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Latin – Rome, June-July 2021

A unique cultural experience in the heart of Rome and at the origins of Roman culture, in direct contact with the language. The course, with the Patronage of the Municipality of Rome, is organized in three progressive levels, from the Basic level to the Advanced one; students may attend the whole course or one or two of the levels. Students will fastly learn Latin grammar and vocabulary, studying thousands of words in order to reach fluency in reading original Latin texts.

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INFO COVID-19

  1. The IISC guarantees that classrooms and educational supplies will be sanitized, according to all the health measures on Covid-19;
  2. If the course will be cancelled due to health measures, the subiscriptions to the course will be readdressed to the corrisponding online summer course. Students will be refunded of the exceeding amount according to the different prices of the two courses.

COURSE PRESENTATION

Summer courses in Rome provide a new way in studying classical languages: in a short yet intensive time, they offer to international scholars and entushiasts an incredible experience, which combines the scientific nature of the Higher Education Courses at the IISC with the emotion of reviving the life of the Classical authors in the very same places where they have lived, together with friends who share a common love for literature and humanities. Classes are open to everyone and they require students to speak only in Latin, through the “IISC inductive-contextual methodology”.

 

DIDACTIC OFFERINGS

The lessons, taught through the inductive-contextual method (that is, through the active use of written and spoken Latin, initially by the lecturer, and then by the learners as well), provide the best opportunities to study the subject in depth.Stemming from this solid background, the learners are asked to actively use the rules they have learned, both in speaking and writing. Lessons progress in three different levels: Basic – Intermediate – Advanced. Students may decide to attend one or two levels or the whole course to reach a complete knowledge and understanding of the Latin language.
Lessons take place in the morning, from Monday to Friday. Single levels last two weeks; the fourth week is shared by two levels, i.e. Intermediate and Advanced. The whole course lasts 5 weeks.

The Basic level is open to everyone: no pre-requisite is needed.
Those who whish to attend the Intermediate or Advanced level (without attending the Basic level) must take an entrance exam. We suggest to those who have not previous and sound konwledge of Latin through active use to attend the course starting from the Basic level.
Lessons require a serious commitment: professors will ask to spend some of the free time in personal study. The course deals with the entirety of Latin grammar and guarantees the learning of 2000 most frequent Latin words, which correspond to the 90% of the Classical authors’ vocabulary.

Cultural field trips:
Besides lessons in class, the course offers an unique opportunity to the lovers of the beauty and art of Rome. At the end of every week of lessons, on Saturday, participants will be offered with three guided visits to archeological sites in Rome, where they will walk among the beauty of the City speaking in Latin and reading texts of the Latin literature. The archeological sites will be: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Ancient Ostia.

USEFUL INFORMATION (FOR 2021 COURSES):

L.V.D.V.S.
Duration:
Basic Level: from June, 21 to July, 2
Intermediate Level: from July, 5 to July, 16
Advanced Level: from July, 12 to July, 23
Titles released:
8 CFU / ECTS for each Level (info)
Hours:
from Monday to Friday, 9.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m. + three cultural field trips in Rome in Latin on Saturday
Course Structure:
Single Level: 40 hours of lessons (10 lessons)
Entire Course: 100 hours of lessons (25 lessons) + 3 cultural field trips on Saturday
Limited Enrollment
Fees:
€ 499 for each level
€ 1497 € 1199 for the three Levels!
For the 2021 edition of the Summer Courses, the IISC provides 26 scholarships!

Syllabus

BASIC LEVEL
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INTERMEDIATE LEVEL
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ADVANCED LEVEL
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40 hours of lessons + 1 cultural field trip 40 hours of lessons + 2 cultural field trips 40 hours of lessons + 1 cultural field trip
Pre-requisites No background knowledge is requested. A sound knowledge of the most fundamental rules of Latin grammar and of 650 of the most frequent Latin words. They should possess the ability to understand a non complex text in Latin, both written and orally. (A admission test is required) A sound knowledge of Latin morphology and syntax and of the 1500 most frequent words in Latin literature. (A admission test is required)
Objectives Students will learn the most fundamental rules of Latin grammar. They will acquire the ability to understand simple texts in Latin without needing a translation. Students will possess a sound knowledge of Latin morphology and of most part of Latin syntax. They will acquire the ability to understand a text of medium-high difficulty in Latin by simply reading it. Students will acquire the ability to understand even a complex Latin text by simply reading it.

REGISTER NOW

The online enrolment can be made through our website
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Course Fees

The Registration Fees (200 euros) has to be paid within 5 days from online enrolment.
The remaining amount has to be paid by June, 10.
For the 2021 edition of the Summer Courses, the IISC provides 26 scholarships!

Methods of payment and Scholarships

BIBLIOGRAPHY

It is of the utmost importance that students have their textbook since the first day of classes.

