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Latin for Research in the Humanities-to be updated with 2021-22 info soon

Does your research involve works written in Latin? Would you like to learn more about post-classical and humanistic Latin through discussion of some key Neo-Latin Renaissance texts? Do you wish to brush up your Latin skills while discussing key ideas of the Renaissance? If so, then you may wish to come and join the Latin for Research in the Humanities course delivered by the The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance.
This course aims to help participants (staff or students) develop the ability to read and understand Renaissance texts, while allowing them to brush up their Latin skills for research purposes. The weekly meetings of approximately 90 minutes will consist of the reading and translation of a fifteenth- or sixteenth-century text, supported by grammar and vocabulary revision.

Special attention will be placed on Renaissance Latin as revival and imitation of classical Latin as well as a conscious attempt to move away from Medieval linguistic practices. Accordingly, as an introduction, in the first sessions we will read texts which evidence this conscious attempt by Renaissance authors to restore classical Latin. We will then move through the main genres or topics approached by famous Renaissance Latinists such as epic and lyric poetry, philosophy, and political thought.

Authors read in the first term included Francis Petrarch, Lorenzo Valla, Erasmus of Rotterdam, Pico della Mirandola, Thomas More, among others, while for Term 2 we will be reading excerpts from the works of Leonardo Bruni, Joachim du Bellay, Casandra Fedele, René Descartes, Juan Luis Vives, and others. See course schedule in the right hand column for the complete programme.

Attendance to the sessions of term 1 is not required to sign up for term 2. A different author is approached in each session and the grammar and vocabulary review are always based on what is found on the text. This makes the sessions independent of each other.

A previous (typically A-level equivalent) acquaintance with the Latin language is required for this course. If you have any questions, please contact the course tutor, Iván Parga Ornelas Email:

Places are limited. All classes will be taught virtually via Microsoft Teams every Monday from 3 - 4:30pm, starting on DATE TBC. Students not enrolled in the Renaissance Centre pay £tbc per course at the beginning of term. To apply to join this class, please complete the application form here, or for other enquiries, contact the Centre administrator on

Former students say:

The classes have been really helpful by covering the basics and applying them to the sort of Latin documents we are likely to come across in our research. Studying Latin this way is much more relevant - and can even be fun!

The best way to learn; friendly, relaxed and informal but with a serious purpose. It is essential for my Art History studies that I improve my lapsed Latin and I appreciate the flexible structure of teaching which adapts the coursework to the needs of the current group.

Participants accepted onto the 2021-22 course, should familiarise themselves with the applicable Terms &Conditions, here.

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Epigraphic manuscript NAL 1149 in the Bibliothèque nationale de France

Course Schedule-Term1
Course Schedule-Term2

Grammar exercises




Lewis and Short, A Latin Dictionary

Society for Neo-Latin Studies

 International association for Neo-Latin Studies

 Online resources for Neo-Latin