Latin, the language of Latium, the area around Rome, spread along with Roman control to most parts of the western Mediterranean basin and western Europe, and over centuries developed into the “Romance” languages of today (Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, Romanian). Even after the fall of the western Roman Empire, Latin remained the language of the Church, law, and science, strongly influencing even Germanic languages such as English. A knowledge of Latin therefore provides a deeper understanding of many modern languages, and is an essential tool for scholars in fields such as linguistics, philosophy, archaeology, history, art, literature and religion, concerning not only the Classical period but also mediaeval, renaissance and later centuries during which time Latin was the recognized universal language throughout Europe. The two-year course concentrates on Classical Latin,  while the subsequent text-reading course admits Latin texts from any period (currently Cicero’s De Amicitia and a mediaeval medical/philosophical text by ps-John of Salisbury). The beginners’ course introduces the student to basic grammar and syntax, with exercises into and out of Latin (story-writing in Latin is encouraged), while the intermediate course introduces more advanced syntax and ends with a semester reading part of Caesar’s De Bello Gallico.

Latin Beginners: syllabus
Latin Advanced: syllabus
Latin- Text Reading: syllabus