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:

  • Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2023
  • Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm PST (8:00pm – 10:00pm EST)
  • Location: Online via Zoom
  • Cost: $10
  • Text: Annotated student’s edition of Epistulae VI.XX Plīniī Minōris provided before workshop.
  • Difficulty: Students who have completed Intermediate Latin or above.
  • Cancellation policy: Full refund available before January 18th. No refunds afterwards.

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, and suffering around Pompeii on that historic day in A.D. 79.

Models of Latin correspondence, Pliny the Younger’s letters have intrigued, entertained, and educated readers for centuries. Their style – challenging, yet accessible – is both polished and conversational.

In this 2-hour online workshop, ALI Latin & Greek Fellow Katherine L. Bradshaw will lead students through a guided reading of Pliny the Younger’s Epistulae VI.XX, all in Latin. No familiarity with Pliny the Younger is assumed, though you should have experience reading in Latin to benefit from this workshop.

All students will receive an annotated student’s version of Epistulae VI.XX before the workshop begins. You are not expected to do any homework in preparation for the workshop, but you are welcome to do so. Attendance is limited to 12 students max in order to preserve a small, collegial atmosphere. So, if you’re interested, don’t hesitate. Sign up, and we look forward to seeing you on January 31st!

Katherine L. Bradshaw, ALI’s Latin & Greek Fellow, has an M.A. in Classics from the University of Maryland, as well as an M.A. in English from the George Washington University. She is happiest when discussing shared aspects of the human experience, particularly if the conversation turns to Latin poetry, Latin and ancient Greek biography, food in the Greco-Roman world, ancient Christianity, or Shakespeare. In addition to highlighting links across time and space, Katherine can be found speaking Latin and ancient Greek at various immersion workshops, knitting for charity, or training for Spartan obstacle course races.

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