Latin – Rome, June/July 2020

L.V.D.V.S. - Loqui Vere Discere Verum Sapientis

A unique cultural experience in the heart of Rome, at the origins of Latinity, in direct contact with the language of western culture. Held under the patronage of the Municipality of Rome, the course is structured in three progressive modules, from Basic to Advanced. You can decide to attend one or all three modules. Learning is quick and guaranteed: you study grammar and vocabulary, learn thousands of words, to then reach a fluency in reading literary Latin.

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the cancellation of LVDVS 2020. Because of the uncertainty of our current situation due to Covid-19 pandemic, we have made this decision in order to guarantee the safety and health of our students and professors. The course will be rescheduled for 2021.
We wish to inform those who may be interested in our courses that the Italian Institute of Classical Studies will provide new online courses of Latin and Ancient Greek.



Summer courses in Rome represent an innovative solution for studying classical languages. In a short, but very intense period of time, scholars and language enthusiasts worldwide are guaranteed an unprecedented study experience, one that combines the IISC’s higher education with the thrill of experiencing the life of the classics along with friends and classmates who share a love for literature, precisely in the places where it lived and was spoken.
LVDVS are the Latin studies of our Summer Courses in Rome. Lessons are open and addressed to everyone, and Latin is the only language used to communicate, through the “IISC method”, which uses an inductive-contextual method.


Our professors only use Latin throughout the course and, right from the very first lesson, with precise methodological awareness, they guide students to do the same, both in writing and orally. The lessons proceed in a gradual, progressive, and unitary manner, differentiating themselves in three modules: Basic – Intermediate – Advanced. You can attend one or all three modules (the entire course), in order to reach a maximum level of knowledge and understanding of Latin.
Classes will be held from Monday to Friday. Each module lasts two weeks. The fourth week is common to two modules. The complete course lasts five weeks.

The Basic course is open to all, without the need for prerequisites.          .
Anyone wishing to directly attend the Intermediate or Advanced modules will have to take a preliminary test. Generally, this option is not recommended for those who have not previously acquired good active skills in Latin.

The lessons require careful attention and frequent attendance. We recommend you dedicate part of your free time to personal studies. The course covers all Latin grammar and guarantees learning the 2,000 most frequently used Latin words in classical literature, which correspond to 90% of the lexicon used by authors.

Cultural Field Trips

In addition to classroom lessons, the course offers an extraordinary opportunity for those who love historical beauty and Rome. At the end of the week, on Saturday, three visits to famous archeological sites will be organized, where you can converse in Latin and read passages from works of Latin literature. The destinations include  the Colosseum, the Imperial Fora, and Ostia Antica.


Basic:              June 22nd – July 3rd
Intermediate:   July 6th – July 17th
Advanced:     July 13th – July 24th
Monday to Friday: 9:00am – 2:00pm + 3 field trips to Rome (in Latin) on Saturday
Piazza dell’Orologio, 3, 00186 Roma
Course structure:
Each module: 50 hours of lessons (10 lessons)
Entire course: 125 hours of lessons (25 lessons) + 3 field trips on Saturdays
Limited Enrollment
€400 for those who choose one module
€800 for those who choose two modules
€899 for those who choose all three modules!


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50 hours of lessons + 1 field trip on Saturday 50 hours of lessons + 2 field trips on Saturday 50 hours of lessons + 1 field trip on Saturday
Prerequisites No initial knowledge required. Confident knowledge required of the basic elements of Latin grammar and the 650 most frequently used words of the language. Ability to understand a non-complex text (oral and written) in Latin. (An entrance exam is required.) Solid knowledge required of all Latin morphology and syntax, as well as the 1,500 most frequently used words in literature. (An entrance exam is required.)
Objectives Students will learn the basic elements of Latin grammar. They will be able to understand simple texts without needing to translate them. Students will come to know the entire morphology and most of Latin syntax. They will acquire the ability to understand texts with a medium-high level of difficulty in Latin, only through reading. Students will acquire the ability to also understand Latin texts with a higher level of difficulty, only through reading.


You can pre-register directly through our website.
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Registration Fee:

The €200 registration fee must be paid within five days of pre-registration.
The remaining amount must be paid by May 31st:
– € 200 for those who choose only one module
– € 600 for those who choose two modules
– € 699 for those who choose all three modules

Payment can be made directly to the IISC administrative office by cash  or  bank check, or through a  bank transfer  (Account holder: Associazione Culturale Istituto di Studi Classici – IBAN: IT 80 W 02008 05013 000103893909 – BIC / SWIFT: UNCRITM1006 – Reason for payment: LVDVS 2020 for [Student’s Name, Surname]).


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.

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 reading (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 the pdf)
3. Erasmo da Rotterdam, Colloquia (see the link)


Basic Module

Monday to Friday:  9:00am – 2:00pm
LESSON Calendar
1st week June 22nd – June 26th
2nd week June 29th – July 3rd
1 Saturday, July 4th – Colosseum

Intermediate Module

Class hours
Monday to Friday: 9:00am – 2:00pm.
LESSON Calendar
3rd week July 6th – July 10th
4th week July 13th – July 17th
1 Saturday, July 11th – Imperial Fora
2 Saturday, July 18th – Ostia Antica

Advanced Module

Class hours
Monday to Friday: 9:00am – 2:00pm
LESSON Calendar
4th week July 13th – July 17th
5th week July 20th – July 24th
Saturday, July 18th – Ostia Antica
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