The LATIN QVARTER
Presenting a world premiere
The Song of Arms
and a Man
7pm, Saturday 9th June, 2018
The Ivor Gurney Hall
(adjacent to Gloucester Cathedral)
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. Step back two thousand years and enjoy Virgil’s beautiful Latin spoken by readers who as singers, including Emma Kirkby and Matthew Hargreaves, have a special talent for conveying classical verse. The outline of the story is presented in English: this is for all, including those new to Latin.
Why Latin in cathedrals?
In the 8th and 9th centuries there was a renaissance of learning in Europe, and Latin was at its heart – in 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.
at cathedrals and Roman sites
Over this weekend we shall be reading and discussing texts from 'The Song of Arms and a Man'.
If you enrol on this course, a ticket to The Song of Arms and a Man (9th June) is free (while places are still available).
for published courses
Catch up with mulus
and his friends
Why would the ablative case help detectives solve a murder mystery?
with cartoon exercises
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.
Ovid's story of
Narcissus and Echo
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George Sharpley reads from Gavin Betts' course.