can hear him putting this into practice:
Listen to him teaching in his own inimitable style here…..
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Posted on July 12, 2016 by arltblogger
Ann Patty, writing in the Wall Street Journal celebrates the Paideia Institute’s annual “Living Latin in NYC” convention—two days of lectures, classes and conversations, all in Latin.
“classicists and grammar fans are speaking a language often called dead”
“Latin isn’t a dead language, it’s undead—it’s a zombie language. And this is the zombie apocalypse!”
“We’ve made it cool to speak Latin,” Dr. Pedicone (the 34-year-old classicist who co-founded the institute) said. “We’re proving that interest in the classical humanities is alive and well.”
Read the full article here:
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Posted on July 12, 2016 by arltblogger
Amongst the memorabilia celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Perse School is a letter written by WHD Rouse in 1945 to a former pupil, Leslie Missen. The letter begins unpromisingly with the words:
“This is going to be a long letter, and dull.”
But continues confidently with
“But I think you will read it, because I know you.”
Rouse’s affection for his school and his pupils shines through
“You are one of my sons – all the OPs are my sons – and you will listen to pa because you ought. I am now rising 83, and I can’t last long: but I do hope to leave something good behind me. I will tell you later the kindly things. You saw the Perse School from the inside – and I want to show it to you from the inside.”
Read on here:
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Posted on October 20, 2015 by arltblogger
An Italian academy has brought Latin back from the grave with such success that it was forced to turn away hundreds of prospective students due to over-enrolment this academic year.
The Latin phrase Senatus Populusque Romanus (The Senate and the People of Rome), referring to the government of the ancient Roman Republic, used nowadays as an official signature of the city of Rome is seen on a monument in central Rome on February 9, 2010. AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
Vivarium Novum, a humanist campus set in a lush park with a swimming pool and basketball court, is part of the estate belonging to a religious order just north of Rome. Students here don’t just study Latin but learn to speak it fluently. Latin is not only confined to the classroom — in fact, Italian, English and French are strictly forbidden anywhere on campus. Students caught talking in “vulgar,” or writing notes in any other language, risk expulsion………
Read Silvia Marchetti’s article here
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Posted on December 17, 2014 by arltblogger
The Carmenta Online Latin School (which is now 6 years old) is the world’s largest online Latin school, with live audio/video Skype classes and tutoring in Latin, Ancient Greek, and Classical Literature. Highly qualified,most of their teachers also work at top American universities and prep schools. Students of all ages and with a wide variety of educational backgrounds could benefit.
Check out these websites
http://carmentalatin.com/ – For students interested in online Latin classes,
http://carmentaancientgreek.com/ – For students interested in online Ancient Greek classes, and
http://carmentalatintutor.com/ – For students interested in online Latin tutoring.
The Carmenta Blog, to which all of these three sites are directly linked, contains original and reposted articles and videos on the classical languages as well as classical culture, history, and archaeology. For an interesting and entertaining collection of scholarship and reportage about classical languages, history, and culture, with all original material produced by top academics go here:
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Posted on September 25, 2013 by arltblogger
Following on from the success of their Cicero Against Verres, Open Book Publishers now offer a new publication of this A2 level set text, comprising the Latin Text, Study Aids with Vocabulary, and Commentary, translated and edited by Mathew Owen and Ingo Gildenhard.
This course book, the third in Open Book’s series of classics textbooks, offers a portion of the original Latin text, study aids with vocabulary, and a commentary. Designed to stretch and stimulate readers, Owen’s and Gildenhard’s incisive commentary will be of particular interest to students of Latin at both high school and undergraduate level. It extends beyond detailed linguistic analysis and historical background to encourage critical engagement with Tacitus’ prose and discussion of the most recent scholarly thought.
Aimed at widening access to Classics among high school students and undergraduates, Tacitus can be read for free on-line at http://www.openbookpublishers.com/product/215/.
Like other books in this series, Tacitus is also available in an interactive format, developed by The Classics Library, which enables teachers to comment on and ask questions about every aspect of the text. This interactive version can be accessed via the link above.
Open Book Publishers is a non-profit organisation, run by academics in Cambridge and London, committed to making high-quality research freely available to readers around the world.
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Posted on September 22, 2013 by arltblogger
The Iris Project has been bringing Latin to our Primary schools by means of its “Literacy through Latin ” programme since 2007 and has now received European recognition. My thanks to Shona Harrison for bringing this report from the Oxford Mail to our attention.
Of the award, the Project Director, Lorna Robinson said
“We’re really excited at the news that the Literacy through Latin project has won this prestigious award.
The judge who visited our lessons was delighted at the pupils’ enjoyment of Latin and their engagement with our method of using storytelling to deliver Latin as part of literacy.
It shows that the project works and that it’s useful and interesting for pupils. We hope the award will help us secure funding for this long-running project to expand and develop.”
Read the whole article here
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