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 should have read all Familia Romana and the first ten chapters of Roma aeterna. This year, the Scholae aestivae also offer a course in Greek, for which see below.
Our goal is to improve your Latin, by putting you directly in contact, as it were, with classics of every age, who will also be carefully analysed and discussed.
This will be a numerus clausus course: the maximum number of participants will be 35.
Lessons will be entirely in Latin. It is therefore desirable (though not strictly necessary) that participants should be able, at least to a certain extent, to use the language actively.
Our seven teachers will propose passages taken from various Latin authors – ancient, medieval and modern. We shall also do many and various exercises, both written and oral.
Participants will very often 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.
We will give lessons on various subjects (e. g. Latin composition, phonetics, syntax, palaeography, art history, philosophy, etc.) We also intend to organise 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.
As we said, this year an important novelty will be a full course in Greek, both written and oral, from the 3rd to the 7th and from the 24th to the 28th of July. Of course, Greek will be taught by an active method, too. There will be three levels: elementary, intermediate and advanced.
There will be about 120 hours of classes in total.