22 April 2020 News from the Latin Group. We are continuing our Latin Course and comparing notes about translations and grammar exercises via email. News from the Latin Group.
We are now at Stage 20, which is called 'medicus' - the doctor, and gives interesting insights into medical treatments in the 1st century AD ranging from folk remedies, belief in astrology and a growing understanding of anatomy and the importance of cleanliness. Our story is set in Alexandria, which became famous as a centre of science and learning and students from around the Mediterranean came to the city to study medicine before returning to their own countries.
In our story, Barbillus, a rich Roman, has been wounded by a spear while on a crocodile hunt. He is rushed back to his villa, where the first person to try to treat the wound is his bailiff, who is used to curing slaves. He sends slaves to collect spiders' webs, which he wraps around the wound. Next the house astrologer appears - he had warned Barbillus that it was not a propitious day for hunting. He sets the slaves to find a black mouse, which he kills and minces up and spreads on the wound. After this treatment, Barbillus finds the strength to order that someone searches for the doctor, Petro, in the city. When he arrives at the villa, he cleans out the wound, with vinegar, and binds it tightly saying that only nature and rest can cure Barbillus.
Self-isolation has shown just how much we rely on regular meetings to compare notes and fully understand the next piece of new grammar. So to stay together and provide a focus, members of the Latin Group will be studying a FutureLearn course together, on the subject of Health and Welfare in the Ancient World, which starts on 27th April. We are looking forward to it and continuing our learning.
The Latin Group meets on the 1st Monday of the month at 2.00pm in the Senior Citizens’ Club room, SHIFNAL TF11 8EQ.
Latin is an ancient language with a modern relevance. We speak words derived from Latin every time we open our mouths; our bodies are described with Latin nouns; the plants in our gardens have Latin names and we see it on the supermarket shelves – Brillo, Nivea, Vimto – to name just a few brands.
The Wrekin U3A Latin Group was formed in 2012 and the group is made up of people with mixed experiences of learning the language, ranging from no knowledge to A level. We also have different approaches to learning so our meetings combine some formal translation work with puzzles and discussions of all things Roman. We are basing our learning on the Cambridge Latin Course which combines language with Roman culture.
New members are always welcome. If you are new to the language, we have reached Book 3 so some effort would be required to catch the group up. An alternative would be to approach Latin Group 2.
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