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

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

In April we’ll continue our series of courses of Latin (and three of Greek). They’ll be followed by other courses at the end of June and in October.
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);
Roman antiquities: for students at advanced level (C1 or C2);
Roman philosophy: for students at advanced level (C1 or C2);
Greek language: elementary (A1, A2) and intermediate level (B1).

How to apply
The applications will close no later than April the 3rd, 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 April-June 2022), and all those who have taken part in at least one course held from January to March 2022, will receive a discount of 10%.

ANCIENT LATIN LITERATURE

This course will deal with the Latin prose of the I century before Christ. The participants will read chosen passages from Caesar, Cicero, Sallust and, if there is time, Livy, and will discuss some of the themes dealt with by these authors: mores, humanitas, virtus, res publica.

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 20th of April to the 22nd of June (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 + 2).
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 prose 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 Caesar, Cicero, Sallust and Livy.

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 April-June 2022), and all those who have taken part in at least one course held from January to Marzh 2022, will receive a discount of 10%.

How to apply
The applications will close no later than April the 3rd, 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 20th of April
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 third course on medieval Latin literature we’ll read the literary testimonies of the XII 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 20th of April to the 22nd of June (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 + 2).
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 Archpoet, Peter Abelard, Walter of Châtillon, Alan of Lille, Bernard of Clairvaux, Hildegard of Bingen.

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 April-June 2022), and all those who have taken part in at least one course held from January to March 2022, will receive a discount of 10%.

How to apply
The applications will close no later than April the 3rd, 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 20th of April
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 second in a series of courses on the Latin literature in the age of Humanism and Renaissance.
By reading selected passages written by the most representative authors of the time (15th and 16th centuries), 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 25th of April to the 27th of June (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 + 2).
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 Angelo Poliziano, Marsilio Ficino, Janus Pannonius, Aldo Manuzio, Guillaume Budé, Luis Vives, Erasmus of Rotterdam, 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 April-June 2022), and all those who have taken part in at least one course held from January to March 2022, will receive a discount of 10%.

How to apply
The applications will close no later than April the 3rd, 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 25th of April
Duration of the course: 10 75-minute lessons, every Monday for 10 weeks
Teacher: Ambra Marzocchi
Cost of the course: 175 euros

ROMAN PHILOSOPHY

The course will entail not just the straightforward reading of passages from the chief Roman philosophers and other authors, but also, more specifically, the contemplation of the most important questions posed by Roman philosophy. It looks to answer an essential question — is there a distinctively Roman system of thought? How do we contrast it with that of the Greeks? What qualities make up the Roman national identity?

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 April to the 21st of June (ten 75-minute lessons: one per week).

All lessons will be held on Zoom, every Tuesday: they will begin at 7 p. m., Rome time (UTC + 2).
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
1. Cato and the mores maiorum: the idea of Greece in the Roman world.

2. Civility and barbarism: the concept of roman citizenship in Caesar and Cicero.
3. Stoicism in Rome: the acceptance of death in book II of the Tusculanae disputationes.
4. The fruits of Venus (love) as a primordial component of the world, according to Lucretius.
5. The golden age and the farming life in Virgil.
6. Poetry and political propaganda in Horace.
7. The sage (sapiens) according to Seneca.
8. The teleology of history in Lucan.
9. Fortuna and fatum in Tacitus.
10. The Roman national identity according to Symmachus, and the defense of the classics.
The teacher will provide abundant material. For those wishing to know more, we recommend reading the following textbooks, though they aren’t necessary to take part in the course.
– Alföldy, Géza, Historia social de Roma, Madrid, Alianza Universidad, 1996.
– Dodds, Eric Robertson, Paganos y cristianos en una época de angustia: algunos aspectos de la experiencia religiosa desde Marco Aurelio a Constantino, Madrid, Cristiandad, 1975.
– Gedike, Fridericus D., M. Tulli Ciceronis historia philosophiae antiquae, Berolini, sumptibus Augusti Mylii, 1815.
– Griffin, Miriam e Jonathan Barnes (a cura di), Philosophia togata, vol. I, Essays on philosophy and Roman society, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1997.
– Gruen, Erich S., Culture and national identity in republican Rome, Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 1995.
– Levi, Adolfo, Historia de la filosofía romana, Buenos Aires, Eudeba, 1969.
– MacMullen, Ramsay, Roman social relations (50 BC to AD 284), New Haven, Yale University Press, 1974.
– Moatti, Claudia, La raison de Rome: naissance de l’esprit critique à la fin de la république (IIe-Ier siècle av. J.-C.), Paris, Seuil, 1997.
– Morford, Mark P. O., The Roman philosophers: from the time of Cato the Censor to the death of Marcus Aurelius, London, Routledge, 2002.
– Ritter, H. et L. Preller, Historia philosophiae graecae et romanae ex fontium locis contexta, Gothae, 1857.
– Zanker, Paul, Augusto y el poder de las imágenes, Madrid, Alianza, 1992.

