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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 wish to brush up your Latin skills while discussing key ideas of the Renaissance? If so, then you may wish to join the (online) Latin for Research in the Humanities course delivered by the Warwick's Centre for the Study of the Renaissance.
This course aims to help participants (whether 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 fourteenth- to sixteenth-century text, supported by grammar and vocabulary revision.
Sessions will focus on a selected number of Neo-Latin authors and will build familiarity with their particular styles and rhetorical practices. In the first of the two terms, the readings will come from the works of Francis Petrarch (1304-1374) and Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466?-1436); in the second term students will read extracts from Leon Battista Alberti and Thomas More. The in-depth study of these four authors' style 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.

The two terms may be taken independently of each other.

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

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 Thursdays from 5:00 to 6:30pm. The first term starts on October 7.

Students not enrolled in Warwick's Renaissance Centre pay £100 per course at the beginning of term. To apply to join this class, please complete the application form here by 8:00am BST on Tuesday, 21 September.

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

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Grammar exercises




Lewis and Short, A Latin Dictionary

Society for Neo-Latin Studies

 International association for Neo-Latin Studies

 Online resources for Neo-Latin