Reading Classical Latin: Cicero and Ovid

A weekend course with the Institute of Continuing Education, Cambridge University.

Cicero was Rome’s leading orator and this weekend you have the opportunity to read one of his superbly moulded speeches: in Pro Caelio, Cicero defends young Marcus Caelius Rufus on charges of political violence. This is no dry legal speech, but one in which Cicero uses his acerbic rhetoric to attack his client’s lover, Clodia – painting a vivid picture of the violent times of the Roman Republic. If you prefer myth to the reality of the court room, then choose to read Book 3 of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, where you will encounter mad dogs, a fiery thunderbolt and a boy falling in love with…his own reflection. There is never a dull moment in Ovid’s witty re-writing of Greek myth. Whichever text you choose, there will be plenty of friendly discussion as we wrestle together with the power of the Latin language.

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