This is our second group in Southwell, jointly with Newark, with a dozen enthusiastic members. We are now (April 2019) on Book 4 of the Cambridge Latin Course . We have room for one or two more members who have some acquaintance with the language. We meet fortnightly in the Library, from 10.15 to 11.45.
Tom Chamberlain - Group Leader
Latin For Improvers
This group was formed out of the original Latin Group set up some ten years ago.
It is suitable for anyone with some knowledge of Latin who would like to relearn or improve their knowledge of the language and read some Latin authors in their original and unaltered format. The group is certainly not “advanced”. We have selected texts that we might have studied for O level in the 1950s and 1960s.
The sessions are split into two.
In the first part we are revising the language currently using Wheelock’s Latin, a book which begins right at the beginning and is structured more closely to the way in which we all learnt Latin for O level, before the introduction of the Cambridge Course, (which the long standing members of the group have followed through).
In the second part we read longer unaltered passages by Latin Authors. We read for enjoyment. There is no requirement for anyone to translate if they would rather follow it whilst others translate We have read Caesar’s account of the invasion of Britain and are now reading part of Livy, Book 21, which tells some of the story of Hannibal’s march through Europe, “Hannibal the Scourge of Rome”. We read for enjoyment, not in a testing way, so that if someone wants to listen and not translate the group are very happy at that.
If anyone is interested but in doubt as to the level, please do contact us or give us a try.
The group meets for 2 hours every other Friday morning in Southwell library.