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Our history

My name is Roberto Carfagni. I am from Montella, a town in the south of Italy, not far from Naples. I studied humanities first at Salerno University and then at the Istituto Orientale of Naples, where I received a master’s degree in classical and modern literature with a dissertation in Renaissance philosophy about the pedagogical ideals and the teaching practice of 15th century Italian humanists, earning a mark of 110/110 cum laude.

   My studies not only concern the ancient (Greek and Roman) world, but also encompass the modern age in all its aspects, as well as Renaissance Latin literature. Though I have a wide range of interests – including history, philosophy, literature and languages – my education is based on Latin and its teaching methods.

   I taught, in Latin, (ancient) Latin literature at the Accademia “Vivarium novum”, in Rome. I authored, or coauthored, a few books, including the Epitome historiae sacrae (2009: published in Italy by the Edizioni Accademia “Vivarium novum”, in the United States by Hackett Publishing Company and in Spain by culturaclasica.com) and the Nova exercitia Latina I. I helped to plan and organize two international Latin conferences: “Humanitas” (Naples, July 15 – 22, 2007) and “Litterarum vis” (Szeged – Budapest, July 23 – August 1, 2008).

   I also taught Latin in Spain, and took part, with lessons and lectures, in many conferences and seminars, in schools and universities, both in Europe and in America.

   I have also taught Latin and Latin literature through the Web since 2012.

   Over the years I have had students of all ages, from 12 to 60 years, and they all retain an excellent opinion of me. That is why some friends and I have decided to share our interests and skills and found the Schola Latina.