Shropshire Council

Small Latin and Less Greek: English Literature and the Classics

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  • Price: £45 (includes refreshments)
  • Venue: Ludlow Museum Resource Centre

Join tutor Martin Thorpe as we consider the influence on English literature of the literature of Greece and Rome. Some of the topics we may consider include:

  • How much Latin and Greek did English writers know in the original and what authors did they read? 
  • How much can you get out of a translation? 
  • ‘Latin is a language as dead as dead can be’.  What makes a language dead?  Are the Classics dead? When did they die?
  • How does the influence operate? Translation, inspiration, imitation and parody
  • The literary traditions: epic, tragedy, satire, lyric, comedy, history all have their origins in Greece or Rome. What about the novel? the film?  

Martin Thorpe read Classics at Cambridge. He's been an active member of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers, serving as chairman and president.  He has been tutor for a number of adult courses locally.

Ludlow Museum Resource Centre

7-9 Parkway, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 2PG

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