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.

04 October 2015

Lesson 3 - Mythbusters

Breaking & entering - serial offender
Picking up where we left off last week, we took a look at some myths - Greek and modern - to investigate why these intriguing and often scary tales play such an important part in so many cultures. We all agreed on Mormo and Father Christmas as tales used to keep naughty children in check. There was also consensus on mermaids and the Taraxippi as
Fact or fiction?
myths that helped explain observed phenomena. However, the debate got very lively when it came onto the origins of UFO stories. Some of us bought into the fact that these stories tap into human physiology (sleep paralysis) and psychology (addressing our deepest fears), but others argued that they weren't myths at all, but true accounts of actual events. We even had a vivid first-hand account of a mysterious light in the sky. Fun stuff, and loads of food for thought...

taurus magnus est...
...vacca magna est
In language work today, we looked at how the ends of Latin nouns denote their gender (-us for masculine, -a for feminine and -um for neuter). We then explored how adjectives have to agree with their noun by changing their endings, and completed some sentences of our own , supplying the correct adjective.

No home tasks this week, and see you all in a fortnight as there's an INSET day next Friday.