Imperium from Julian Morgan

Julian Morgan is a good friend of ARLT and well known for his resources for Classics. Here is his announcement of a brand new course for teaching Latin:

Dear Friends and Colleagues

I have waited a long time to write this email. In fact, it’s been six years. That’s how long it has taken to write the all-new Imperium Latin course, which I launched on Midsummer’s Day, 2013.
Imperium has run its trials, is now proved and fully resourced, and it’s ready for use in your classroom. I am already receiving strong interest from some schools and it seems that there will soon be more of us teaching the course than has been the case until now.
I hope that you will take a little time to look at the website at and that this material may be of interest to you.
Every part of Imperium is based on downloadable resources and even the four books are being printed on demand. This means that the project will stay dynamic, with continuing input from new users in the future.
Ready for a change? Or unsure about what it would mean for you? Have a look at the document Why Imperium? – at this link:
Have a great summer – and maybe next year will bring some real changes to your Latin teaching…
Julian Morgan

Cicero in Verrem

Of particular and immediate interest to those of us teaching A Level Latin this year is this initiative from Open Book Publishers which, as their Marketing Manager, Gabriele Civiliene explains  is

 ” an innovative, non-profit , Open Access publisher run by academic scholars based at the University of Cambridge. For our website go to 

 We are soon to publish the book that might be of interest to the members of the bloggers of ARLT – that is, Cicero, Against Verres, 2.1.53–86: Latin Text with Introduction, Study Questions, Commentary and English Translation by Prof Ingo Gildenhard from the Department of Classics and Ancient History, Durham University. (For a copy of the PDF flyer featuring this title go to the ARLT website.)  The book will be available in 3 formats – digital, hardback, and paperback. Its complete version will be also available for free access direct from our website on Google Books. Read more about it here:–against-verres–2-1-53-86–latin-text-with-introduction–study-questions–commentary-and-english-translation

Gabriele Civiliene
Marketing Manager
For our latest catalogue :

Good news – the ARLT INSET/Summer School brochure is ready

I have just received copies of the Summer School/INSET brochure, looking good.

I shall try to make the details available on line, but the contact meanwhile is

Robert Grant
Nottingham High School
Waverley Mount
Nottingham NG7 4ED
Tel. 07779 567245

Total cost £390 en-suite, £320 standard, which should be met from your school budget. There are £100 bursaries available, but (in my personal view) it would be kind if just people who have to pay their own way apply for these.

Oh, and a reminder of the dates and place:

MOnday 27th July to Saurday 1st August at Wills Hall, University of Bristol.

Option group will include
As and A2 set texts
AS and A2 Classical Civilisation
GCSE set texts
Cambridge Latin Course
Latin pronunciation
Classical literature and its influence
Classroom drama
Reading Greek drama

Look a good list to me. THose who wish to keep their noses to the grindstone can opt for the first choices; those feeling a bit more laid back can got for the last ones. Or pick and mi.

Peakers will include Julian Morgan, ICT specialist
Steven Hunt, Faculty of Education, Cambridge University
Dr Genevieve Liveley, Liverpool University
D Kathryn Tempest, Roehampton University
Malcolm Smith, Principal Examiner OCR AS lit.
Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden, storytellers. (intriguing!)
Simon Smith, wine expert, The WInes of Italy and Greece (different!)
Andy Smith, Nottingham High School, sharing good classroom practice.

Go on, register today!

Just a reminder about the OCR Classics Community

There’s been a flurry of activity on the OCR Classics Community recently, about teaching Sparta, visiting Oplontis and much more, so I thought I’d give it another mention today. There are also stores of older teaching materials on their records. I’m not sure that they have them organised into topics as we have on the ArLT Teachers’ Section, but they are there to trawl through.

Go to the OCR site and sign up if you haven’t yet – and anyone who would like to let their contributions be on the ArLT site as well will be warmly welcomed.

Puella declension song

At the end of my life I’m rooting through some of the music I’ve written and performed and giving it one more airing. This is a little Latin teaching song. I think I’ve got the quantities and ictus of ‘puella’ just about right. One of the problems with chanting declensions and conjugations is that inevitably the ending is overemphasised. Not, I hope, here.

Teachers have a fortnight to comment on new Latin qualification


How to get a Latin qualification of equivalent difficulty to a GCSE in other subjects? With elite schools insisting that Latin GCSE remain as hard as it is, the GCSE route is blocked. The alternative is here:

WJEC is pleased to announce the development of a range of Level 2 qualifications in Latin, for first teaching from September 2009. Working with subject specialist advice from the University of Cambridge School Classics Project, we are creating three qualifications to broaden the range of assessment options available to teachers at Key Stage 4 and thereby help you to increase the number of students who study Latin to examination level in your school or college.

The Latin Literature specification is here, and the language specification is here.

This could be another step on the road to bring Latin back from the brink of extinction. The large number of comprehensive schools that now offer Latin would have a qualification that their pupils could realistically aim for.

Do visit the site and add your comments before the end of the month.

For teaching Masada (CLC stage 29)

There have been several posts on the OCR Classics Community about AVA to back up the teaching of Stage 29 of the Cambridge Latin Course. The most recent informs that there is a DVD of the Peter O’Toole 1981 miniseries. I’ve just been nosing around, and Amazon advertises it here. It’s reduced from £20 to £13.

There is another version of the DVD mentioned, but it is labelled Region 1, which I think is North America. It is possible to set your laptop to Region 1, but it would be a bit of a fiddle setting and resetting it, so probably better to pay the extra £2 for the UK version.

The only problem with using this is that it is quite engrossing – and long (don’t know how long exactly, but it first came out on 3 VHS tapes). So you have to be very disciplined about exactly what you show in class, or no other work will be done for weeks! Perhaps arranging an out-of-school viewing would be possible.