Quod […] munus rei publicae afferre maius meliusve possumus
quam si docemus atque erudimus iuventutem?
Cicero, De divinatione, II, 2, 4.
Our goal is to promote and spread the study and knowledge of the Latin and Greek languages and literatures. Latin and Greek are not only ancient languages: they have a very long history, from ancient times to the present. Latin, in particular, is Cicero’s and Virgil’s language, of course; but it is also the language of saint Augustine and saint Thomas Aquinas, Petrarch and Erasmus, Descartes and Linnaeus, and is still in use nowadays, for example, in canon law and classical scholarship. Neither is it only a European language: the first news about China, Japan and the Americas came to Europe in Latin.
The classical languages allow us to travel in space and time, and to acquire a critical awareness of our own time, and at the same time of the two distinctive features of human nature: ratio and oratio, or, to use a single Greek word that includes the meanings of both, lógos. To achieve this goal of ours, in addition to our long-distance lessons (scholae per Rete), we offer summer courses (scholae in Italia), in both Latin and Greek (language and literature) and in pedagogy of the classical languages. We are also willing (provided a sufficient number of people are interested) to send our teachers to give courses outside of Italy (scholae ubique). Finally, we organize seminars on the above topics throughout the year, as well as guided tours to the ancient Roman and Greek monuments of Italy, with explanations and readings of classics, entirely in Latin.