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Latin for Research in the Humanities

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 compulsively end every speech with 'Carthago delenda est'? If so, then you may wish to come and join the Latin for Research in the Humanities course offered at the The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance.
 Manuscript NAL 1149 (BnF)
Epigraphic manuscript NAL 1149 in the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
The course Latin for Research in the Humanities 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 90 minutes will consist of the reading and translation of a fifteenth- or sixteenth-century text, supported by grammar and vocabulary revision. A previous (typically A-level equivalent) acquaintance with the Latin language is required for this course.

Day & time of the class is yet to be confirmed, but they will start in Term 1. Classes are not accredited, and there is a charge of £25 per term for non-Renaissance Centre students. To register your interest in advance of the start of term, please contact Mrs Jayne Sweet, administrator of the CSR, at ( ), or alternatively, register through SkillsForge (this method will not be available until circa September).

Please find below some of the texts we will read (which are subject to change depending on participants’ interests):
Cyriac of Ancona, excerpts from his Later Travels

Flavio Biondo, Italia Illustrata

Aldus Manutius, prefaces to his editions of works by ancient Latin writers

Marco Girolamo Vida, the Christiad

A selection of humanist comedies and tragedies

A selection of Neo-Latin epigrams

A selection of humanist correspondence (especially the correspondence of Joseph Scaliger)

If you have any questions, please contact the course tutor, …...

Course resources:


Grammar exercises



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.


Lewis and Short, A Latin Dictionary

Society for Neo-Latin Studies

 International association for Neo-Latin Studies

 Online resources for Neo-Latin