Latin set texts conference
5th February, 2016
On Friday 29 January, four members of the Lower Sixth gathered at 5 o’clock in the morning for our flight down to London. Once in London, we made our way to the Francis Holland School for the conference on the AS Latin prose and verse texts. We had two speakers for the day, Dr Elena Giusti from Cambridge University and Professor Matthew Leigh from Oxford University, both of whom delivered two engaging and insightful lectures on Cicero’s de Imperio and Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
It was hugely helpful to learn more about the social and political context in which the two texts were written and to explore the history of Rome in greater detail. Professor Leigh revealed the tragic history of Thebes to us and demonstrated how Ovid interweaves several literary genres into his poem; Dr Giusti revealed the darker side to Pompey the Great, despite Cicero’s incessant praise of the general.
A huge ‘thank you’ goes to Mrs Smith for organising the trip and accompanying us down to London.