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 April-June), and all those who have taken part in at least one course held from January to March 2022, will receive a discount of 10%.

How to apply
The applications will close no later than April the 3rd, 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 April
Duration of the course: 10 75-minute lessons, every Tuesday for 10 weeks
Teacher: Eduardo Arturo Flores Miranda
Cost of the course: 175 euros

ROMAN ANTIQUITIES

The title of the course is derived from the famous work of Marcus Terentius Varro, the Roman polymath, who described the institutions and customs of the Romans as divided into two categories: the human and the divine. Later, saint Augustine was to use the same categories for his City of God
The objective of the course is to describe the most important aspects of Roman daily life in the republican and the imperial ages, as evidenced by archaeological discoveries (graves, offerings, grave goods, excavations), the epigraphical data (inscriptions), and the plastic arts (painting and sculpture). 

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 22nd of April to the 24th of June (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 + 2).
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
1. Domus and insulae. Furniture. Construction techniques: the opus craticium, incertum, caementicium, quadratum, reticulatum, testaceum, latericium, mixtum, vittatum, sectile, spicatum, signinum. Urban infrastructure: aqueducts, fountains, public buildings, walls for defense.

2. Education in Rome (grammaticus, litterator, rhetor). Writing instruments (calamus, stilus, tabulae). Books (volumen and codex). The atramentum.
3. Agriculture: the equipment, the laws on ownership. The farming calendar. The systems of measurement.
4. The military: the army and its organisation, the weapons, the geographic arrangement, the military ladder, the war machines.
5. The laws and Roman rights: matrimonium, adoptio, the judiciary actions (actiones), poena, successio, testamentum.
6. Entertainment: ludi, munera, the theatrum, the amphitheatrum, the circus, the venatio, the gladiatores.
7. Food: the banquets (comissationes), the wines and the customs in the triclinium.
8. Clothing: the wardrobe, accessories, hats, shoes. Laundry: the fullones. Hygiene: the thermae, the balnea.
9. Roman religion and superstition: private and public practice, magic and astrology, festivals, funerals.
10. Civil and political life: the cursus honorum, the vectigalia, the suffragia.
During the lessons we will read passages, which will be provided by the teacher, written by Cicero, Caesar, Pliny the Younger and Pliny the Elder, Varro, Cato, Columella, Ovid, Vitruvius, Aulus Gellius, etc., who will let us know the daily life of ancient Romans.
For those wishing to know more, we recommend reading the following textbooks, though they aren’t necessary to take part in the course.
– Cascarino, Giuseppe, L’esercito romano. Armamento e organizzazione, vol. I, Dalle origini alla fine della repubblica, Rimini, Il cerchio, 2007.
– Cascarino, Giuseppe, L’esercito romano. Armamento e organizzazione, vol. II, Da Augusto ai Severi, Rimini, Il cerchio, 2008.
– Cascarino, Giuseppe and Carlo Sansilvestri, L’esercito romano. Armamento e organizzazione, vol. III, Dal III secolo alla fine dell’impero d’Occidente, Rimini, Il cerchio, 2009.
– De Martino, Francesco, Storia economica di Roma antica, Florence, La nuova Italia, 1980.
– Dumézil, Georges, Feste romane, Genoa, Il melangolo, 1989.
– Fredouille, Jean-Claude, Dictionnaire de la civilisation romaine, Paris, Larousse, 1986.
– Gold, Barbara K. and John F. Donahue, Roman dining: a special issue of the «American journal of philology», Baltimore, John Hopkins University Press, 2005.
Handbook of ancient water technology: technology and change in history, Leiden, Brill, 2000.
– Marcone, Arnaldo, Storia dell’agricoltura romana, Rome, Carocci, 2004.
– Pani, Mario and Elisabetta Todisco, Società e istituzioni di Roma antica, Rome, Carocci, 2005.
– Paoli, Ugo Enrico, Vita romana, Florence, Le Monnier, 1962.

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 April-June), and all those who have taken part in at least one course held from January to March 2022, will receive a discount of 10%.

How to apply
The applications will close no later than April the 3rd, 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 22nd of April
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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