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The Song of Arms

and a Man

 

After its premiere at the Ivor Gurney Hall on 9th June, George Sharpley will present a workshop at Gloucester Cathedral on 18th and 19th August 2018.

This world masterpiece, the Aeneid, tells the story of Aeneas’ escape from Troy, his stay with Dido and his struggle to fulfil his destiny as founder of Rome.

 

 

The Song of Arms and a Man may appear again within a few months. Contact us if you want to be updated.

 

Why Latin in cathedrals?

In the 8th and 9th centuries there was a renaissance of learning in Europe, and Latin was at its heartin cathedrals and monasteries.

At that time the overlord of a large part of western Europe, Charlemagne, had many new cathedrals and monasteries built. He instructed them to teach Latin, to produce more scribes to work in the courts and more priests to use the one language shared across Europe.

The Latin of Charlemagne’s day was a broad sweep of literature. There were liturgical and religious texts, laws, histories, administrative records (then, the clergy did all the ‘clerical’ work), works of fiction and poems, and also the treasured books of a much earlier time.

These pre-Christian writers – poets, historians, orators, storytellers and letter-writers reflected values of a quite different world; but they were too good to ignore. The great classical writings of Cicero, Virgil and Ovid, whose stories of mischievous gods and whimsical goddesses were treated as allegories, were copied and kept alive in the cathedrals and monasteries like Gloucester above.

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at cathedrals and Roman sites

 

NEXT  -  Saturday and Sunday,
18th and 19th August 2018
at Gloucester Cathedral

Weekend workshop


Reading the Aeneid

We shall be reading and discussing texts from 'The Song of Arms and a Man'.

 

 

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The Complete Latin Course

 

The Complete Latin Course

Get Started in Latin

Get Started in Latin

Catch up with mulus

and his friends

Get Started in Latin - a translation of the story

 

 

 

Latin Voices

Why hear Latin?

Emma Kirkby reads from Aeneid 11: Diana prepares to avenge the death of her favourite, Camilla.

Matthew Hargreaves reads from Aeneid 6, Virgil's story of Aeneas visiting the underworld.

Martial's doctor leaves him feeling even worse.

Catullus to Lesbia:

let's live and love

Virgil's distraught hero Aeneas has lost his wife. Here he is comforted by her ghost.

Carpe diem, says

Horace to his girl.

More readings

Ovid's story of

Narcissus and Echo

 

Why would the ablative case help detectives solve a murder mystery?

Practise all the cases

with cartoon exercises

Latin Qvarter readingsAudio CD of

Teach Yourself Complete Latin

George Sharpley reads from Gavin Betts' course.

   
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