Scholae de litteris latinis: courses on ancient, medieval and humanistic Latin literature (and classical iconography)

Non […] tam praeclarum est scire Latine quam turpe nescire.
Cicero, Brutus, 140.

In January we’ll begin our series of courses of Latin (and two of Greek). They’ll be followed by other courses in Abril.
For now, you can register for the following courses (which have a limited number of participants):
Latin language: elementary (A1, A2), intermediate (B1, B2) and advanced level (C1);
Latin composition: for students at advanced level (C1 or C2);
Latin paleography: for students at advanced level (C1 or C2);
Ancient Latin literature: for students at advanced level (C1 or C2);
Medieval Latin literature: for students at advanced level (C1 or C2);
Latin literature of the Renaissance: for students at advanced level (C1 or C2);
Classical iconography: for students at advanced level (C1 or C2);
Greek language: beginner level (A1, A2).

How to apply
The applications will close no later than January the 6th, but they might close even earlier if the maximum number of applicants is reached. So apply sooner rather than later!
To apply you must fill out the form at the bottom of the page. Upon receiving the application, you’ll be provided all the details needed to make the bank transfer.
The application will be valid the moment the deposit is received, provided this happens within ten days after the form is sent.
All those who register for two or more of the courses above (for the period January-March 2022), and all those who have taken part in at least one course held from October to December 2021, will receive a discount of 10%.

ANCIENT LATIN LITERATURE

This course will deal with the Latin poetry of the I century before Christ. The participants will read chosen passages from Catullus, Lucretius, Virgil and Ovid, and will study the main themes of their poetry, and particularly the theme of love, which is common to them all, though with obvious differences among them.

A course tailored for you
The course will be entirely in Latin: participants will listen, speak, read and write.

An advanced knowledge of the Latin language is required.
We want everybody to take an active part in our lessons; that’s why, each group will be composed of no more than ten participants.

Dates of the course
The course will be held from the 12th of January to the 16th of March (ten 75-minute lessons: one per week).

All lessons will be held on Zoom, every Wednesday: they will begin at 5:40 p. m., Rome time (UTC + 1).
Should you be unable to attend a lesson, the Schola Latina will be glad to provide you with a video recording.
To help participants to meet and make friends, we’ll form some groups on Whatsapp or similar programmes.

Teaching material and course programme
For a general idea of Latin poetry of the I century before Christ, any book currently in print will work. But if you would prefer to stay within the language of Rome, you can consult these books written in Latin, which, however dated, are still for the most part accurate, and are furthemore good examples of quality Latin prose.

– Vallauri, T.: Historia critica litterarum Latinarum, Augustae Taurinorum, ex officina Asceterii Salesiani, 18728.
– De Rosa, E.: De litteris Latinis commentarii ad criticam artis rationem exacti, locis quibusdam retractatis et locupletatis, iterum imprimuntur, Panormi, apud Academicam officinam typographicam Servorum pauperum, 19482.
– Mamone, G.: Latinarum litterarum historiae, Signorelli, Milano, 1951.
During the course the students will read chosen passages from Catullus, Lucretius, Virgil and Ovid.

Teacher
The teacher will be Mr
Roberto Carfagni.

Cost of the course
The course costs 175 euros.

All those who register for at least two of our courses (for the period January-March 2022), and all those who have taken part in at least one course held from October to December 2021, will receive a discount of 10%.

How to apply
The applications will close no later than January the 6th, but they might even close before that deadline, if the maximum number of applicants is reached. So apply sooner rather than later!

To apply, it is required to fill out the form at the bottom of the page. Upon receiving the application, you will be provided all details needed to make the bank transfer.
The application will be kept valid the moment the deposit is received, provided this happens within ten days after the sending of the form.

In short:
Language of the course: Latin

Level of knowledge of the language: advanced (C1 or C2)
Maximum number of participants per group: 10
Date of beginning: the 12th of January
Duration of the course: 10 75-minute lessons, every Wednesday for 10 weeks
Teacher: Roberto Carfagni
Cost of the course: 175 euros

MEDIEVAL LATIN LITERATURE

In this second course on medieval Latin literature we’ll read the literary testimonies of the VIII-XI centuries.

A course tailored for you
The course will be entirely in Latin: participants will listen, speak, read and write.

An advanced knowledge of the Latin language is required.
We want everybody to take an active part in our lessons; that’s why, each group will be composed of no more than ten participants.

