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A Latin Lesson with Mary Beard, Soo-Lin Lui and Emily Pillinger

Mumsnet Academy

Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 4:30 PM (GMT)

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    Have you ever thought about how much Latin is still used in the modern world? Did you know that over fifty percent of English words have their roots in the Latin language? This two-day Latin course for beginners will broaden your linguistic horizons, sharpen your intellect and make you realise that the most influential language in the ancient world is still very much alive and kicking.
    In a series of group study sessions, talks and lectures you will be guided through the basics of the Latin language and will develop the skills to translate increasingly complex passages of Latin. You’ll get the chance to decode some Latin inscriptions and immerse yourself in some unadapted Roman poetry, written over two thousand years ago.
    Along the way we’ll let you into the secrets of Latin-driven advertising, shed light on some of the most commonly used Latin words and phrases in the English language and even help you to decipher some of Harry Potter’s magic spells. So carpe diem and enrol on this exciting Beginners’ Latin Course, but hurry - tempus fugit.


  • What's Included


    All sessions will last 1 hour and 15 minutes and will involve a 20-30 minute whole-group activity/talk as well work in smaller groups.

    DAY 1
    Session 1
    Introduction to the Latin Language: Latin in Advertising
    Introduction – Latin influences in modern marketing and advertising
    Pronunciation, Present Tense Verb Forms
    Nouns (all cases)
    Language Exercises
    Session 2
    Past, Present and Future (tenses): Latin Roots and Modern Languages
    Derivations and Etymology – Latin roots of modern languages
    Introduction of past tenses
    Language Exercises
    Session 3
    Latin the Immortal Language: Latin phrases in everyday life
    Common Latin phrases used in English
    First steps in translation
    Lecture 1: Catullus – inventing language
    HOMEWORK: vocabulary and grammar learning; a ‘magical’ Latin quiz
    DAY 2
    Session 4
    Latin Mythology: First Readings in Latin
    Vocab quiz
    Reading mythology – Latin translation passages
    Lecture 2: In the British Museum (TBC)?
    Guided tour / session in the British Museum
    Session 5
    Latin Inscriptions: Tombstone Latin, then and now
    Tombstone epitaphs – an insight into Roman lives
    Session 6
    Latin Poetry and its Music: Reading Ovid!
    An introduction to Latin Verse and metre
    Reading a passage of unadapted Latin – Daedalus and Icarus from Ovid, Metamorphoses VIII


  • Tutor Details


    Mary Beard is a Professor of Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, and the classics editor of the TLS. Her books include the acclaimed and best-selling PompeiiThe Roman TriumphThe Parthenon (in the Wonders of the World series of which she is general editor) and It’s A Don’s Life. She is the winner of the Wolfson Prize for History for Pompeii (Profile, 2008), writes a highly successful blog for The Times and recently presented a wonderful BBC TV series on the Romans. 

    Soo-Lin Lui studied Classics at the University of Oxford and completed her teacher training at the University of Cambridge. She began her teaching career at Highgate School and has gained considerable experience of teaching Latin, Ancient Greek and Classical Civilisation at secondary school level. She subsequently became Head of Classics at Wycombe Abbey School and is currently Head of Classics at South Hampstead High School in London. In addition to working as an e-tutor for the Cambridge School Classics Project, she has published an article on Ovid in the journal Greece and Rome and regularly teaches on the Ancient Greek Summer School run by JACT (the Joint Association of Classics Teachers).

    Dr Emily Pillinger studied Classics as an undergraduate at Oxford University and then went to teach and study in America for several years, gaining a Ph.D. in Classics from Princeton University in 2009. She moved back to the UK to work at Bristol University and more recently at Balliol College, Oxford. Her research focuses on unusual forms of communication in the literature of the ancient world, and she is particularly interested in the mysterious voices of prophets, witches, and ghosts from beyond the grave.


  • More Information


    This course will take place Saturday 16 February to Sunday 17 February 2013 at Faber and Faber, 74-77 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DA. 

    Registration begins at 9.30am. 
Have questions about A Latin Lesson with Mary Beard, Soo-Lin Lui and Emily Pillinger? Contact Mumsnet Academy

When & Where

Faber and Faber
74-77 Great Russell Street
WC1B 3DA London
United Kingdom

Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 4:30 PM (GMT)

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