The course on Latin composition will be focused on the art of writing letters in Latin.
In each class, we’ll read and discuss together an original Latin letter. The related homework, pensum domesticum, will be corrected during the following lesson.
Beside writing letters on different subjects and to different addressees, we’ll also practise writing descriptions and short stories.
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
The teacher will provide abundant material and numerous exercises during the lessons. In any case, from all the books about Latin composition, it seems appropriate to single a few out:
– Hofmann, J. B. – Szantyr, A.: Lateinische Syntax und Stilistik, 2nd volume, C. H. Beck’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, München 1972.
– Menge, Hermann: Repetitorium der lateinischen Syntax und Stilistik, Julius Zwißler, Wolfenbüttel 19007.
– Springhetti, E.: Institutiones stili Latini, Pontificia Universitas Gregoriana, Romae 1954.
– Traìna, A. – Bertotti, T.: Sintassi normativa della lingua latina, Cappelli, Bologna 2003.
– Tunberg, Terence – Minkova, Milena: Readings and exercises in Latin prose composition: from Antiquity to the Renaissance, Focus, Newburyport 2004.
Dates of the course
The course will be held from the 18th of January to the 22nd of March (ten 75-minute lessons: one per week).
All lessons will be held on Zoom. Every Wednesday, 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.
The teacher will be Mr Jiří A. Čepelák.
Cost of the course
The course costs 199 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 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.