Scholae de litteris latinis: courses on ancient, medieval and humanistic Latin literature

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

In January we’ll continue our series of courses of Latin and Greek. They’ll be followed by other courses courses in April.
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);
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);
Greek language: elementary (A2) and intermediate level (B1).

How to apply
The applications will close no later than January the 2nd, 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 2023), all those who have taken part in at least one course held from October to December 2022, and all those who are under 21 years of age at the time of registration, will receive a discount of 10%. The discounts are not combinable.

ANCIENT LATIN LITERATURE

In January we’ll offer the same ancient Latin literature course of last year.
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 24th of January to the 28th of March (ten 75-minute lessons: one per week).

All lessons will be held on Zoom, every Tuesday: 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 two or more of our courses (for the period Janauary-March 2023), all those who have taken part in at least one course held from October to December 2022, and all those who are under 21 years of age at the time of registration, will receive a discount of 10%. The discounts are not combinable.

How to apply
The applications will close no later than January the 2nd, 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 and C2)
Maximum number of participants per group: 10
Date of beginning: the 24th of January
Duration of the course: 10 75-minute lessons, every Tuesday for 10 weeks
Teacher: Roberto Carfagni
Cost of the course: 175 euros

MEDIEVAL LATIN LITERATURE

In this course on medieval Latin literature, we’ll focus on the medieval Latin drama, and particularly the masterpieces written between the 10th and the 13th century.
With the help of the teacher, the students will read, comment on, and discuss selected passages from the major dramatic works of the period, from the comedies of Roswitha (10th century) to various liturgical, spiritual and secular dramas written and performed in the 13th century.

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 16th of January to the 20th of March (ten 75-minute lessons: one per week).

All lessons will be held on Zoom, every Monday: they will begin at 7:15 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.
With the help of the teacher, the studentes will read, comment on, and discuss selected passages from the major dramatic works of the period, from the comedies of Roswitha (10th century) to various liturgical, spiritual and secular dramas written and performed in the 13th century.

Teacher
The teacher will be Mr
Jiří A. Čepelák.

Cost of the course
The course costs 175 euros. 

All those who register for two or more of our courses (for the period January-March 2023), all those who have taken part in at least one course held from October to December 2022, and all those who are under 21 years of age at the time of registration, will receive a discount of 10%. The discounts are not combinable.

How to apply
The applications will close no later than January the 2nd, 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 16th of January
Duration of the course: 10 75-minute lessons, every Monday for 10 weeks
Teacher: Jiří A. Čepelák
Cost of the course: 175 euros

LATIN LITERATURE OF THE RENAISSANCE

This course is dedicated to Renaissance education. We’ll see and discuss what humanist authors, such as Petrarch, Erasmus, Melanchthon, thought about methods of education and the education of women, how they taught themselves and what difficulties they experienced in teaching. We’ll consider the question from different points of view, and read serious treatises and sophisticated debates, as well as jokes and complaints, which express the teachers’ desperation.

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 Thursday: 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:

– A. Willemsen, Back to the schoolyard. The daily practice of medieval and Renaissance education, 2008;
The Cambridge companion to Renaissance Humanism, ed. J. Kraye, 1996;
– J. Gibson, Educating for silence. Renaissance women and the language arts, in «Hypatia», vol. 4, no. 1 (The history of women in philosophy, spring 1989), p. 9-17;
– Ph. Melanchthon, Über die Leiden der Lehrer, ed. C. Ritter, 2015;
– F. Wachinger, «De miseriis paedagogorum»: un’orazione del Melantone, in «Docere», vol. 1, no. 4 (September-October 2002), p. 41-63. The article can be read online here;
– F. Petrarch, Remedies for fortune fair and foul, ed. C. H. Rawski, 1991
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 Petrarch, Erasmus and Melanchthon.

Teacher
The teacher will be Natalija Čepeláková
.

Cost of the course
The course costs 175 euros. 

All those who register for two or more of our courses (for the period January-March 2023), all those who have taken part in at least one course held from October to December 2022, and all those who are under 21 years of age at the time of registration, will receive a discount of 10%. The discounts are not combinable.

How to apply
The applications will close no later than Janaury the 2nd, 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 Thursday for 10 weeks
Teacher: Natalija Čepeláková
Cost of the course: 175 euros

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