Latin for High School students – Rome, June 2020

P.V.E.R. - Progredi Ventis Et Remis

From 9 to 19 June 2020, the IICS provides the first “living” Latin summer course designed specifically to meet the needs of a high school student.

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the cancellation of PVER 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.



After the many projects carried out at numerous universities in Italy and abroad, the IICS has decided to extend its offer for the summer period also to high school students.
During the course period (two weeks) we will teach all the main topics of Latin grammar and students will be led to learn a large number of words.
The aim of the course is to provide students with the skills to translate a Latin text in a short time* and without using a dictionary.

The course 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.

* The average time taken by students who have completed our courses to translate a Latin text in the graduation exam is 27 minutes.


Lessons take place from 9:00 to 12:00 from Monday to Friday and cover all the main grammatical structures in addition to the 1000 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.

Students are required for 15 minutes a day for home study.

Course Dates:
From June 9 to 19, 2020
from Monday to Friday: 9:00 – 12:00
(30 course hours)
Via Pavia, 23 – Roma
metro Bologna / Policlinico
Limited Enrollment
Registration Deadline:
subject to availability
€ 330


No specific prerequisite. Study of all the main elements of Latin grammar.
Learning of the 1000 most frequent words of Latin literature.
Students will be able to translate a Latin text quickly and without using the dictionary.


Pre-registration can be made directly through our site.
Register now!

Payment may be made in person at IISC secretary, by cash or cheque. Alternatively we accept wire transfer (Account holder: Associazione culturale Istituto Italiano di Studi Classici; IBAN: IT 80 W 02008 05013 000103893909; BIC/SWIFT: UNCRITM1006; Description: PVER 2020 for *Name Surname of the student*).


– H.H. Ørberg, Lingua latina per se illustrata – Familia Romana

Recommended readings (the following text is not required for the course, but isrecommended for those who wish to strengthen their knowledge):
– H. H. Ørberg – L. Miraglia – T. F. Borri, Lingua Latina per se illustrata – Latine disco

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