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The video chatroom on schola has seen a lot of action recently - and seems to be developing quite nicely.

There is currently a regular Comenius reading group - it does not have a schedule - lead by Molendinarius, this group is reading through Schola Ludus. When it meets, an email is sent out to all members of Schola, who, if they are at a computer and have some free time, can log in and participate.

Laura Gibbs will be setting up a regular Vulgate reading group. This will combine reading Vulgate, with the Biblical dialogues written by Castellion. The first meeting is scheduled for today, the 29th.

In addition,people just turn up to shoot the breeze - unscheduled.

My next project, is to line up a series of regular 'events'. (I have one more already in the pipeline that I am excited about) If you would like to run one, let me know - either a regular reading group at a set time, or a discussion group based around a certain topic. Or maybe you would like to deliver a lecture in Latin, and then open it up for discussion afterwards? We can advertise the time of your lecture in advance, and then send out a notification shortly before it begins - like an opera house bell!

Meet-ups should be announced in the Eventum section on the Schoa main page, so you can avoid time table clashes. It is also possible to open sub-rooms in the chatroom, should things ever get too crowded, or if you want a private-ish chat.

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Comment by Laura Gibbs on December 29, 2009 at 10:33am
This is really exciting, Evan! What I liked so much about doing the Comenius reading with you yesterday was that everybody read so slowly, and we had the text available to us, so I was able to get much more out of it by reading, listening, speaking and thinking, in tandem with others. It was a real pleasure, and I hope people will also enjoy reading the Dialogi Sacri and passages from the Vulgate Bible - plus, the more of these dialogi that I transcribe, the more impressed I am at how productive it is to read both the dialogus and the Vulgate passage; reading them both, a wonderful dramatic picture emerges of the Biblical story. I am so glad you found that wonderful book online!!! :-)
Here are the four dialogi I have done so far:
Adamus, Cainus (disappointing compared to the others), Abrahamus, Lotus
Comment by Latinum Institute on December 29, 2009 at 10:45am
What would also work well on Schola,is a poetry reading class - this is something I myself need help with - and a regular class where we try to read various types of poetry in Latin, getting real-time correction, and also being able to discuss the poems as well. Finding someone who has time, and the spoken Latin skill, might prove tricky, but I think I know who can do it.
Comment by Laura Gibbs on December 29, 2009 at 11:04am
That's something I'll shy away from: even more than pronunciation, the wars about how to read poetry are INTENSE. I read it in the sing-song way, always have, and always will... and I enjoy listening to it read that way, too. It's definitely out of fashion, though - and I have gotten so much grief about it from people that I don't even make audio recordings of poetry anymore. So now I just prep materials for people to read in their own way, without - Deus vetet - offending their ears with my way of reading.

Have you seen my color coding method for doing iambic poetry? I am so happy with this - it is the first system for marking up iambic verse that I think is really easy and un-intimidating. And I've got hundreds of iambic fables yet to come, thanks to Desbillons, among others!
(for each poem there is a version with macrons, a prose version with macrons, a prose version with stress marks, and then the color-coded meter, with colors used to mark any non-disyllabic element)
Comment by Raphaela on December 30, 2009 at 8:58am
Is the text of Schola Ludus available online anywhere?
Comment by Latinum Institute on December 30, 2009 at 9:07am


Using google images is useful when reading the sections on plants and animals - entering the Latin name pulls up pictures of the plants Comenius is talking about.
Comment by Raphaela on December 30, 2009 at 11:35am


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