Beccles

Latin

Convenor: Anthony Laceby
Date: Second and Fourth Thursday of the Month
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Venue: Small meeting room Beccles Library

NOTE: All levels of ability are welcome.

During the Covid-19 crisis the Latin Group is 'ticking over' on-line, starting next week; I emailed the members about the proposal and have had the 'thumbs up'. I'll be recommending some reading from our set book and emailing Latin passages and some English-to-Latin sentences for translation ... with the answers!

'amo, amas, amat'; few combinations of words evoke memories - good and bad! - like these. While we may have gladly packed away our Latin when we left school, its influence, even now, on our speech, our reading and our writing is undeniable: am, pm, ie, pp, et seq, et al, cf, NB, re, etc ... ad infinitum.

The Latin Group comprises beginners and improvers and we aim to achieve, at some point, GCSE standard. Our approach is traditional: discussion of grammar and syntax followed by reading and translation. That said, U3A is about Laughing as well as Living and Learning so we've tempered our more serious stories with fairy tales in Latin and with Plautus, whose plays were the inspiration for Frankie Howard's 'Up Pompeii'.

So, if you enjoy a (not-too-strenuous) mental challenge and would like, inter alia, to experience more of Latin's rich legacy, do come along and give us a try.

valete,

Anthony Laceby

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