We're delighted to announce the publication of a new Latin course and storybook, Telling Tales in Latin!
Telling Tales in Latin infuses learning Latin with the magic of storytelling. Narrated by the chatty and imaginative Roman poet Ovid, this brand new kind of Latin course takes the reader on a journey through some of the most wonderful tales from the Metamorphoses. Along the way, readers pick up Latin words and grammar and are encouraged to explore the connections between Latin and English, and the ways in which Ovid's stories still speak to us today. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this Latin course reads like a story book, and as such, will appeal to a wide range of learners. It also contains the necessary vocabulary and grammar needed for the OCR Entry Level Latin qualification, so readers and schools can use this as the only Latin course geared towards this qualification.
Every chapter introduces the reader to a much-loved story from Ovid's poem, encouraging him/her to start reading Latin which is adapted from the original text straightaway. It leads readers through the story, encouraging connections to be made between English and Latin words, and exploring new aspects of grammar in a playful but clear way. Each chapter ends with suggestions for activities, as well as ways in which the story can be explored from literary and creative perspectives. Emphasis is placed upon thinking about the resonance and universal appeal of mythical stories, and identifying why these stories developed. The book also encourages readers to think about the many ways in which the stories connect to modern ideas and features ranging from scientific advances to climate change and caring for the planet! Alongside all these cross-curricular connections, there is a continual focus on literacy and language.
A free teacher's guide will be available to download in the summer from the Iris website.
Telling Tales in Latin is written by Dr Lorna Robinson, with illustrations by Soham De. Advice on Latin text provided by Dr Evelien Bracke.
ISBN 9780285641792 £10, illustrated in colour throughout
Also available as an ebook
You can read a review of the book at http://www.theclassicslibrary.com/2013/06/05/telling-tales-in-latin-lorna-robinson-a-review/
Iota is a Classics magazine produced by The Iris Project for younger children (ages 8+). It introduces Classics and Latin in a fun, informative and engaging way, and its content is designed and written to fit in with the key stage two material on the ancient Greeks and Romans.
There are three editions published per year - one for each school term - and every issue is themed around a different Classical myth. Through five exciting sections, children can learn about the way Romans and Greeks lived, as well as being introduced to the Latin language through activities and games. There are regular competitions, and a cut-out myth match card game amongst many other fun and stimulating aspects of the magazines.
Ordering and back issue information can be found here.
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Iris Resources for teachers and students
Welcome to Iris's resources page. Here you can find a range of teaching and educational material to use in curriculum lessons, workshops, and clubs. All our resources are free for anyone to use, although we would appreciate if you would acknowledge they are Iris Project materials. We are of course also grateful for donations (see support page for details).
Iris online is The Iris Project's outreach web presence, and the new home for Iris magazine. It contains a broad and eclectic range of material, including artwork, fiction, case studies, reviews, outreach ideas and articles on a wide variety of Classical topics and authors, presented in a fresh, modern and engaging style. It can be found here.
Iris online started life in 2006 as Iris magazine, a new Classics magazine which aimed to present Classical topics in a fun, accessible, light-hearted, modern and unusual way. The first issue featured articles such as the academic Dylan Evan's quest to re-establish Plato's Academy, a mock report on the ancient Olympian messenger system, a look at the prevalence of melting women in Ovid, amongst others. Later issues have included an article by Sarah Annes Brown on modern re-interpretations of the Classics, a piece on the more gruesome elements of ancient medicine by Professor Helen King and interviews with prominent Classicists.
As well as serious articles by enthusiasts and academics on Classical topics, the magazine set out to have a quirky and gently irreverent approach to the ancient world, and therefore included a fashion page, quizzes, a myth debunk page, advice from ancient deities and even a soap-opera inspired by the BBC's Life on Mars series.
The magazine moved to an online home in October 2011, after sixteen editions had been published. All 16 editions of the magazine can be ordered through the site, and full details of back issue content can be found here.
The editor can be contacted through this site, and welcomes all enquiries, submissions and responses; she is also happy to provide feedback at any stage for material.
An annual edition has now replaced the original termly format, details of which can be found by clicking the magazine cover image on the right side panel of this site.