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As the course started to assemble, greetings being exchanged at every point and welcoming cups of tea imbibed, I wondered what was to unfold in the week ahead. For this was to be my first Summer School.
As a non-
No sooner had Mr. Davies calmed such neophytes as myself, than who should enter the
After dinner, Dr. Brian Sparkes (University of Southampton) offered a fascinating lecture on Oplontis, which was superbly illustrated with slides. I marvelled how so much of value had been salvaged from the site despite canals, spaghetti factories, and other obstacles.
The Summer School offered an extremely varied range of options and activities. Whilst
the timetable was necessarily quite intensive, it was perfectly possible (if inadvisable)
to circulate amongst the many group activities in order not to miss anything of particular
interest. However, most members derived more from remaining in their chosen groups
throughout the course (hence the limitations of this report). One exception decided
that he would "sit in" on the classical music session so as to enjoy the strains
of those gathered for it. Without disclosing too many embarrassing details, his
attempts to burst forth into song may be recorded as the low-
Fortunately one of the high-
Then came group activities; the options were Comprehension, Prose Composition,
Vulgar Latin or a music workshop. Those in the Comprehension group were given an
extremely thorough and stimulating re-
After lunch, in the reading groups, emphasis was placed upon the correct reading
aloud of certain texts , including Aristophanes' Frogs; Catullus' Poems; Annal s
X IV of Tacitus; Virgil's Aeneid and in our case Libellus, from which, under the
guidance of Lesley Hazel, we tackled selections from Horace, Martial ,Ovid and Catullus
(being the 1983prescription for SCP 'O' level).The reading groups together with the
excellent and much-
Next came the circuli or discussion groups on methods and materials in a variety
of topics including traditional Latin Courses; introduction to Literary Criticism;
discussion of a text in Latin games for the classroom and in our case, Foundation
Courses, led by Mike Teague. His hand-
The circuli were followed, after a welcome tea-
From 8 to 9 in the evening of day two ARLT President Mr. J.G. Randall (University
of Lancaster) further stimulated us with his literary criticism forum. The passage
for scrutiny was Virgil's Aeneid, II, 298-
Day three commenced at 9am with our comprehension group. At 9.45 we all wished we could have had more time at our disposal as we moved on to various sessions. From 9.45 to 10.30 our beginners' pronunciation group was led by Belinda Dennis. Mrs. Dennis forgave our many errors of pronunciation; she revealed to us the pure pleasure to be found in the sounds and rhythmic cadences which emerged when the poetry was not picked to the bone by metrical analysis or its natural flow interrupted with excessive correction. For what it's worth, perhaps I could entreat any future newcomers not to follow my example in forgetting to bring a tape recorder.
After the second of the C.L.C. demonstration lessons in which Roger Davies carefully
guided the pupils by gradual steps to more complex sentence structures, and introduced
slides as well as retaining the element of f un, it was time for group activities
again. With the emphasis still very much on ”fun” Mrs. Rosemary Hulse provided us
with break fast cereal boxes, glue, paper and other such model-
The afternoon of day three was given over to seeing the sights of Canterbury and putting our cameras to work , while, after dinner, Mr. Robin Griffin (Schools Classics Project ) delivered an extremely informative lecture on the revision of the CLC. With eager anticipation the members heard of various improvements to the course, in particular to the teachers' Handbook, as well as unit 3 being trimmed and unit 5 axed. Other major changes include more grammatical and vocabulary exercises and the introduction of a more substantial paralinguistic element, as well as the combination of all the pamphlets of a unit into one volume.
Day four commenced with the circuli followed by our pronunciation group (or other
selected group activity). After the reading classes the rest of the morning was occupied
with a seminar on the CLC with Mr. Griffin proving receptive to members' ideas and
suggestions. Next the members enjoyed Dr. Keith Sidwell's lecture and demonstration
lesson on the new Latin course for 6th-
The penultimate day of the course brought further group activities and circuli as
well as Sir Kenneth's fascinating seminar and the A.G.M. Our last evening meal was
followed by a fun-
For those with a head for it, the following morning's forum followed John Randall's marvellous literary criticism of Horace's Ode 1.5. It was difficult to believe that so much of excellence had happened in just a week.
