Six months on from the third Belfast Summer School in Latin and Classical Greek, a group of hardy students and tutors met at Queen’s University for a day of even more Latin and Greek. Feedback from Summer School participants had suggested that students were interested in studying these ancient languages more frequently. So, in contrast to the annual summer meeting, in rather chillier temperatures, 14 students and six tutors met on Saturday 2nd February 2019 to spend the day consolidating, revising, learning new Latin and Greek grammar, and reading texts in the original language.
Beginners Latin students revised grammar which had been covered in the 2018 summer school, with tutor Amber Taylor using Ecce Romani, a textbook which some readers might remember from school! The Intermediate Latin class began with some grammar revision with tutor Stephen McCarthy. The aim of Stephen’s class was to read Catullus 51, the poet’s version of Sappho 31, a poem to his beloved, Lesbia. Dr Laura Pfuntner’s Advanced Latin students read the story of Daedalus and Icarus from Ovid’s Metamorphoses and concluded the day with scansion.
The Beginners Greek tutor was Dr Kerry Phelan and her class reached the conclusion of chapter 1 of the Athenaze textbook. Intermediate Greek students spent the morning revising grammar with tutor Helen McVeigh. After lunch, the group translated a short passage from Xenophon’s Hellenica. Lynn Gordon’s Advanced Greek class began reading from the speeches of Lysias and, after lunch, translated a section from Aristophanes’ Peace.
As co-ordinator, the most important result for me is that students enjoyed the day, which I’ve been assured they did. Thank you to all the tutors for their hard work preparing for the classes, and for giving up their Saturday to teach. On behalf of the Summer School staff, thank you to the students for their energy and enthusiasm for Greek and Latin, and we hope to see you again in July!
For information about the 2019 Summer School, its brochure and how to apply, click HERE
To see what goes on at the Belfast Summer School, have a look at the review of its 2018 edition HERE