Scholae aestivae in Italia:
4th-25th July, 2018

Montella, et gelidi valete fontes,
et silvae, et nemora alta castanetis.
Tunc me frigoribus tuis tenebas,
Montella, alpigenum e choro sororum
una nobiliorque laetiorque,
cum Canis rapido aestuabat ore.

Janus Anysius
(Iani Anysii Varia poemata et satyrae,
ad Pompeium Columnam cardinalem
,
Naples 1531, f. 25 v. – 26 r.)

What are they, and whom are they for?
The Scholae aestivae in Italia offer an intensive Latin course at the advanced level, for those who already know the essential of grammar (morphology and syntax) and the about 3000 words that constitute the core vocabulary of the language: if you learn Latin with Lingua Latina per se illustrata, you must have read all Familia Romana and the first ten chapters of Roma aeterna.
This will be a numerus clausus course: the maximum number of participants will be 25.
Lessons will be entirely in Latin.
In consideration of the great success of our 2017 summer course (see the video below), we have decided that the 2018 Scholae aestivae will last longer – three weeks, which will be devoted to reading and discussing ancient, medieval and early modern (Renaissance) texts respectively.
Our teachers (four or five) will propose passages taken from various Latin authors – ancient, medieval and modern, as we said. Our goal is to help you to learn, and improve your Latin, by reading these texts and by doing many and various exercises, both written and oral. Participants will sometimes be divided into smaller groups, both in order to allow our teachers to better meet the needs of individual learners and in order to let you take part in our seminars: during the afternoons, we will give lessons on various subjects (didactics, palaeography, phonetics and prosody, etc.), provided that a sufficient number of participants are interested (at any rate, attendance is not compulsory for anybody, of course!) We also intend to organize the staging of one or more dramatic works, by authors of any period; and we are open to any other suggestion, as long as it is supported by a sufficient number of participants.
There will be about 110 hours of classes in total.

Here is the schedule of a typical day (but some changes are possible, of course):
8: breakfast;
9 – 10:15: lessons;
10:15 – 10:30: coffee break;
10:30 – 11.30: lessons;
11:30 – 11:45: coffee break;
11:45 – 12:45: lessons;
13 – 16: lunch and free time;
16 – 17: lessons;
17 – 17:20: coffee break;
17:20 – 18:20: lessons;
18:20 – 20:15: free time;
20.15: dinner.

Excursions
We shall also make six excursions to places of historical and cultural interest: three to close and three to less close places.
As for the close places: we shall visit one a week, and they will be abbeys or other medieval monuments, of which there are many in the Montella area (see the images below).
In addition to this, we shall make day trips – again, one a week – to, respectively: Baiae, Cumae (where we will see the cave of the Sibyl) and Pozzuoli (where we shall visit the famous amphitheatre); Naples, where in the National Archaeological Museum we will be able to contemplate, among other things, the wonderful Farnese collection and the many works of art which were found in Pompeii (we shall also have lunch in a typical and very well-known pizza restaurant); Caserta, where Vanvitelli’s royal palace stands. See some images below.
We shall read together some relevant passages from authors of various ages, in order to hear the voice of classical writers, as it were, where their echo is stronger.

Where? When?
Participants are expected and will be welcomed on the afternoon of July the 4th; departure is set for the morning of the 25th of July. Classes will run from the 5th to the 24th of July.
The course will take place in Montella, a town in Campania about an hour’s drive from Naples and about three hours’ drive from Rome.
Montella is a peaceful and pretty mountain town, surrounded by woods and rich in history and tradition.  

How to reach us
You can get to Montella by car or by bus. Buses leave from Rome to Montella every day: some of them have no intermediate stops, some stop at Avellino, where you will have to change buses for Montella. Buses also leave daily from Naples and Salerno to Avellino: once you are at Avellino, you will have to change buses for Montella.
If you like, we can send a car to Avellino to pick you up. You can get to Avellino from many other Italian cities, by bus or by train.
If a sufficient number of participants asks for it, we shall rent a private bus, which will take you from Naples airport to Montella.

Location, accommodation and meals
The course will take place in the De Marco palace, an elegant building of the beginning of the 20th century, which stands in the park of the same name – in the centre of Montella (see the video above, which is intended to promote last year’s courses).
Participants will take their meals and sleep at the Zia Carmela (“Aunt Carmela”) three-star hotel, around 100 metres from the De Marco palace. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool. Accommodation consists of a double room, with an en-suite bathroom and internet connection. For single rooms a supplement will apply.

How to register and how to pay
Registration closes on May the 20th. However, it might be closed before, as soon as the maximum number is reached: so hurry up!
To register for the Scholae Latinae, please complete and send this form, and send a deposit by bank transfer, according to the option chosen (see below).
Registration is only valid upon receipt of the deposit.
– Option A (all inclusive): participation in the course for three weeks, meals, coffee breaks and accommodation as described above (double room), didactic material and excursions: 2030 euros per person; deposit: 1000 euros.
– Option B (all inclusive, two weeks): participation in the course for two weeks, meals, coffee breaks and accommodation as described above (double room), didactic material and excursions: 1380 euros per person; deposit: 660 euros.
– Option C (all inclusive, one week): participation in the course for one week, meals, coffee breaks and accommodation as described above (double room), didactic material and excursions: 710 euros per person; deposit: 300 euros.
– Option D (lessons only, one week): participation in the course for one week, coffee breaks and didactic material (the excursions are not included): 340 euros per person; deposit: 190 euros.

If you come from one of the euro countries, please pay the deposit, by bank transfer, to:
Bank: FinecoBank s.p.a.
Account holder: Roberto Carfagni
Account holder address: via Sorbo, 70, 83048 Montella (AV), Italy
IBAN: IT36P0301503200000002897607
BIC (SWIFT): FEBIITM1XXX
Reason for payment: “your name and surname + ‘Summer Latin course, 2018’”.

If you do not come from one of the euro countries, please pay the deposit, by bank transfer, to:
Bank: UniCredit s.p.a.
Account holder: Roberto Carfagni
Account holder address: via Sorbo, 70, 83048 Montella (AV), Italy
IBAN: IT36P0301503200000002897607
BIC (SWIFT): UNCRITMMXXX
Reason for payment: “your name and surname + ‘Summer Latin course, 2018’”.

Should you have any doubts or need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

About us
The two videos below – one shorter and one longer – contain the voices and the testimonies of some of those who took part in our courses.