1. H. H. Ørberg, Lingua Latina per se illustrata – Pars I: Familia Romana
2. H. H. Ørberg, Exercitia Latina (Cap I-XXXV)
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 readings (the following texts are not required for the exam, but are recommended for those who wish to strengthen their knowledge):
1. C. Pavanetto, Elementa linguae et grammaticae Latinae, LAS
2. 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)
3. Erasmo da Rotterdam, Colloquia (see link)

DATES AND TIMES

Basic Level

CLASS SCHEDULE 2021

From Monday to Friday, 9.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m.

CLASS CALENDAR
First Week from June, 21 to June, 25
Second Week from June, 28 to July, 2
CULTURAL FIELD TRIPS
1 Saturday July, 3: Colosseum

Intermediate Level

CLASS SCHEDULE 2021

From Monday to Friday, 9.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m.

CLASS CALENDAR
Third Week from July, 5 to July, 9
Fourth Week from July, 12 to July, 16
CULTURAL FIELD TRIPS
1 Saturday July, 10: Roman Forum
2 Saturday July, 17: Ancient Ostia

Advanced Level

CLASS SCHEDULE 2021

From Monday to Friday, 9.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m.

CLASS CALENDAR
Fourth Week from July, 12 to July, 16
Fifth Week from July, 19 to July, 23
CULTURAL FIELD TRIPS
1 Saturday July, 17: Ancient Ostia
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Forms of payment and scholarships

Each level costs 499 euros.
Those who attend the whole course, receive a discount of the 20% on the total of the course fees, for an overall amount of € 1497 € 1199.

For the 2021 edition, the IISC provides 26 scholarships (for those who attend the entire course), according to the following criteria.

Methods of Payment
Payment Method:

Amount Deadline
Registration Fee € 200 Within 5 days from online enrolment
Course Fees € 299 for those who attend 1 level
€ 798 for those who attend 2 levels
€ 999 for those who attend 3 levels
By June, 10

The payment can be made:

  1. In cash, at the administrative office (by appointment)
  2. By cheque, at the administrative office (by appointment)
  3. By bank transfer, with the following details:
    • Name of the account holder: Associazione culturale Istituto Italiano di Studi Classici
    • IBAN: IT 80 W 02008 05013 000103893909
    • Reason for transfer: LVDVS per Name and Surname of the student
    • BIC/SWIFT: UNCRITM1006
    • Bank: Unicredit, Agenzia 6, Via Ugo Ojetti 149 Roma

The fee includes all the classroom activities (lessons and intensive lessons), administration fees and the use of the facilities available in the learning centre. There are no exam fees.

 

Scholarships
For the students who attend the whole course, the IISC provides, for the 2021 edition, 26 scholarships:

– 1 scholarship which covers 50% of the total amount

– 15 scholarships which cover 25% of the total amount

– 10 scholarships which cover 10% of the total amount

Students who whish to apply for scholarships, shall send an email by April, 30 to info@iisc-edu.com, indicating which scholarship they wish to apply for (50%, 25%, 10%) and attaching the following .pdf file:

curriculum vitae of the candidate (600 words max.)

– motivation letter (indicating why you whish to attend the course, etc…: 200 words max.)

– letter of recommendation, where available (written by a professor of the student’s educational institution: 200 words max.)

 

Scholarships will be assign according to a ranking and to the following criteria:

– Curriculum vitae: up to 10 points

– Motivation letter: up to 15 points

– Recommendation letter (where available): up to 5 points

 

Results will be published by May, 4. Students who will receive the scholarship are due to pay:

Amount Deadline
Registration Fee € 200 By May, 10
Course Fees according to the scholarship gained By May, 31

 

 

To get information about our Refund Policy, click here.

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Titles releases

CERTIFICATES

Upon conclusion of the course, the Italian Institute for Classical Studies will grant a certificate attesting to the successful completion of the course.

In order to obtain the certificate, it is necessary:

Have attended at least 75% of the course hours.

UNIVERSITY CREDITS (CFU / ECTS)

The course can provide university credits.

On the basis of an agreement between the two institutions, the course is considered equivalent to those of the Pontifical Salesian University of Rome. Thanks to this convention, university students who have obtained the certificate of completion of the course will receive 8 CFU / ECTS for each level valid at that Athenaeum, for an overall amount of maximum 24 CFU/ECTS for the entire course.

Since the certifications of the Pontifical Salesian University are recognized by the Italian State, credits obtained at the IICS are then able to be convalidated by state universities (without prejudice to the discretion that Italian law attributes to each individual institution).

The final grade indicated on the certificate is calculated out of 30, and will be calculated on the basis of the final exam grade and other possible evaluations by the instructors made throughout the course.

In order to obtain the certificate, it is necessary:

  • Have attended at least 75% of the course hours ;
  • To have attained a final grade of at least 18/30.