Participants in this course, a rather practical one, will not only gain familiarity with the history of Latin writing across the centuries, but will also get the opportunity to identify, read, and use the different scripts.
A course tailored for you
We believe that Latin is a language too, and that in order to learn any language well, one must exercise the four basic linguistic skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
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.
Teaching material and course programme
We’ll begin with the writing materials: leaves, bark, cloth, chalk, containers, walls, metals, iron, bronze, wood, wax (tablets), papyrus, hides, parchment, paper; then we’ll move on to the writing instruments: stilus, calamus, and atramentum — not skipping the varieties of book: the volumen and the codex; and lastly we’ll see the history of punctuation and diacritic signs.
As far as the history of writing is concerned, the course will cover the most important varieties, beginning with the capitalis elegans, and continuing to the capitalis rustica, the capitalis cursiva, the uncialis and the semiuncialis, the minuscula cursiva, to move from there to regional scripts: the insularis minuscula, the visigothica minuscula, the minuscula carolina, the gothica libraria, the gothica cursiva, the humanistica libraria, the humanistica cursiva.
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.
‒ Gordon, Arthur E., Illustrated introduction to Latin epigraphy, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1983.
‒ Gasparri, Françoise, Introduction à l’histoire de l’écriture, Louvain-la-Neuve, Brepols, 1994.
‒ Núñez Contreras, Luis. Manual de paleografía: fundamentos e historia de la escritura latina hasta el siglo VIII, Madrid, Cátedra, 1994.
‒ Battelli, Giulio, Lezioni di paleografía, Vatican City, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1999.
‒ Calabi Limentani, Ida, Epigrafia latina, Bologna, Cisalpino, 2000.
Dates of the course
The course will be held from the 11th of Janauary to the 15th of March (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 + 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.
The teacher will be Mr Eduardo Arturo Flores Miranda.
Cost of the course
The course costs 175 euros.
All those who register for two or more of ous 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 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 will be provided all 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.
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 11th of January
Duration of the course: 10 75-minute lessons, every Tuesday for 10 weeks
Cost of the course: 175 euros