Dates of the course
The course will be held from the 19th of January to the 23rd of March (ten 75-minute lessons: one per week).

All lessons will be held on Zoom, every Wednesday: they will begin at 7:30 p. m., Rome time (UTC + 1).
Should you be unable to attend a lesson, the Schola Latina will be glad to provide you with a video recording.
To help participants to meet and make friends, we’ll form some groups on Whatsapp or similar programmes.

Teaching material and course programme
There aren’t many histories of medieval Latin literature, in Latin or in another language, to be found and consulted for free on the Internet.

By way of example we’ll list just a few books, then, that handle the chief medieval authors: some of these have been translated into other languages.
– Curtius, Ernst Robert: Europäische Literatur und lateinisches Mittelalter, Tübingen und Basel, Francke Verlag, 19481.
– D’Angelo, Edoardo: Storia della letteratura mediolatina, Montella, Accademia Vivarium novum, 20041.
– Harrington, K. P.: Medieval Latin, Chicago-London, The University of Chicago Press, 19622.
– Leonardi, Claudio et al.: Letteratura latina medievale (secoli VI-XV), Firenze, Sismel-Edizioni del Galluzzo, 20021.
In any case, whatever book is found in print can work.
During the lessons, we will read and comment on passages, which will be provided by the teacher, from the major authors of the period, such as Paul the Deacon, Alcuin of York, Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim, Walafrid Strabo, Liutprand de Cremona, Hildebert of Lavardin, etc.

Teacher
The teacher will be Mr
Jiří A. Čepelák.

Cost of the course
The course costs 175 euros. 

All those who register for at least two of our courses (for the period January-March 2022), and all those who have taken part in at least one course held from October to December 2021, will receive a discount of 10%.

How to apply
The applications will close no later than January the 6th, but they might even close before that deadline, if the maximum number of applicants is reached. So apply sooner rather than later!

To apply, it is required to fill out the form at the bottom of the page. Upon receiving the application, you will be provided all details needed to make the bank transfer.
The application will be kept valid the moment the deposit is received, provided this happens within ten days after the sending of the form.

In short:
Language of the course: Latin

Level of knowledge of the language: advanced (C1 or C2)
Maximum number of participants per group: 10
Date of beginning: the 19th of January
Duration of the course: 10 75-minute lessons, every Wednesday for 10 weeks
Teacher: Jiří A. Čepelák
Cost of the course: 175 euros

LATIN LITERATURE OF THE RENAISSANCE

This is the first in a series of courses on the Latin literature in the age of Humanism and Renaissance. Accordingly, following a chronological order, we will tackle the first two centuries (or so) of this transformational epoch, starting from the literary testimonies of the 14th and 15th centuries. By reading selected passages written by the most representative authors of the time, participants will learn about some of the specific features of humanist Latin language and literature.

A course tailored for you
The course will be entirely in Latin: participants will listen, speak, read and write.

An advanced knowledge of the Latin language is required.
We want everybody to take an active part in our lessons; that’s why, each group will be composed of no more than ten participants.

Dates of the course
The course will be held from the 17th of January to the 21th of March (ten 75-minute lessons: one per week).

All lessons will be held on Zoom, every Monday: they will begin at 7 p. m., Rome time (UTC + 1).
Should you be unable to attend a lesson, the Schola Latina will be glad to provide you with a video recording.
To help participants to meet and make friends, we’ll form some groups on Whatsapp or similar programmes.

Teaching material and course programme
To this day, not many histories of Latin literature – written either in Latin or other languages – are available, which deal specifically and solely with humanistic and Renaissance literature, actually separating it from the periods that precede and follow. At any rate, some information on literary historiography for this period – very useful even if not organized in the format of a manual, but rather of an essay or book chapter – can be found, for example, in the following publications:

– L. D. Reynolds – N. G. Wilson, Scribes and scholars: a guide to the transmission of Greek and Latin literature, Oxford University Press, 2014 (4th edition) (Ch. 4, The Renaissance);
– M. Berté, M. Petoletti, Medieval and humanistic philology, il Mulino, 2017;
– E. Garin, “The literature of the humanists”, in Italian literature Garzanti, dirr. E. Cecchi-N. Sapegno, vol. III;
‒ E. Garin, Prosatori latini del Quattrocento, Riccardo Ricciardi editore, 1952.

