Covid precautions: As the group includes extremely vulnerable members we decided to move our meetings online in spring of 2020 and are continuing with this. As a relatively small group we find this works well and we can use Zoom to share materials on-screen.
The Reading Latin group was started in 2001 and the group has become fairly proficient. Group members are expected to prepare/ translate 30 or so lines of a classical Latin text before each meeting, and at the meetings we take turns to read aloud and translate. There is ample opportunity for discussion and looking into the background of what we are working on. We do have some diversions, for example playing “Call my Bluff” using Latin words, and our annual Saturnalia celebration has become a tradition which we hope to resume in full post Covid limitations.
We vary our reading between poetry and prose, and have in the past read Vergil’s Aeneid Book 6, some of Pliny’s letters, selections from Bede’s History of the English Speaking Church and from the writings of Cicero – his speeches, letters and philosophical works. We have also read from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita, and are currently (December 2021 onwards) reading Suetonius’ Life of Caligula. In spring of 2022 we plan to start Vergil’s Aeneid Book 4.
We are pleased to welcome new members, and do our best to incorporate members into the group who do not have recent experience of studying Latin. This does require a degree of commitment and hard work from them.
Because of the structure of the group sessions the group size is normally limited to ten. Please contact the convenor for the up-to-date situation regarding the number in the group.
From time to time we have been contacted by people interested in learning the Latin language. There is not a beginners group currently. Details of the Intermediate group (founded as Beginners in 2019), and the more advanced Latin Scholars can be found on the Wokingham U3A website.