Weekend Reading: Thinking Summery Thoughts

I don’t know about you, but right now I’m sitting at my desk with a hot water bottle on my legs, a dressing gown over my shoulders and two pairs of fluffy socks on my feet. And I’m still cold. The wind is howling around my bay window (the sea view is not seeming like such a great feature right now) and the hailstones pelting the glass are so loud they keep making me jump. Happy March, everybody!

But summer is not that far away, and summer brings summer schools. So this week I wanted to pass on the information that booking has just opened for the Durham Greek and Latin summer school (other summer schools are also available!).

I mention the Durham summer school in particular because I’ve seen so many OU students, from all over Europe, attend and thoroughly enjoy themselves (in fact, I collected their feedback and photos a few years ago, to pass on to people who asked about it). Some go back year after year! I went there myself, when I was 17 and Greekless, and I gave a talk there a couple of years ago, so I can confirm that it’s a lovely atmosphere. It’s a great way of picking up a language from scratch, or brushing up your skills. Here’s the information, just in case you’re interested…

JACT Durham Greek & Latin Summer School


Dates: 22nd – 29th July 2023

St John’s College

The JACT Durham Greek & Latin Summer School is held annually in the beautiful surroundings of St John’s College, Durham. This year will be the 29th Summer School & we warmly welcome students and lifelong learners. You don’t have to be in any type of formal education to attend the JACT Durham Greek & Latin Summer School, all we ask is that you bring your enthusiasm and passion for Ancient Greek and/or Latin with you and share it with us. You can register to attend the Summer School at any language level you like, from beginner all the way to advanced. Throughout your week in Durham, you’ll be supported by expert and knowledgeable tutors who will make your Summer School experience one to remember. After a day’s work of studying your chosen language, you’ll have the opportunity to soak up the knowledge and expertise of our special guest speakers, all of whom are either academics or experts in the fields of Classical Studies, Ancient History and Archaeology. Throughout the week there’ll be opportunities to participate in fun activities and there’ll be a trip to Hadrian’s Wall for those who want to visit this remarkable site in the Northeast of England. The JACT Durham Greek & Latin Summer School provides an outstanding opportunity for learners of all levels, ages, and backgrounds to start out or enhance their existing knowledge of Ancient Greek and/or Latin in a hospitable and welcoming environment.

  • Language tuition is available at 6 levels from beginners to advanced.
  • Experienced tutors
  • Full board & accommodation including a formal evening meal on the last night
  • Daily lectures by expert speakers & academics
  • Optional additional support available upon request e.g., lunchtime grammar clinics
  • Optional field trip to Hadrian’s Wall
  • Bursaries available

Full details of the JACT Durham Greek & Latin Summer School, including how to register, can be found on our new website: https://www.durhamglss.org/

If you use social media, then you can follow us for updates on Twitter & Facebook.

Twitter: @JACTLatin_Greek

Facebook: JACT Durham Greek & Latin Summer School

This week from around the Classical Internet


Travelling Homer – The Guardian

Cambridge short films – Cambridge Independent

Mini Roman-era Sphinx – Hyperallergic

Vatican returns Parthenon sculptures – The Art Newspaper

Roman altar at Leicester – The Guardian

Gladiator fights in Roman Britain – BBC

Smiley Sphinx – The Daily Mail

From Legonium.

Comment and opinion

Mithras in Leicester – A Don’s Life

Indiana Jones and excavating – Current

Top 10 goddesses – Greek City Times

Podcasts, video and other media

Translating Ovid – Moan Inc

The Partial Recap – The Partial Historians

The forgotten queen – ABC Radio National

Septimius Severus – The Ancients

Postgraduate symposium – APGRD

From Classical Studies Memes For Hellenistic Teens.

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