Latin Summer School at St Albans Cathedral

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Aug 1

Latin Summer School at St Albans Cathedral

1 August - 5 August

Explore the texts and language of one of Christianity’s most influential theologians, St Augustine of Hippo, in this week-long Summer School. Suitable for students who are working at post-beginner level or above, or those who have studied Latin in the past, this week of Latin will explore the language, grammar and text of Augustine’s Confessions (Book 1). A wayward young man, pained by a deep conviction of his own sin, sat in a garden in fourth-century Milan. The small voice of a child drifted across saying, “tolle, lege; tolle, lege”, “pick up, read; pick up, read”. The young man turned and picked up a book that had been left behind by his friend with whom he had just been talking. It was a copy of the Letter to the Romans. He opened the book and looked down : Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarrelling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires (Romans 13:13-14). So marked the point of conversion of the young man to Christianity. He would later become St Augustine of Hippo (354-430), a bishop in North Africa and one of the most influential theologians in the West. The account of his conversion is part of his autobiographical and most well-known work, the Confessions. Joshua Calvin Shaw’s edition, available to buy here and to download as a PDF for free here, will be the text used. Shaw’s edition contains full vocabulary lists and reading aids. When | Monday 1 – Friday 5 August,  10.30am-3.30pm Where | Alban Room, St Albans Cathedral Cost | £150 Tutor | Anthony Armstrong, Tutor in Latin and Greek



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St Alban’s Cathedral Study Centre
Sumpter Yard
St Alban's, Hertfordshire AL1 1BY United Kingdom
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