7-20 July 2019

An intensive Latin Language course for beginners and a richly variegated reading party for the more advanced, but with free interchange between the two streams. The goal is to examine two millennia of Roman and Italian culture – art as well as literature – through the medium of the Latin Language which is common to the whole tradition. We shall reads pieces by the major writers of the Classical Canon and by their successors in Medieval and Renaissance times. Genres will include Epic Poetry, Oratory, Philosophy and History.


Latin is arguably the mother-tongue of Europe. Its literature is immensely rich: original work continued to be written in the Latin language up to modern times.  Some knowledge of Latin is essential to the full appreciation of English literature written up to at the least the beginning of the twentieth century, because Latin was part of the intellectual equipment of most authors until that time. Students of history, philosophy and modern languages also recognize the value of increased familiarity with primary sources. Latin is a doorway that can lead you to wonderful delights.


The City of Rome itself is our living textbook. Its art, its inscriptions, its very stones tell the central story of Western Civilisation. What better place to learn Latin than in its heartland? Excursions to sites of particular interest in Rome and surrounding areas form a part of the programme. We shall learn to interpret inscriptions that tell us so much yet escape the notice of ordinary visitors. Roman and Italian culture and language are a continuum: the course will illuminate the linkage between the two.

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This two-week programme will guide participants through selected literature from the earliest times to the present, including the emergence of the Italian vernacular. For at least the first week (according to demand) there will be parallel streams for (near-)beginners on the one hand, and experienced readers on the other. Movement between streams is possible at any stage. The key to the experience is immersion – for two weeks, we will all be living and breathing Latin texts and the Latin language in the very heart of Roman civilisation, encountering (and engaging with) the material traces of that past in the fabric of the buildings and monuments that surround us.


We shall read only ‘real’ Latin. The focus of the beginners’ course will be Classical Latin, with primary texts ranging from Plautus to Ovid: students will develop their language skills in the classroom (and through private study), using Peter V. Jones and Keith C. Sidwell’s Reading Latin: Text and Vocabulary, and Reading Latin: Grammar and Exercises, 2nd edn (Cambridge University Press, 2016). The pedagogical approach will be participatory: we aim to achieve the positive outcomes of a traditional language ‘boot camp’ (technical proficiency, camaraderie, the exhilaration of hard work), but within a supportive learning environment that is responsive both to collective goals and individual needs.

In the reading party (for more experienced readers), there will be a strong emphasis on Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin, because the vast amount of surviving material from the centuries between the close of Classical period and the modern age has been most neglected. But no Latin course can ignore Cicero and Virgil. Other areas for special attention will be: the Roman Novel (The Golden Ass or Metamorphoses of Apuleius); Patristics (Augustine, Ambrose); philosophical and theological writing from Boethius to Aquinas; secular poetry and religious poetry including specimens of the great tradition of Latin hymnody (Ambrose, Venantius, sequences); narrative and history (Einhard, the Legenda Aurea); texts representing the continuation of the classical tradition. Other material can be included on request.


Beginners will need to acquire their own copies of Jones and Sidwell’s two-volume Reading Latin (in the revised 2nd edition, 2016 – details above) and are strongly urged to read through the introduction and opening chapters before the Summer School begins, familiarizing themselves with the basic terminology and structures. Jones and Sidwell’s companion volume, An Independent Study Guide to Reading Latin, 2nd edn (Cambridge University Press, 2018), may prove useful to anyone wishing to develop (or refresh) their language skills in advance of the Summer School, but this is purely optional.

 There are no formal prerequisites for the reading party: participants from a diversity of backgrounds have contributed wonderfully to the success of these schools in the past; already proficient readers of Latin have derived benefit and pleasure from reading material from outside the standard curricula. Copies of primary texts will be provided as part of the enrolment package. James Morwood’s Latin Grammar (Oxford University Press, 1999) offers a concise guide to the essentials of morphology and syntax and is recommended for purchase, though some students may prefer the fuller treatments given in Kennedy’s Revised Latin Primer, ed. Sir James Mountford (Longmans, 1962).


The Bernardi Campus of the University of St Thomas, overlooking the Tiber in central Rome, and close to sites of extraordinary interest and beauty.


Dr Robert H. F. Carver, BA (Hons)(ANU), DPhil (Oxon)

Robert Carver is Associate Professor of Renaissance Literature at the University of Durham, UK. Prior to this, he was a Junior Research Fellow in Classics and English at Trinity College, Oxford, and Lecturer and Director of Studies in English at Oriel College. He has published widely on the reception of Classical literature (particularly, prose fiction) in the middle ages and early modern period. His publications include The Protean Ass: The ‘Metamorphoses’ of Apuleius from Antiquity to the Renaissance (Oxford University Press, 2007), translations from medieval Latin, Hildegard of Bingen: An Anthology (1990), and the chapter on ‘English Fiction and the Ancient Novel’ in the first volume of the Oxford History of the Novel in English, ed. Thomas Keymer (2017).

