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    (Original post by LuxVeritatis)
    I do both Ancient Greek and Latin too, and the unseen verses were both testing :P

    How many people go to a state school or a private school? I think it's interesting to see what the divide is like for a subject which has seemingly become the preserve of the independent sector. Personally I go to a state school.
    Go to a state school and did go to a private school. There are only 4 of us who do it, and the college started especially for us!
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    This is the problem with having passages here and there fro a classical text. You just don't know whats going on!!! Arghhhhh why on earth do we even need to know about Claudius Timarchus!!! or Thrasea Paetus!!! It doesn't make sense!
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    (Original post by joereed)
    This is the problem with having passages here and there fro a classical text. You just don't know whats going on!!! Arghhhhh why on earth do we even need to know about Claudius Timarchus!!! or Thrasea Paetus!!! It doesn't make sense!
    Our teacher told us he was called paetus thrasea?! Is it actually the other way around?


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    Our teacher told us he was called paetus thrasea?! Is it actually the other way around?


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    His name is Thrasea Paetus, I think, but it is reversed in Tacitus for variety and style, similar to the use in the works of Cicero.
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    Right Latinists, I had a chat to my teacher about the pointless bits in the Tacitus and he said that Paetus was a really well known and respected senator, and so Tacitus talks about him to back up his kind of 'problems' with Nero.. basically Tacitus and Paetus are buddies that just ***** about Nero.
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    Right Latinists, I had a chat to my teacher about the pointless bits in the Tacitus and he said that Paetus was a really well known and respected senator, and so Tacitus talks about him to back up his kind of 'problems' with Nero.. basically Tacitus and Paetus are buddies that just ***** about Nero.
    That's quite helpful actually thanks His speech just doesn't make sense though, as in what relevance has it to anything? I get now that he is *****ing about Nero, but in a roundabout way of doing it!
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    (Original post by joereed)
    That's quite helpful actually thanks His speech just doesn't make sense though, as in what relevance has it to anything? I get now that he is *****ing about Nero, but in a roundabout way of doing it!
    I agree the speech itself doesn't make sense, but at least we know now why it's in there at all!
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    (Original post by tatters)
    I agree the speech itself doesn't make sense, but at least we know now why it's in there at all!
    Going on about all this Tacitus, I've done practically no language work!
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    (Original post by joereed)
    Going on about all this Tacitus, I've done practically no language work!
    I've spent the last hour doing prose composition but no Tacitus yet! Aaah starting to get more and more nervous about this exam
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    (Original post by LuxVeritatis)
    I do both Ancient Greek and Latin too, and the unseen verses were both testing :P

    How many people go to a state school or a private school? I think it's interesting to see what the divide is like for a subject which has seemingly become the preserve of the independent sector. Personally I go to a state school.
    Ah poor you.. Unseen Greek must be awful :P GCSE prepared was bad enough haha. Private school but not many people do A-Level Latin so we have joint lessons with the guy's grammar school on campus.

    (Original post by tatters)
    Sorry I caved and went to bed :P yeah to be honest I'm actually looking forward to prose composition, I find it really satisfying and logical.. Not looking forward to the set text at all though, I barely understand what's happening.
    Haha yeah as long as there isn't some crap like conditionals in indirect speech... Have you tried the prose comp specimen passage? It's rubbish, so short, could barely get any style in :/ aww you're doing Tacitus, right? Sallust is ok for us, just him yakking on about a conspiracy haha.
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    (Original post by tatters)
    I've spent the last hour doing prose composition but no Tacitus yet! Aaah starting to get more and more nervous about this exam
    Is prose composition hard? I have almost given up on Latin, feels like nothing is sinking in!
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    (Original post by ohmygosh)
    Could anybody give me some bullet points about what is most important to keep in mind/learn for Sallust's Bellum Catilinae? What are the examiners really looking for, and does anyone have any predictions about which sections may come up/possible questions? Thanks, this exam is worrying me so much
    Had a chat with other people and the second question surely should be about Catiline's character and how he's presented? Since it is the first year this author has been set...

    And I'm thinking maybe how he makes a certain part vivid or the speech persuasive I'm going to look over those tomorrow, I think.
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    (Original post by joereed)
    Is prose composition hard? I have almost given up on Latin, feels like nothing is sinking in!
    I think it's very personal, I find it quite nice because I think it's logical and I enjoy making everything fit.. haha I sound like such a nerd! I suppose that's what happens when you take Latin a-level though.. :P the only difficult thing is remembering how to conjugate and decline EVERYTHING
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    (Original post by nikkinak)
    Haha yeah as long as there isn't some crap like conditionals in indirect speech... Have you tried the prose comp specimen passage? It's rubbish, so short, could barely get any style in :/ aww you're doing Tacitus, right? Sallust is ok for us, just him yakking on about a conspiracy haha.
    No we've been doing passages from a prose composition book by North & Hillard? It's quite good because they're a bit harder than what the exam will be
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    (Original post by tatters)
    No we've been doing passages from a prose composition book by North & Hillard? It's quite good because they're a bit harder than what the exam will be
    Oh right, I've heard that's an awesome prose comp book! That's really good then, our teacher has just been giving us lots of past paper passages to do, they seem alright actually I'm not sure what sort of vocab to learn though?
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    (Original post by nikkinak)
    Oh right, I've heard that's an awesome prose comp book! That's really good then, our teacher has just been giving us lots of past paper passages to do, they seem alright actually I'm not sure what sort of vocab to learn though?
    I have a few lists from my book if you want me to link them to you?
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    (Original post by nikkinak)
    Had a chat with other people and the second question surely should be about Catiline's character and how he's presented? Since it is the first year this author has been set...
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    Not necessarily, as there's no general question for the prose; it's two specifics- could be anything
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    (Original post by tatters)
    I have a few lists from my book if you want me to link them to you?
    That would be awesome if you could do so?

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    Not necessarily, as there's no general question for the prose; it's two specifics- could be anything
    I guess yeah but I think the really obvious choice has to be to do with Catiline's character - he's the main focus of the passages and Sallust makes it incredibly clear how bad he is. It's like with the verse, the really obvious second question would've been about Dido, since Book 4 is about her really. Except here they'd use a passage. I don't know, I just have a feeling... there are a good few passages that illustrate his character etc? I could see a question saying "explore how Sallust conveys Catiline's negative character here" :P
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    (Original post by nikkinak)
    That would be awesome if you could do so?
    Okay turns out I can only find one, sorry but it's something! not sure if this will work though.. https://owa.gordonstoun.org.uk/OWA/W...8560_131612684
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    (Original post by tatters)
    Okay turns out I can only find one, sorry but it's something! not sure if this will work though.. https://owa.gordonstoun.org.uk/OWA/W...8560_131612684
    Ah it asks me to sign into Outlook :/ don't worry about it, it's ok
 
 
 
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