The Latin group was started in 2001 for people who had either never learned Latin or who were very rusty and seventeen years along, the group has become fairly proficient. Group members are expected to prepare/ translate 30-40 lines 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 is becoming a tradition.
In the past we have read Vergil’s Aeneid Book 6, some of Pliny’s letters, a selection from Bede’s History of the English Speaking Church and a selection of the writings of Cicero – his speeches, letters and philosophical works. We try to move between prose and poetry and are now about to return to selections from Ovid’s Metamorphoses after spending some time with Cicero.
Notwithstanding the above, we have been able to incorporate members into the group who do not have recent experience of studying Latin, but 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 Latin in a beginners’ group and as a result one has been established; it started in September 2016. If anyone is interested in this, please contact me or the Convenor of this new group.