For the moment however, I'm mostly reading my primary sources and starting to draw up a bibliography in preparation for one of the assignments I have later in the semester. It is heavy going, but I met with Rick today and it's no longer seeming as difficult or daunting as it was before. We discussed the beginning of the semester and what was coming up and I threw around a few ideas for my individual study unit that's coming up in semester two. My best idea at the moment concerns a sort of prologue to my thesis in that I want to look at the Jews and how the Romans treated/perceived them and vice versa. This might change with time, but it's the idea I like best at the moment, as it is closely linked to my topic and wouldn't require too much further research. Also, I think I could easily write 10,000 words on it (it's a rich history, to be certain, beginning with Pompey's conquering Jerusalem, so....).
There are about thirteen students in my research methodology class, counting myself. Of those, there are three others who are doing Christianity-related topics for their honours or masters. Two of them I knew from other religion classes and one of those has Rick for a supervisor as well. It was only the introductory class this afternoon, but it was still beneficial. I got thinking about a plan of action for the semester and how I was going to do assignments and get drafts to Rick. To a lesser extent, I also started thinking about how my thesis will be put together in regards to the different areas in my topic. So all in all, a fruitful day.
I ended up going to see my former Latin lecturer Tom today as well, since he'd been on sabbatical for the duration of semester two last year and I felt that I had to come and say hello. He was pleased to see me and managed to get me a contact e-mail for one of the classics postgrads who I need to see re: some information she could give me for my thesis (she was studying Tertullian and Paul's epistles from what I remember). After lunch, I translated one of Augustine's epistles and decided that I was going to do that at least once a week, so I don't lose the language (somewhere in the recesses of my mind, I see returning myself to Rome to study Latin under the legendary Latinist Reggie Foster) and can adapt to the Latin of the early church (Vulgar Latin, I believe it is termed).
How horribly boring this must seem to most of you. Ah, well. Judi, when are we going to hear more about your classes?! I told Tom today about that ANU academic who seemed to be the president of Caillan's fan club and he knew exactly who she was. XD