The Courses

Latin courses

Living Latin courses provide for once-weekly classroom lessons, along with some cultural weekends (6 weekends for the First year, and 2 weekends for the Second year).

Didactic offerings / Curriculum / Admission / Exams / Syllabus / Tuition fees / Bibliography / Dates and times

DIDACTIC OFFERINGS

Lessons:
Lessons primarily consist of the study of textbooks. Students will study the language (morphology, syntax, phraseology, etc.), always using the inductive-contextual method. Students are always involved in the lessons, participating actively and proactively, breaking through the barrenness of passive listening in a lively and productive environment.

Cultural weekends:
Cultural weekends offer the possibility for total language immersion, allowing students to become absorbed in an environment in which each moment of the day is lived out using the language of classical culture.
The First Year offers four intensive lessons (Saturday afternoon) and two didactical excursions, which last two days (Saturday and Sunday, including an overnight stay). A one-day didactical excursion (Saturday afternoon) is planned for the Second Year, in addition to a two-day didactical excursion (Saturday and Sunday, including an overnight stay).
These activities alternate between moments of lessons, tours of archeological sites, the reading of classical texts, and recreational activities (which also take place in Latin).
The calendar of cultural weekends may be found on the Dates and Times section.

 

CURRICULUM

Linguistic Curriculum:
The complete language course consists of two academic years (October through May). It is also possible to attend only one year.
The First Year consists of progressive studies structured around four progressive units (A1 – A2 – B1 – B2), which immediately involve the student in the active written and oral use of the language.
The Second year is intended to perfect these linguistic studies, and is divided into two progressive units (C1 – C2).

Literary Curriculum:
Those who so desire may, upon completion of the two-year cycle, sign up for a Third Year, which is dedicated to the study of Latin literature. This course was not conceived merely for the study of literary history, but rather seeks to ensure that students have the opportunity to come into direct contact with texts in their original language, highlighting their literary, historical, artistic and philosophical elements.

 

ADMISSION

To participate in the First Year it is sufficient to submit a registration request. There are no specific pre-requisites.

To participate in the Second Year, it is necessary to have completed the First Year.
Those who have already studied Latin using the inductive-contextual method and already possess a solid level of competency in active Latin may participate in the Second Year without having attended the First Year, upon the condition that they pass the exam corresponding to the end of the First Year (equal to level B2) prior to the beginning of classes. Please note, however, that it is quite difficult to participate in the Second Year without having attended First Year classes, and we discourage students from choosing this option unless they have an extremely well-founded (active and passive) competency level in Latin.

To participate in the Latin Literature course, students must have participated in Second Year classes and passed the corresponding exam.

 

EXAMS

In order to guarantee our students an excellent education, the IICS requires that students pass an exam at the end of each unit throughout the academic year.
Each exam consists of four parts: comprehension of a written text, oral comprehension, the production of a written text, and a spoken test.

The First Year includes four exams (which correspond to the units A1, A2, B1 and B2); during the Second Year there are two exams (units C1 and C2).

From the A2 unit on, in order to take an exam it is necessary that students have already passed the preceding exam. Students who do not pass an exam must retake it prior to concluding the following unit, lest they become ineligible to continue the course.

The final exam is administered in the summer session (June); students who do not initially pass may retake the exam during the fall session (October).

Useful Information (for courses in 2018/19):

LATIN
Schedule:
First year: Fridays from 17:00 to 19:30 (+ 4 intensive classes on Saturday afternoon)
Second year: Fridays from 17:00 to 19:30
Literature course: Wednesdays from 16:30 to 19:30
Duration:
First year: from October 19, 2018 to May 24, 2019
Second year: from October 26, 2018 to May 24, 2019
Literature course: from October 24, 2018 to May 22, 2019
Course Structure:
First year: 100 hours annually (28 classes + 4 intensive classes) + 2 cultural visits
Second year: 70 hours annually (28 classes) + 2 cultural visits
Literature course: 85 hours annually
Location:
Via Cosenza 7 – 00161 Rome (near the University “La Sapienza”)
Limited Enrollment
Fees:
from 299 € per semester
discounted fees and forms of payment

SYLLABUS

FIRST YEAR
(progressive, from A1 to B2)
View the Syllabus
SECOND YEAR
(progressive, from C1 to C2)
View the Syllabus
LITERATURE COURSE
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100 hours annually
(28 lessons + 4 intensive lessons) + 2 didactical excursions during the weekend
70 hours annually
(28 lessons) + 2 didactical excursions during the weekend
85 hours annually
(28 lessons)
Pre-Requisites No initial knowledge required. Solid knowledge of all Latin grammar. Ability to produce a text (oral and written) in the Latin language. Ability to understand any text in the Latin language just by reading it.
(It is necessary to have participated in Second Year classes and passed the corresponding exam).
Objectives Students will learn all Latin grammar. They will be able to understand Latin texts of a medium-to-high level of difficulty without the need to translate them.
(Consequently, they will acquire the ability to speak and to write intermediate texts in Latin).
Students will acquire the ability to understand, in depth, any text in the Latin language just by reading it.
Students will also attain a solid familiarity with different authors of Latin literature.
(Consequently, they will acquire the ability to speak and to write complex texts in Latin.)
Students will be presented with a wide selection of texts from Latin authors, which will be analyzed and commented during the lessons.
(Students will develop the ability to fluently write and speak Latin).

TUITION FEES

First Year:
from 299 euros per semester

Second Year:
from 299 euros per semester

Literature Course:
from 299 euros per semester

Discounted fees and forms of payment

BIBLIOGRAPHY

The cost of textbooks is not included in tuition. It is of the utmost importance that students
are in possession of the textbook from the very beginning of the course. If they so desire, students may purchase their textbooks directly from our class facilities on the first day of class.