Further bibliography will be provided by the teacher.
During the lessons we will read and comment on passages, which will be provided by the teacher, written by some of the major authors of the time, such as Francesco Petrarca, Giovanni Boccaccio, Coluccio Salutati, Poggio Bracciolini, Leon Battista Alberti, Lorenzo Valla, Poliziano, etc.

Teacher
The teacher will be Miss Ambra Marzocchi
.

Cost of the course
The course costs 175 euros. 

All those who register for at least two of our courses (for the period January-March 2022), and all those who have taken part in at least one course held from October to December 2021, will receive a discount of 10%.

How to apply
The applications will close no later than January the 6th, but they might even close before that deadline, if the maximum number of applicants is reached. So apply sooner rather than later!

To apply, it is required to fill out the form at the bottom of the page. Upon receiving the application, you will be provided all details needed to make the bank transfer.
The application will be kept valid the moment the deposit is received, provided this happens within ten days after the sending of the form.

In short:
Language of the course: Latin

Level of knowledge of the language: advanced (C1 or C2)
Maximum number of participants per group: 10
Date of beginning: the 17th of January
Duration of the course: 10 75-minute lessons, every Monday for 10 weeks
Teacher: Ambra Marzocchi
Cost of the course: 175 euros

CLASSICAL ICONOGRAPHY

The objective of the course is to get the participants started on their understanding of Western artwork, achieved through the identification and study of the most important motifs of ancient mythology.

A course tailored for you
The course will be entirely in Latin: participants will listen, speak, read and write.

An advanced knowledge of the Latin language is required.
We want everybody to take an active part in our lessons; that’s why, each group will be composed of no more than ten participants.

Dates of the course
The course will be held from the 14th of January to the 18th of March (ten 75-minute lessons: one per week).

All lessons will be held on Zoom, every Friday: they will begin at 7 p. m., Rome time (UTC + 1).
Should you be unable to attend a lesson, the Schola Latina will be glad to provide you with a video recording.
To help participants to meet and make friends, we’ll form some groups on Whatsapp or similar programmes.

Teaching material and course programme
We’ll begin with the representation of the first gods of Greek mythology, the Olympians, the Gigantomachy, the heroes, the underworld deities, and the loves of Jupiter; then we’ll move to the best-known motifs of Greek and Roman history, which we’ll find both in painting and in sculpture. Especial attention will be given to the cycle of Troy and Aeneas, along with the representation of some philosophers and poets who have been consecrated by the Western artistic tradition: Heraclitus, Democritus, Seneca, Plato, Socrates, Sappho, Virgil, Homer, and Cicero.
Our method will be chiefy visual, but now and then we’ll refer to literary passages. As it’ll be an essentially practical course, emphasis will be put on the identification of the characters and myths and narrations, as well as on the technical description of the artworks.
For those wishing to know more, we recommend reading the following textbooks, though they aren’t necessary to take part in the course. Other useful material will be provided by the teacher during the lessons.
‒ Seznec, Jean, The survival of the pagan gods: the mythological tradition and its place in Renaissance humanism and art, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1953.

‒ Hall, James, Dictionary of subjects and symbols in art, New York-London, Icon Editions-Harpers & Row Publishers, 1974.
‒ Vernant, Jean-Pierre, Mythe et religion en Grèce ancienne, Paris, Éditions du Seuil, 1987.
‒ Aghion, I., Barbillon, C., Lissarrague, F., Gods and heroes of classical antiquity, Paris, Flammarion, 1996.
‒ Buxton, Richard, The complete world of Greek mythology, London, Thames & Hudson, 2004.

Teacher
The teacher will be Mr
Eduardo Arturo Flores Miranda.

Cost of the course
The course costs 175 euros. 

All those who register for at least two of our courses (for the period January-March 2022), and all those who have taken part in at least one course held from October to December 2021, will receive a discount of 10%.

How to apply
The applications will close no later than January the 6th, but they might even close before that deadline, if the maximum number of applicants is reached. So apply sooner rather than later!

To apply, it is required to fill out the form at the bottom of the page. Upon receiving the application, you will be provided all details needed to make the bank transfer.
The application will be kept valid the moment the deposit is received, provided this happens within ten days after the sending of the form.

In short:
Language of the course: Latin

Level of knowledge of the language: advanced (C1 or C2)
Maximum number of participants per group: 10
Date of beginning: the 14th of January
Duration of the course: 10 75-minute lessons, every Friday for 10 weeks
Teacher: Eduardo Arturo Flores Miranda
Cost of the course: 175 euros

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