But what can you do with Latin? Tell someone you’re studying Latin and you’re bound to hear that refrain!
The answer: all sorts of awesome things, some of which you probably never knew existed!
In this 6-week summer course, we will explore some of the super cool applications of Latin. In addition to reading Latin written by original Roman authors, we will try our hand at epigraphy, the reading and translation of inscriptions. We will also get a chance to look at (and translate) some Romano-British curse tablets and will take a look at some ancient letters from the Vindolanda Tablets. And we will try our hand at some medieval paleography, both transcription and translation, in order to access some ancient early language learning texts.
Notes to parents:
- This course is, first and foremost, a Latin class and most of our class-time will be spent reading and grappling with Latin text, whether stone or written. It is recommended for students who have completed a year of Latin. Understanding of the case system, declensions I-III, and indicative verbs in the active and passive voice will be assumed.
- In this class, we will be reading Latin that was written by Roman writers. Although detail is not included, some of the readings may contain mature content or themes, which may include violence (including rape), death, references to sex, and ample amount of misogyny. While these themes may be present, as they are in many world mythologies (like Greek Mythology), fairy tales, and literature, they are not the primary focus of our class. The main focus of the class is Latin language acquisition.