- I am a recent graduate of the University of Exeter, with a 1st class degree in Ancient History, including Latin, and progressing to Master’s study in the same.
- The Greco-Roman world is for me a particularly vibrant period, and an opportunity to study its culture through its literature is thus particularly exciting! I am most keen to pass on that excitement!
- Currently teaching Latin as a volunteer at several schools in and around Exeter has moreover given me good experience in many of the problems encountered by the student of Latin!
Latin: Just who is this Cicero Person Anyway?
- I know well how dry and formulaic Latin can be, dominated by seemingly endless tables of conjugations and declensions!
- Being able to read the likes of Cicero’s famous speeches denouncing Catiline or Antony in the original tongue though makes the Latin and the history both more alive and engaging.
- I mostly like to work from real examples of Latin literature to illustrate the language in use, and so I believe my sessions would be best suited to those interested in improving their background Latin knowledge and experience.
- I’m very flexible in my approach to my sessions though and would be happy to do most things, including basic grammar recaps!
|Classical Civilisation||A Level||£20 /hr|
|Latin||A Level||£20 /hr|
|Ancient History||Bachelors Degree||1st|
The ablative absolute is a neat and, I think, elegant Latin subordinate clause. It is distinguishable from the main clause by a subject noun and a participle, usually the perfect, in the ablative case. It has a rough translation meaning 'This having happened', or 'After this had happened...'. The ablative case makes it distinct from the main clause and describes a state of affairs in which the main clause takes place. An example would be: 'Spartaco victo Crassus Pompeiusque consules facti sunt.' (After Spartacus had been defeated, Crassus and Pompey became consuls.) The fact that it has no direct translation into English actually allows you to be reasonably flexible when translating it. For example, Latin often uses an ablative absolute where English would use two verbs linked by 'and'. So, an alternative translation of the above could be, 'Crassus and Pompey defeated Spartacus and became consuls'. As I said, it's quite neat!see more