CHRISTOPHER DAWSON CENTRE FOR CULTURAL STUDIES
LATIN SUMMER SCHOOL, ROME, 5-18 JULY 2020
Christopher Dawson Centre
Summer School In Latin, Rome
5-18 July 2020
An intensive Latin Language course and reading party. 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 read 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 course will guide participants through selected literature from the earliest times to the present, including the emergence of the Italian vernacular. 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.
WHAT SHALL WE READ?
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 to individual needs. 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, though we shall not neglect Cicero and Virgil. Other areas for special attention will be: the Roman novel (The 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).
A copy of our own Anthology of Latin poetry and prose will be provided to each student as part of the enrolment package. Students wishing to purchase reference books might consider James Morwood’s Latin Grammar (Oxford University Press, 1999), though some may prefer the fuller treatments given in Kennedy’s Revised Latin Primer, ed. Sir James Mountford (Longmans, 1962). The smartphone app SPQR is an excellent and inexpensive additional resource.
The Bernardi Campus of the University of St Thomas, in the Prati region across the road from the Tiber in central Rome, and close to sites of extraordinary interest and beauty.
The total base cost of the two-week programme is 1980 Euros per person twin-share, comprising 780 Euros for bed and breakfast (13 nights, in 5 July out 18 July), and 1200 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 or before 5 July (additional nights will be charged on a pro rata basis). 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.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND ENROLMENTS
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Dr Robert H. F. Carver, BA (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 (UNE), MLitt (Cantab), PhD (UTas)
David Daintree 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 (University of Tasmania), Rector of St John’s College (University of Sydney) and President of Campion College Australia. He is currently Director of the Christopher Dawson Centre, Hobart
FROM FORMER STUDENTS
‘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)
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Tuition and accommodation (including breakfasts) for 13 nights, IN Sunday 5th night OUT Saturday 18th (please select):
☐ Single – 2435 Euros
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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.
All rooms have air conditioning. The building is highly secure, comfortably appointed, and located in a quiet and attractive neighbourhood within comfortable walking distance of the historic centre of Rome.
Rooms with private facilities are available for an additional charge: please request a quote.
Participants should check in between 12 pm and 5 pm on Sunday 5 July 2020. Early or late departures can be arranged and will be charged at the same daily rate (60 Euros per night shared, 95 Euros single occupancy). Please advise your requirements as soon as possible.
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.
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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Full course shared accommodation 1980 Euros – A$3,195.00
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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.
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