Latin 1

Course Code: LAT-01

Teaching Method: in presence
Titles released: 12 CFU / ECTS + Course valid for teachers’ updating, recognized by the MIUR
Hours: Wednesdays 5:00 – 7:30 (+ 2 Saturday afternoon + 2 field-trips)
Duration: 2023 October, 18 – 2024 May, 29 (28 lessons – 82 hours)
Limited Enrollment: up to 20 participants
Academic Feese: starting from € 295 per semester

Presentation of the course / Calendar / Certifications / To continue the studies / Academic fees


The course is the first year of the School of Higher Studies in Latin.
Access to the first year is free and no pre-requisites are requested.

– Understanding of a Latin text, without using the dictionary
– In-depth knowledge of the most important structures of Latin syntax and grammar
– Knowledge of the 2000 most frequent words in Latin classical literature
– Ability to write and speak in Latin

Through the reading of texts in Latin, which are designed to encourage language learning, students deal with literary classical Latin morphology, syntax and phraseology.
Lessons will be held completely in Latin: following the fundamentals of the inductive-contextual methodology, the active use of Latin language both by the students and the teacher turns passive learning into an active competence, thus ensuring a sound knowledge of the language. Readings of some original Latin texts complete the course program.View the program in details
Over the course, there will be two Saturday afternoons of lessons and two cultural field trips of two days each: Latin will be the only language of communication and there will be reading of classical texts, lessons and visits to archeological sites.

The course will be held in classroom. Those who wish to attend the course online might register to Latin 1 online.

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

1. H. H. Ørberg, Lingua Latina per se illustrata – Pars I: Familia Romana (any edition)
2. F. Pirrone, Grammatica latina: guida allo studio di Familia Romana, Edizioni Istituto Italiano di Studi Classici (for students who cannot read Italian: M. Neumann, A companion to Familia Romana, Focus)
3. H. H. Ørberg, Exercitia Latina (Cap I-XXXV) (any edition)
4. 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
5. Excerpts (provided by the instructor) of Latin classics

Recommended readings (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 the pdf)
5. G. Cauquil – J. Y. Guillaumin, Lessico essenziale di latino (ed. by F. Piazzi), Cappelli



– Students who have attended at least 75% of class hours may obtain a course completion certificate.
– Those who wish to obtain university certifications (12 CFU/ECTS) should pass the final exam with an evaluation fo at least 18/30. The exam will consist in a written test structured as follows: (a) grammatical competences, (b) comprehension of a written text, (c) writing of a text in Latin.
This certification is issued by both the Italian Institute of Classical Studies (IISC) and the Department of Classic of the Università Pontificia Salesiana (UPS). Because the ECTS issued by the UPS are also acknowledged by the Italian Government, the ECTS may be validated in Italian University (without prejudice to the discretion granted to the universities by the Italian law).
– The course is also recognized by the MIUR – Regional School Office for Lazio as valid for the professional training of teaching staff.



Upon the completion of the course, students who have attended at lest the 75% of class hours, may access the course  Latin 2.



First lesson 2023 October, 18
Last lesson 2024 May, 29
Saturday afternoon
(3.30-7.30 pm)
2023 Dicember, 2
2024 January, 13
No class days 2023 November, 1
2023 December, 20
2023 December, 27
2024 January, 3
2024 March, 272024 April, 32024 May, 1
Exam sessions 2024 June, 12
2024 June, 19
2024 September, 25
Didactical field-trips

Gaeta (LT) – Overnight stay
from Sat 2023 April, 1 (2:00 pm)
to Sun 2023, April 2 (7:30 pm)

Ostia Antica (RM) – Overnight stay
from Sat 2023 May 27 ( 3:00 pm)
to Sun 2023 May 28 (7:30 pm)


The total amount of the course fees is of € 590.



There are two methods of payment:

1) Preferred method

Total amount Deadline
Registration fee € 200 Upon the inscription
Full year tuition fee € 390 By October 31

2) Payment by installments

Total amount Deadline
Registration Fee € 200 Upon the inscription
First Semester Tuition Fees € 249 By October 31
Second Semester Tuition Fees € 249 By January 31

Payment can be made:

  1. In cash, at the administrative office (by appointment)
  2. By cheque, at the administrative office (by appointment)
  3. By Teacher’s Card (selecting the option “recognized courses” when generating the bonus)
  4. 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: Course code + Name and Surname of the student
    • 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. Only field trip’s costs, however, are not included in the registration fee; we try to keep the costs as low as possible and they may vary according to the destination. There are no exam fees.

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