Christopher Dawson Centre

Summer School In Latin, Rome

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.


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 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.

There will be a strong emphasis on later 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 Assor Metamorphosesof 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.

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).


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, airfares 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)

 ‘David Daintree’s Latin Summer Schools provide an ideal mix of Latin, history, culture, and conviviality.’ (Michael Gray, Lawyer, Sydney)



Please complete and submit this form and pay the initial non-refundable deposit as soon as possible. Please read all information on the

form carefully as it outlines your contractual obligations. Your personal

information contained in this form will be treated with security and privacy.


Title (Dr, Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms):

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I would like to enrol in the Latin Summer School in Rome, 7-20 July 2019

☐  I wish to do the Beginner’s Stream.

☐  I wish to do the Advanced Stream

Note that this decision is not binding; you may move freely between streams to suit your interests and your progress


*    31 January 2019

Submit your Enrolment form and pay first instalment of the Tuition Fee.

*    7 July 2019

Recommended arrival date


Cost of Tuition 700 Euros


Accommodation 13 nights (please select):

☐ Single – 1235 Euros (95 Euros per night)

☐ Shared (double) – 780 Euros (60 Euros per night)

(Optional) preferred room mate____________________________

Note that the Bernardi campus has a limited number of single rooms, and that if you choose the single option you might be allocated to a double room – for your sole occupancy.  A room with private facilities cannot be guaranteed.

Participants should check-in between 12 pm and 5 pm on 7 July 2019.  Participants must comply with the University of St Thomas rules for the Bernardi Campus. Note that alcohol and tobacco products are not permitted on campus.

Requests to arrive before 7 July and/or to remain after 20 July should be addressed to the Dawson Centre but must be confirmed by the Bernardi Campus manager and, if accepted, will be charged additionally pro rata.


The excursions entail some long walks in the middle of a hot Roman summer!  Nothing is compulsory, of course, but participants on the excursions must be fit to walk and endure heat.  Suitable clothing is essential.

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All participants must have valid passports (at least 12 months validity at the date of entry into Italy) to travel to Italy.

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All participants are advised to have proper travel insurance for the full duration of the programme.

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The full cost of the Latin School is:

Tuition 700 Euros


Accommodation (room plus continental breakfast daily)

Single 1235 Euros

Shared 780 Euros

Please select method of payment you prefer to pay tuition fees

☐ I will pay the full fee in advance

☐ I will pay the deposit of A$500.00 now and the balance at least one month prior to the beginning of the course.


All fees must be paid in Australian dollars (A$).  The following conversion rates are locked in as at 15 December 2018 and will remain in force from this date:

Full course shared accommodation 1480 Euros – A$2350.00

Full course single accommodation 1935 Euros – A$3050.00

This price includes accommodation in Rome, local excursions on foot as listed in the School programme (incl. admission fees where appropriate), cost of teaching facilities, course material, breakfasts.

The price does notinclude airfares, travel insurance, local transport and daily meals (except breakfast).  All participants are required to make their travel arrangements to the campus and to organise their own catering.

  1. The first instalment of A$500 is not refundablefor change of mind.


In the event you cancel your participation, you will be charged:

Cancellation prior to 7 May 2019, full refund less the $500 non-refundable deposit.

Cancellation on or after 7 May 2019, no refund.

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Please scan and return completed form (plus payment) to director@dawsoncentre.orgor post hard copy to PO Box 68, Colebrook, Tasmania, Australia.

All enquiries regarding the Rome Latin School to be directed to the same address.