Learning Classics is a bit like putting on a magic pair of 3-D glasses. Once you start delving into the language and the culture, you'll start to see it all around you. This blog is a record of the club's journey through the worlds and language of ancient Rome and Greece... and through modern times, too, searching for the influence of classics all around us. You'll also be able to find vocab, home tasks, links and generally enlightening info here, too.

12 July 2015

Lesson 27 - Ave atque vale*

Well, here we are: our last lesson of Classics Club.

After a bit of admin (thanks for all your feedback), we thought about amphitheatres, after seeing those ruins last week under the Guildhall. The grandest Roman amphitheatre - which you all knew - is, of course, the Colosseum. To fully appreciate this architectural wonder, we took a video quiz on the impressive structure which was originally called (as we now know) the Flavian Amphitheatre.

So the Romans certainly knew how to build an impressive structure. But what else did they ever do for the world? The perfect answer can be found in a rather unexpected comic source...

And, from the same source (Monty Python's 'Life of Brian'), a contrast to the Classics Club method of teaching Latin... at least, I hope you all think so!

It's been a fantastic year. Have a great summer holiday and see some of you again in the new term for further adventures in Latin.

*="Hello and goodbye", a famous line written by the Roman poet Catullus. More here, if you're interested.