ARLT

The Association for Latin Teaching

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 ARLT Summer School  1995



  Held at Charlotte Mason College, Ambleside

  Directed by Miss H Walters

Director's Oratio Valedictoria


eheu! fugaces, o Arelates, labuntur dies! nonne modo heri advenimus in hunc locum amoenum, silvis lacibus collibus - vel montibus - cinctum? hic nos delectabant homines doctissimi quorum nomina quantae molis erat Latine dicere! (1) primo illi duo filii - filius ille de Brigantibus: Jerry Pater-filius (2), qui nobis de iocis Caesaris Augusti narravit; alter filius Hibernicus: Rex Gib-filius (3), qui picturas feminarum pravissimarum ostendit,

  quae tamen a versibus Ovidii certe absunt. tum advenit Hadrianus - non ille qui murum aedificavit sed Hadrianus Cochlear-tor (4), qui de canibus et canariis locutus est. mox accepimus vatem Musarum, Nick Fundum Hibernum (5), qui pictura vaccarum (5) graveolentium nos delectavit. in zie Mercurii (6), ursos ligare non poteramus, sed ante pullorum cantum (6) excitati, longe a domo vecti sumus ut res mirabiles Luguvallii Vindolandae Carvorani videremus. hic in die Mercurii tandem invenimus illam raram avem Erithacum rubeculam (7), qui nobis subligaria non ostendit, sed multa alia explicavit. hinc quam fortiter in montes contendimus! quam in sole moliti sumus! (8) nocte figulus ille Paulus Caledonius (9) nos ad Graeciam duxit, villasque casas casulas tabernas nobis demonstravit, in zie Mercurii. proximo die - mirabile dictu! - nobis placuit Linguam Latinam non diutius reficere.(10) tum nos iterum de feminis pravis certiores facti sumus, a Saxo (11) illo docti. hodie philologus (6) hicce doctissimus multa verba male scripta nobis ostendit. quibus omnibus gratias maximas ago, ministris quoque huius collegii, qui nos curaverunt non pro xylesphongium (6), sed diligentissime et amicissime.


sed, amici, praecipue vobis gratias ago, quod sine vobis est nihil dulce nec amabile.


1.  One of the Director's most dreaded tasks is the tradition of Latinising the names of the speakers; this year, I seemed to have picked an especially intractable set!

2.  Jerry Paterson - that was fairly easy!

3.  Roy Gibson, talking on the Ars Amatoria

4.  Adrian Spooner; cochlear is a spoon (flashcard used at this stage). Adrian talked on `Words Charged with History': the Canary Islands were so named as their shape reminded travellers of dogs.

5.  Nick Winterbotham, Director of Tullie House Museum, Carlisle. The cows were modelled in cow-dung, and exhibited in the museum.

6.  Jonathan Powell spoke on `Bad Latin and Romance Languages'; several phrases that found favour with the audience turned up in this speech. Jonathan was present for the Entertainment, which mercifully meant I didn't have to Latinise his name!

7.  Robin Birley (another flashcard), who was delayed by the Planning Officer.

8.  We walked part of Hadrian's Wall: it was HOT!

9.  Paul Scott, a ceramicist, who spoke on the Knossos Town Mosaic

10. We changed the Association's name from the Association for the Reform of Latin Teaching, to the Association for Latin Teaching; a change of name has been mooted off and on since the 1920s!

11. Peter Walsh spoke on Livy 39, the trials of the Bacchants