My first week in Manchester was welcome week, which helps to ease new students such as myself into university life (albeit, a slightly surreal version of it). Already I've seen some rather drunk friends, a few serious injuries, and more bars than you could shake a fasces at. It's certainly been a good time, but it's also been incredibly exhausting. I've also joined a fair number of societies, but the ones which are actually relevant here are the Classics and Ancient History Society and the Re-enactment Society (and Pirate society, naturally) - all of which I'll certainly be talking more about at some point in the future. As part of my welcome week, there was a Classical languages introductory day, which was probably the toughest day of the week. In the morning there was a diagnostic assessment (read as 'extremely tough exam') to see if I could study advanced Latin - I can - although the afternoon was far more enjoyable and was spent looking at some fascinating Roman inscriptions.
Even though I've been quiet on here for a bit, I do have some articles coming up soon, including one on Cicero's (supposed) views on university, and the next part of the conquest of Britain series - so keep an eye out for those. In the meantime, thank you for reading, and feel free to leave a comment below, in particular if you've just found the blog from the link I posted on the society's Facebook page. Welcome to Qui Bono!