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Latin for Research-Intermediate level-weekly classes

The Confirmation of the Franciscan Rule, from the Sassetti Chapel by Domenico Ghirlandaio

The weekly meetings of approximately 90 minutes (Mondays, 5-6.30pm UK time), will consist of the reading and translation of a fourteenth- to sixteenth-century text, supported by grammar and vocabulary revision. A previous acquaintance with the Latin language (typically to intermediate level) is required for this course. If you are unsure about your level of Latin proficiency, do read the 'Level of Latin–Which is Right for You?' page available HERE , after which you should be well equipped to make your decision. If you have any questions, please contact the course tutor, Clive Letchford by email at: 

Please note, we have reached the maximum numbers for this class for term 2.

Sessions will focus on a selected number of Neo-Latin authors in order to build familiarity with their particular styles and rhetorical practices. In the first of the two terms, the readings will include extracts from the works of renaissance schoolteachers and Francis Petrarch (1304-1374) and aim to refresh applying the basics of Latin. In the second term students will read extracts from Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) and Leonardo Bruni (1360-1444). The study of these authors will introduce participants to the particularities of Renaissance Latin and, at the same time, to the conventions of some of the most important genres practised by Neo-Latin writers, such as letter-writing, the philosophical dialogue, or the satirical speech. Term 2 is stand-alone and can be taken without Term 1.

The schedule for Term 1 can be found HERE.

The schedule for Term 2 can be found HERE. (Please note that the sessions will start on 22nd January 2024)

The two terms may be taken independently of each other.

Places are limited, and the availability of this course is subject to a minimum enrolment. All classes will be taught virtually via Microsoft Teams on Mondays, 5-6.30pm (UK time), with the first class due to commence on Monday 9th October 2023. Term 2 will start on Monday 22nd January 2024. To apply, please complete the short application form HERE.

Participants will pay £200 for the course. Those whose institution belongs to the Newberry Library Consortium may be eligible to receive CRS Consortium Grants to cover the cost of the course. (Contact your local consortium representative for details.) Warwick PhD Students will not have to pay the course fees.
Participants accepted onto the 2023-24 course, should familiarise themselves with the applicable Terms & Conditions, here.