C. King St. Mary's College, Strawberry Hill.
Vt insolitus sum, Arelates, publice dicendi (necdum enim me Neronem 1 videtis!) ita et gaudeo tot auditores tam doctos conspiciens et lugeo quod hic cursus meus paene est perfectus. nam hos quinque dies intentissimo audivistis, suavissime cecinistis, labores libentissime suscepistis. neque ullos novi viros (nec mehercule feminas) iucundiores hilariores facetiores. forsitan igitur vobis pauca de studiis nostris audire placeat : quod animus non horret meminisse (mirabile dictu) incipiam.
primum omnium Persius ille laculator2 nos tam lepide docuit quid esset in horto serendum, immo vero quemadmodum cucurbitas rotundas recte coleremus. equidem verba eius me hortata sunt ut hortum meum foderem! nempe responsum in solo iacet! Tum professor ille Scintilla3, summi vir ingenii, nobis adhibuit imagines de villa Oplontina quam iste mons Vesuvius abhinc tot annos delevit. eheu! venit enim mihi in mentem recordatio de amicis meis Caecilio et Metella qui illo anno funesto perierunt.
postridie mane noster amicus Leodensis44 demonstravit quemadmodum musica in lingua Latina Graecaque docenda uteremur: quales sonitus tunc nos delectabant! inde professor Morganus 5 , propter rerum mutationem quandam, mihi auxilio fuit. quam diserte locutus est de ludis collegiisque in illa terra trans Oceanum sita! mi professor, omnes tibi gratias agimus. quid dicam de Mancuniensi Erithaco 6 (vel ave pectus rubrum gerenti) ,qui tam ingeniose exposuit quemadmodum cursus ille Cantabrigiensis renovatus esset. tum postridie rogantibus nobis perite diserte comiter respondit, sicut Quintus Caecilius lucundus vir summi consili.
gratias illi quoque professori Lancastriensi 7 agimus qui suum novum cursum demonstravit, exemplumque fecit discipulis adultis adiuvantibus. credo quidem nos brevi adulescentes natu maiores hoc cursu Latine discentes visuros. neque ullo modo tacere velim de illo equite nobilissimo Dubrensi 8 , cuius eloquentia nobis semper est admirabilis. qua enim auctoritate, ut dixit Morganus ille, qua venustate, qua denique facultate disseruit de contentione inter Aeschylum Euripidenque apud Aristophanis Ranas orta! atque hodie mane summa doctrina de moribus Graecis nos allocutus est.
lohannes Lancastriensis9 quoque est laudandus quippe qui de litteris tam erudite disputaverit ut ego pro certo habeam eum vel e capite Minervae exortum esse!
gratias ago maximas omnibus magistris et magistrabus (sic! ed.) qui alios magistros
magistrasque docebant. quot ingenia in societate nostra habemus! -
commemorandi autem sunt alii: Johannes Corylus et Belinda 13 qui nos recte· pronuntiare linguam Latinam docuerunt; magistra Iohannetta14 quae scribere; doctor Quartarius15 qui de lingua vulgari locutus est, praecipue de accusativo haud legitimo; praeterea multi erant qui tirones corrigerent.
nunc denique paene ad perorationem adveni; unum tamen restat quod dicam: quantam voluptatem, quantum auxilium, quantam hilaritatem per hos quinque dies mihi dederitis. ut dixit Plinius noster, quantum lusimus risimus studuimus. Spero vos omnes ferias iucundissimas acturos, domum incolumes perventuros . valete: qualis artifex abeo!
Roger Davies Lord Wandsworth College
1. The Director spoke while garbed as N ero, a part he played in a light cantata which followed this speech .
2. Dr. Malcolm Bonningt on was interviewed on Roman gardens.
3. Dr. Brian Sparkes spoke on Oplontis.
4. Wilf O'Neill , who lives in Leeds.
5 . Professor Gareth Morgan , who talked on Classics in Texas, helped out at the last minute in a crisis.
6. Robin Griffin , revision editor of the Cambridge Latin Course.
7. Dr. Keith Sidwell of Lancaster Un iversity .
8. Sir Kenn eth Dover.
9. John Randall of Lancaster University .
10. Veronica Anstey and Nick Dunn led the drama classes.
11. Rosemary Hulse led a craft class and conducted Nero.
12. Tony Whitehouse was the accompanist.
13. John Hazel and Belinda Dennis led the pronunciation classes.
14. Janet Liddicoat led the prose composition class.
15. Dr. Ian Gill led a circulus on Vulgar Latin .
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