First Year
1. H. H. Ørberg, Lingua Latina per se illustrata – Pars I: Familia Romana, Edizioni Accademia Vivarium Novum
2. H. H. Ørberg – L. Miraglia – T. F. Borri, Lingua Latina per se illustrata – Latine disco, Edizioni Accademia Vivarium Novum
3. Excerpts (provided by the instructor) from textbooks from the 1900s, based on the inductive-contextual method, by the following authors: W.H.D. Rouse, R.B. Appleton, W.H.S. Jones, G. Pasquetti, G.B. Gandino, C.W.E. Peckett, A.R. Munday, U. E. Paoli
4. Excerpts (provided by the instructor) of Latin classics, including passages from Seneca, Cicero, Catullus, Martial, and others

Recommended reading (the following texts are not required for the exam, but are recommended for those who wish to strengthen their knowledge):
1. A. Traina – G. Bernardi Perini, Propedeutica al latino universitario, Patron
2. G. B. Conte – E. Berti – M. Mariotti, La sintassi del latino, Mondadori Education
3. C. Pavanetto, Elementa linguae et grammaticae Latinae, LAS
4. W. H. S. Jones, Intermediate oral Latin reader, based on Cicero’s De senectute, with extracts from Martial and Horace, Blackie and Son (Download PDF)
5. G. Cauquil – J. Y. Guillaumin, Lessico essenziale di latino (a cura di F. Piazzi), Cappelli

Second Year
1. H. H. Ørberg, Lingua Latina per se illustrata – Pars II: Roma Aeterna, Edizioni Accademia Vivarium Novum
2. H. H. Ørberg, Lingua Latina per se illustrata – Enchiridion discipulorum (cap. XXXVI-LVI), Edizioni Accademia Vivarium Novum
3. H. H. Ørberg, Lingua Latina per se illustrata – Exercitia Latina (cap. XXXVI-LVI), Edizioni Accademia Vivarium Novum
4. Classical Latin excerpts provided by the instructor including passages from Seneca, Cicero, Livius, Vergilius, Ovidius, Horatius and others

Recommended reading (the following texts are not required for the exam, but are recommended for those who wish to strengthen their knowledge):
1. A. Traina – T. Bertotti, Sintassi normativa della lingua latina, Patron
2. U. E. Paoli, Scriver latino. Guida al comporre e tradurre in lingua latina, Principato
3. G. B. Gandino, La sintassi latina illustrata con luoghi di Cicerone tradotti ed annotati per uso di retroversione, Paravia
4. Erasmo da Rotterdam, Colloquia (view link)

Literature course
1. Cicero, De officiis
2. Vergilius, Aeneis
3. Excerpts from: Cicero, In Catilinam; Petronius, Satyricon liber; Catullus, Liber; Horatius, Sermones; Ovidius, Metamorphoseon libri; Cicero, De re publica; Cicero, Tuscolanae disputationes; Cicero, Tuscolanae disputationes; Seneca, Epistulae morale ad Lucilium; Sallustius, Bellum Catilinae; Svetonius, De viris illustribus; Tacitus, De origine et situ Germanorum

Recommended reading (the following texts are not required for the exam, but are recommended for those who wish to strengthen their knowledge):
1. A. d’Elia, Latinarum litterarum historia, M. D’Auria
2. E. De Rosa, De litteris Latinis commentarii libri V ad criticam artis rationem exacti
3. G. Mamone, Latinarum litterarum historiae, Signorelli

DATES AND TIMES

First Year

CLASS SCHEDULE 2018/19

Fridays from 17:00 to 19:30.

COURSE CALENDAR
First class october 19, 2018
Last class may 24, 2019
Holidays (No class) december 28, 2018
january 04, 2019
april 19, 2019
april 26, 2019
Exams december 01, 2018 (unit: A1)
january 18, 2019 (unit: A2)
march 15, 2019 (unit: B1)
june 14, 2019 (unit: B2 / Final exam)
CULTURAL WEEKENDS CALENDAR
1 Sat 01 December 2018 (15:00-19:30)
2 Sat 19 Jenuary 2019 (15:00-19:30)
3 Sat 16 March 2019 (15:00-19:30)
4 From Sat 06 April 2019 (14:30)
to Sun 07 April 2019 (19:30)
Gaeta (LT) – Overnight in loco
5 Sat 18 May 2019 (15:00-19:30)
6 From Sat 25 May 2019 (14:30)
to Sun 26 May 2019 (19:00)
Ostia (RM) – Overnight in loco

Second Year

CLASS SCHEDULE 2018/19

Fridays from 17:00 to 19:30.

CLASS CALENDAR
First class october 26, 2018
Last class may 24, 2019
Holidays (No class) december 28, 2018
january 04, 2019
april 19, 2019
april 26, 2019
Exams febrary 01, 2019 (unit: C1)
june 14, 2019 (unit: C2 / Final exam)
STUDY WEEKENDS CALENDAR
1 Sat May 05, 2019 (15:00-19:00)
Roma – Day-Trip
2 From Sat June 08, 2019 (12:00)
to Sun June 09, 2019 (21:00)
Pompei (NA) – Overnight in loco

Literature course

CLASS SCHEDULE 2018/19

Wednesdays from 16:30 to 19:30.

CLASS CALENDAR
First class october 24, 2018
Last class may 22, 2019
Holidays (No class) december 26, 2018
january 02, 2019
april 24, 2019
may 01, 2019
Exam june 14, 2019