Summer Course

Amman 2018

The IICS, in collaboration with the University of Jordan, is proud to present the first summer course in Living Latin to ever be held in the Arabic-Speaking World: a groundbreaking cultural opportunity uniting the souls of different cultures.

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With the aim of providing formation to a new generation of academics that will allow them to gain access to the great literary patrimony of the Classical, Late-Antique, and Medieval ages, and so re-weave the cultural bonds between Arabic and European civilizations, the Italian Institute for Classical Studies and the University of Jordan are offering a summer intensive course in Living Latin, a singular event in the panorama of inter-cultural academic offerings.

The course is five weeks in duration, and is characterized by the use of Latin as the sole language of communication. The inductive-contextual method employed ensures a more effective and rapid pace for learning grammar, vocabulary and phraseological nexus, indispensable instruments for a solid and authentic knowledge of the language.

Students will be gradually accompanied as they progress from learning basic grammatical foundations to fully mastering Latin linguistic knowledge. Even starting with the basics, students will acquire the competencies necessary to read classical texts directly in their original language, without the help of dictionaries or translations.


Classroom Lessons:
Classroom lessons are held in the morning, and cover all grammatical structures in addition to the 2000 most frequently used words in Latin literature.

Our teaching method consists of moments alternating between lecture-based lessons and oral and written language-usage exercises, accompanied by activities that call for students’ direct involvement and active participation.

Afternoons are dedicated to personal study, and to the completion of homework and exercises. Those students who so desire may avail themselves of tutoring guided by IICS instructors.

Cultural Visits:
Throughout the duration of the course, two didactic excursions at archeological sites in Jordan characterized by the ancient presence of the Romans will be organized. On these occasions, IICS instructors will accompany students, presenting them with an original Latin literary text related to the archeological site visited.

Course Dates:
From June 30 to August 2, 2018
Saturday through Thursday, from 9:00 to 13:30
(120 course hours)
University of Jordan, Amman
Limited Enrollment
Registration Deadline:
April 30, 2018
760 JDs (€ 900)
Apply for a scholarship


Knowledge of the Latin alphabet. Consult the Syllabus Students will learn all of Latin grammar.
They will be able to understand Latin texts without need of translation.


To submit your registration request, please download the form and submit a completed version to


– H.H. Ørberg, Lingua latina per se illustrata – Familia Romana, Edizioni Accademia Vivarium Novum
– R. Carfagni, Nova exercitia latina I, Edizioni Accademia Vivarium Novum


09:00 – 10:30 Lesson
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:15 Lesson
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 13:30 Lesson
13:30 – 15:00 Lunch Break
15:00 – 16:00 Personal Study
16:00 – 18:00 Assisted Study (with an Instructor)
18:00 – 19:00 Personal Study