Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

Ref: C2341923

This short day-school will examine Latin inscriptions; the Roman examples we see in museums, the Medieval types we find in churches and the 'everyday' ones like those found on crests today. The presenters will look at simple examples and try to show how to decode what we see and help students to make sense of what was written and what was meant by it. Illustrated.

Course aim

This short day-school will look at Latin inscriptions, Roman examples, Medieval church use and post-Medieval inscriptions of the kind we see everyday. The course presenters will attempt to explain some of the terms we seen and how to decode them.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Attempt a rough translation of a simple Roman inscription.
  • Gain a sense of what a Medieval grave inscription is saying about the deceased.
  • Describe who the inscription is addressing and why.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • The day-school will be presented by a linguist and an archaeologist who will share their specialist insight with the participants.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • We hope students will feel able to look at Latin inscriptions anew and attempt to make sense of them during church or museum visits and gain a sense of what's being said, about whom and to who.

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Sic Transit Gloria Mundi


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