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The Association for Latin Teaching

Newsletter 13: March 2004


Dear Classical Friend,


I know it is only a couple of days since I sent out the February newsletter, but I have just received a couple of interesting emails and I thought I would pass on the news straight away. By the way, sorry about all those slashes in the last two newsletters. They seem to come with apostrophes, so I shall try not to use apostrophes.


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Troy the Movie - a trailer

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Veronica Kotziamani has sent this note about a trailer on the web. It took my computer quite a time to download, even with broadband, but it is nice to see it. It is 1½ minutes long.


There are now two trailers for Troy the movie. The longer and more interesting one is found on Dark Horizons - it is the one prepared for the Japanese market, but it is in English. (My son is an actor living and working in Hollywood. He told me about it. http://www.troy.jp/trailer/02320.mov


Sadly, I think we are going to be very disappointed. He tells me he has heard there is a Roman general fighting there!! - Let us hope THAT ended up on the cutting room floor.)


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Crisis for Classics Teaching in France

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Brian Bishop has sent on a petition, with covering note -


I have received the following from the Cambridge Society for Neo-Latin Studies. I think it deserves pride of place in the next Newsletter, if not sooner, and all the support that we can give it:


"Please find below an electronic petition to save the place of Latin and Greek in French secondary schools. There are non-French as well as French signatories on the list. When filling in post code, those not resident in France should put a zero.

Andrew Taylor (CSNLS)"


APPEL POUR LE LATIN ET LE GREC

http://www.sauv.net/latingrec2004.php Signature en ligne : http://www.sauv.net/latin.php Liste des signataires : http://www.sauv.net/latin.php?action=list "


Although we in Britain are not yet, so far as I am aware, facing such an immediate catastrophe, Classics are suffering death just as surely, although by a thousand cuts -- examination numbers ever declining, classics teacher recruitment down, departments closing .... Government antipathy is just as strong, albeit more subtle, in Britain. What is A.R.L.T. doing?


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Learning Greek on line

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Hilary Walters has drawn my attention to a potentially useful web site for anyone who want to learn Greek but lacks a teacher. She asks: "Have you checked out Leeds Grammar School's online Greek course - they want more pupils from Sept. 2004

http://www.egreek.co.uk ?"


The web site does not provide a sample lesson for the casual web surfer, as far as I can see, but have a look anyway.


David (on St David's Day!)