Workshop

Ancient Greek Workshop (11/30/23): Theophrastus’ “Characters” (Session II)

Theophrastus Workshop Details: Although this workshop is second in a series, there is no requirement to have attended the first one. The moment you begin learning Ancient Greek, Athens looms as an inevitable stop along the road, regardless of your final destination. However, usually, when we think of Athens, we think of the flourishing Athens …

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Ancient Greek Workshop (10/12/23): Theophrastus’ “Characters” (Session I)

Theophrastus Workshop Details: The moment you begin learning Ancient Greek, Athens looms as an inevitable stop along the road, regardless of your final destination. However, usually, when we think of Athens, we think of the flourishing Athens of Pericles, of Socrates’ small circle of students engaged in philosophical discussions, or of the great orators delivering …

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Latin Workshop (7/27/23): Erasmus’ Epic Winter Quest

Erasmus Workshop Details: Quem ego posthāc Herculem, quem Ulyssem nōn contemnam? As the summer heat continues to rise, remember the perils of winter with the 15th-century Dutch scholar, philosopher, theologian, and translator, Erasmus of Rotterdam. In one of his numerous letters, Erasmus describes his trials and adventures on a wintry journey. Recounting various obstacles and …

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Latin Workshop (5/16/23): The Venerable Bede and the Songs of Caedmon

Bede Workshop Details: In his Historia Ecclēsiastica Gentis Anglōrum (Ecclesiastical History of the English People) the Venerable Bede – the 7th-century Anglo-Saxon historian, theologian, and scholar – recounts the story of the first recorded Old English Christian poet. This poet, Caedmon, was neither learned, nor a naturally gifted singer. In fact, he disliked singing and …

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Ancient Greek Workshop (4/11/23): Reading Aesop in Historic Prints.

Aesop Workshop Details: You can read your text edition’s Ancient Greek font without thinking, but you feel worlds apart from ever reading a manuscript. How about we try historic prints first? Learning to read prints (those which include so-called ligatures, fun squiggly lines, etc.) not only broadens one’s horizon and possibly bridges some important gaps …

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Latin Workshop (3/16/23): Erasmus and His Strange Seal

Erasmus Workshop Details: In one of his numerous letters, Erasmus of Rotterdam – the 15th-century Dutch scholar, philosopher, theologian, and translator – addresses a contentious issue. Erasmus had endured censure, disparagement, and even personal insults related to this subject. What caused such a stir? Erasmus’s choice of imagery for his seal. Covering topics that range …

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Ancient Greek Workshop (3/7/23): ΠΕΡΙ ΑΝΑΚΡΕΟΝΤΕΙΩΝ. On the So-Called Anacreontic Poems.

Anacreontic Poems Workshop Details: Fed up with hexameters, but somewhat intimidated by the prospect of having to recite the great tragedians? Good news! There is a genre of Ancient Greek iambic poetry which can bridge this gap for you. In this workshop, we will introduce a number of charming short poems with extra short lines …

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Old English Workshop (2/28/23): How to Read an Old English Poem (even if you can’t read Old English yet)

Old English Poetry Workshop Details: One of the most compelling reasons to learn Old English is to gain access to some of the most beautiful poems in the history of English Literature. But much of this beauty is easily lost in translation. In this beginner-friendly workshop, you will be introduced to the beauty of Old …

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Ancient Greek Workshop (2/7/23): ΠΕΡΙ ΛΟΓΟΥ ΜΕΡΩΝ. On the Parts of Speech.

Parts of Speech Workshop Details: You are using Ancient Greek actively, but you also want to talk about grammar? Good news! In this workshop, we will first go over the Greek terminology for the Parts of Speech according to Dionysius Thrax’s Art of Grammar. For contrast, and to consolidate our grasp of the issues at …

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Latin Workshop (1/31/23): Pliny the Younger and the Great Escape

Ēgressī tēcta cōnsistimus. Multa ibi mīranda, multās formīdinēs patimur. Pliny the Younger Workshop Details: In his second letter on the topic, Pliny the Younger – the Roman senator and prolific correspondent – recounts how he and his mother survived the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. This letter provides a moving eye-witness account of the destruction, fear, …

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