Dr David Daintree AM, BA (Hons)(UNE), MLitt (Cantab), PhD (UTas)

David Daintree (http://daviddaintree.blogspot.com.au) has taught intensive summer schools in Latin for a quarter of a century. His courses have been offered in Hobart, Sydney, Perth New Zealand and Rome. He was Senior Classics Master (St Peter’s College Adelaide), Principal of Jane Franklin Hall (Uni of Tasmania), Rector of St John’s College (Uni of Sydney) and President of Campion College Australia. He is currently Director of the Christopher Dawson Centre, Hobart


The total base cost of the two-week programme is 1480 Euros per person twin-share, comprising 780 Euros for bed and breakfast (13 nights, in 7 July out 20 July), and 700 Euros for tuition, written materials and local tours on foot or using public transport. Single accommodation is also available at extra cost on request. The fee excludes lunches and dinners, air fares and airport transfers – participants should make their own arrangements to arrive at the residence on 7 July. Optional extras, including an overnight visit to Naples (with Pompeii), will also be available on request. The cost has been kept down to break-even level. If there is a surplus proceeds will go towards the work of the Dawson Centre.


Please contact Dr Daintree directly – dccdain@gmail.com


‘Dr Daintree is widely read, and is able to relate the Latin text under discussion to the wider historical, philosophical and cultural currents of the time, and of our own day. His love of his subject shines through, and you can see through his eyes why what has been thought and written in the Latin language is so important for our own times.’ (John O’Halloran, Lawyer, Sydney)

 ‘Reading Latin with a small group of passionate fellows under the guidance of David Daintree was a delightful experience that provided me with lasting method and deepened my understanding of medieval texts.’ (Dr Pippa Salonius, Academic, New Zealand)

 ‘his teaching method was an intensive blend of classical and medieval Latin suitable for students at any level.’ (Dr Veronica O’Connell, General Practitioner, Sydney)


 14-18 JANUARY, 2019

Latin is arguably the mother tongue of Europe. Its literature is immensely rich. In a sense it never died; original work continued to be written in Latin up to modern times. This course will offer a general introduction to post-classical Latin . We shall also look at passages of older material that remained highly influential in the later period (e.g. Scripture, Virgil). There will be an introduction to palaeography, including an opportunity to handle original manuscripts.

Some prior knowledge of Latin is desirable, but beginners with experience of learning a foreign language might consider purchasing a self-instruction primer and working on the basics between now and the start of the course. Participants will never be embarrassed if their Latin is imperfect: the teaching method leaves the entire task of translation and exposition to the Lecturer. This approach has been useful to relative beginners as well as those who are more experienced.

Any Latin Primer designed for self-instruction can be used, but F Kinchin Smith’s Teach Yourself Latin (out of print, but cheap copies are easily available from internet sites such as www.abebooks.com) is particularly good.

The Lecturer is Dr David Daintree who founded the Annual Latin Summer School in 1993.


There will be four lectures a day on each of the five days, starting at 9.00 am. There will be only one lecture after lunch each day, to free up the afternoons for private study.

The location will be Jane Franklin Hall, 6 Elboden Street, South Hobart.

The cost of the course is $200. Meals and accommodation are not included. Proceeds from this course will assist the Christopher Dawson Centre (http://www.dawsoncentre.org).

To enrol and for further information contact dccdain@gmail.com.


21 – 25 JANUARY, 2019

Dr David Daintree of the Christopher Dawson Centre, in association with the Verbum Domini Institute, will offer an intensive course in the koine Greek of the New Testament. It will be a continuation of last summer’s course that is also suitable for virtual beginners who are willing to undertake some preliminary work on the Greek alphabet.  We shall read passages from the Gospels and from Christian literature of the apostolic age.

Where: Hobart, 35 Tower Road, New Town

When: Monday 21 January to Friday 25 January 2019

Time: 9.00 am to 3.00 pm each day for five days

Cost: $100 (pension concession available). Meals and accommodation are not included

Some prior knowledge of Greek is desirable, but beginners can purchase a self-instruction primer and work on the basics between now and the start of the course. It is particularly important to begin the course with a comfortable recognition knowledge of the Greek alphabet, otherwise learning even basic grammar and vocabulary will be frustrating and inefficient. An alphabet recognition exercise will be sent to registered participants prior to the start of the course. Participants will never be embarrassed if their Greek is imperfect: the teaching method leaves the entire task of translation and exposition to the Lecturer. This approach has been useful to relative beginners as well as those who are more experienced.

Each intending participant should purchase, as soon as possible, a copy of Gavin Betts, Complete New Testament Greek: A Comprehensive Guide to Reading and Understanding New Testament Greek with Original Texts, available from the Book Depository for A$32.65 (postage included).

The Lecturer is Dr David Daintree who founded the Annual Latin Summer School in Hobart in 1993. Proceeds from this course will go to support The Christopher Dawson Centre.


There will be four lectures a day on each of the five days, starting at 9.00 am. There will be only one lecture after lunch each day, to free up the afternoons for private study.