Latin Workshop (10/6/22): Cicero in Exile

Sīc exīstimēs, mē vehementius tuā miseriā quam meā commovērī.”

Cicero Workshop Details:

  • Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022
  • Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm PDT (8:00pm – 10:00pm EDT)
  • Location: Online via Zoom
  • Cost: $10
  • Text: Annotated student’s edition of Epistula Ad Familiārēs XIV.IV Cicerōnis provided upon sign-up.
  • Difficulty: Students who have completed Intermediate Latin or above.
  • Cancellation policy: Full refund available before September 25th. No refunds afterwards.

While in exile from Rome, Cicero – the Roman statesman, philosopher, and orator extraordinaire – describes his current predicament in a letter to his wife, Terentia. With Cicero’s characteristic rhetorical skill, he excuses himself for writing so seldom, laments the situation, and advises Terentia about her future course of action, all while expressing his affection and concern for his family as they await his return home.  

Cicero’s writings provided a standard for Latin prose style during much of the Renaissance, and even his personal correspondence displays rhetorical flourish. Powerful, elegant, and yet approachable, Cicero is both challenging and accessible.

In this 2-hour online workshop, ALI Latin & Greek Fellow Katherine L. Bradshaw will lead students through a guided reading of Cicero’s Ad Familiārēs XIV.IV, all in Latin. No familiarity with Cicero is assumed, though you should have experience reading in Latin in order to benefit from this workshop.

All students will receive an annotated student’s version of Epistula XIV.IV upon sign-up. 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 to sign up.

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.

We are sorry, but this workshop has sold out. We are now forming a waiting list in the event a registered participant drops out. Please email and ask to be added to the waiting list.

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