Time: 14:50 - 16:20
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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What is the course about?
This is a course about improving your knowledge and appreciation of original Latin poetry, through the study of Ovid’s hybrid epic poem, Metamorphoses.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We shall continue to read Book 4 of the Metamorphoses where Ovid completes his whirlwind tour of Greek myths of transformation centred on Thebes, which he began in Book 3, before embarking on the story of Perseus and Andromeda. We shall also be using Colebourn’s Latin Sentence and Idiom to brush up on the finer points of Latin grammar through translation from English into Latin.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- read and translate Latin with confidence and enjoyment;
- have a solid grasp of Ovid’s style and the qualities of his poetry;
- increase your knowledge of Greek myths.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have studied Latin for at least 4 years or have an equivalent knowledge of the language. As this course is taught in English, you should be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English and also take part in class and group discussions on readings. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support with your English skills to help you take part fully in this class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Whole class work; translation, grammar instruction, grammatical exercises. About 2 hours homework per week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Anderson, W.S. (1997) Ovid’s Metamorphoses Books 1-5. Norman, Oklahoma [University of Oklahoma Press], ISBN 978-0-8061-2894-8.
Colebourn, R. (1948) Latin Sentence and Idiom. London [Bristol Classical Press], ISBN 9780862922658.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any of the Latin 5 courses available.
Having grown up in Canada, I came to Cambridge in 2010 to pursue a PhD in Classics, which I received in 2015. I am a scholar of Ancient Greek history and political thought, with a particular interest in ancient diplomacy and in kings, tyrants, and other sole rulers. My current research combines these interests, focussing on how citizens of ancient Greek city-states interacted with absolute rulers, and on the anxieties and debates that these interactions raised. My book based on this research, entitled "Talking to Tyrants in Classical Greek Thought" will be published in Autumn 2022 by Liverpool University Press. Other areas of interest include the politics depicted in Homeric epic, the performance of Greek tragedy and comedy, and the early evolution of the role of the Roman Emperor. I greatly enjoy sharing the many facets of the ancient world with students of all levels. I have long experience teaching Greek and Latin language, literature, and history at the Faculty of Classics at Cambridge, as a private tutor, and more recently at Cambridge's Institute for Continuing Education.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.