Living Latin in Rome

June 7 - July 13, 2014


Course Description

Living Latin in Rome is an intensive Latin experience set in the city of Rome. Participants read selections of the most important texts from across the history of the Latin language, including the late antique, Patristic, medieval, Renaissance and modern periods. Each text selected is linked to an important physical monument or place in the city of Rome, which the program visits on scheduled weekly site visits. The program’s goal is to provide an intensive and continuous period of study of Latin while helping participants form strong emotional connections with Latin literature and culture.

Living Latin in Rome lasts for five weeks in June and early July. It has five different kinds of classes: classroom sessions in air-conditioned, wifi-enabled classrooms, informal conversational Latin sub arboribus, interactive visits to important historical and literary sites in Rome, lectures in English on different aspects of Latin and its literature, and weekend trips to important sites outside of Rome.


Participants must be at least 18 years old and know the basics of Latin grammar. This usually means at least one year of Latin at the university level or its equivalent. All participants must be over 18 by the start of the program.

Classroom and Housing

Classes for Living Latin in Rome take place in modern, air-conditioned classrooms in the Prati neighborhood of Rome.
Housing is available through the Institute in double rooms in shared apartments of four to six students. Institute apartments are in easily commutable distance from class and have a shared kitchen and bath. All apartments have wireless internet. Students are free to seek their own housing in Rome, but due to the difficulty and expense of finding suitable short-term housing in the summer, applicants are encouraged to seek housing through the Institute.

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Tuition and Fees

The cost of Living Latin in Rome is $3850

This amount includes tuition, housing, site visits, course materials, and transportation to and from Rome's Fiumicino airport. Airfare is not included.


To request an application for Living Latin in Rome, please contact  The admissions committee will begin reviewing applications on February 15th, 2014.  To guarantee full consideration, all application materials must be received by this date.


"Many components of LLiR, such as the combination of site visits and language learning, are quite obviously amazing: who wouldn’t want to read Pliny on top of Vesuvius or Vergil at Cumae, recite Cicero on the Forum and meander through Pompeii speaking only Latin? Similarly, constant sight reading, reading in metre, and most importantly speaking Latin do result in a completely new understanding and appreciation of the language and tangible improvement. But for me the greatest part, or perhaps side-effect, happened so effortlessly I only realized it a few weeks in: Latin stops feeling like work, however enjoyable, and instead casually becomes a most natural way to spend your time, and the only way you’d want to spend it - a feeling that outlasts the program itself."

-Lea Schroeder ‘13, Dartmouth College-

"In Living Latin in Rome I encountered the Latin language in ways I did not think possible. The program's approach tore down the standard approach to Latin: that it is a puzzle, some esoteric string of clues, the pieces of which need to be forced together in order to be solved. Rather, The Paideia Institute helped me see Latin for what it is: a language that was spoken and used by people. This approach to teaching really helped to quell my fear of Latin and facilitated my understanding of the language. LLiR improved my understanding so much so that I am now finding my Latin 3 class to be a breeze; LLiR instilled in me such a deep understanding of the syntax, morphology, and the different styles of Latin that I am now able to consider reading Caesar in class as thoroughly enjoyable, rather than an exercise in futility. But, the best part of the program was that the city was our classroom. Traversing the caput mundi with 35 like-minded peers, I experienced sights such as the Coliseum, the Villa Borghese, and the Vatican in a meaningful and revealing way. The staff were so knowledgable about every site that I now feel I truly know the city of Rome. Whether I was learning about Latin with the group, or was learning about life from a different perspective as I explored a new country alone or with friends, I felt truly enamored by my surroundings, truly privileged to be a part of such a wonderful program."

-Edward Schade '13, University of Illinois-

"The most personally discernible and rewarding thing that I have taken away from the program has been a deeper understanding and appreciation of the liberal arts and what they stand for. I believe that in becoming more technically oriented, the higher education system of the West has, for the most part, lost touch with the true purpose upon which it was founded in Athens nearly 2400 years ago, namely to cultivate virtue in youths and consequently lay the foundation for a virtuous society. The Paideia Institute is at the front lines of bringing true liberality - the pursuit of human flourishing - back into higher education, placing the pursuit of knowledge in its full historic context."

-Miklos Szebeni '13, Princeton University-

"Living Latin in Rome gave me everything that a college classroom education couldn't. We tied the literature we read to the archaeological ruins by visiting actual sites such as the Forum, the Via Appia, and Mt. Vesuvius, and enjoyed the Latin language just as the Romans did: not as a code to be cracked, but as an actual means of expression. Strolling the streets of Pompeii, speaking only in Latin, was the closest I've ever felt to antiquity. The program was relaxed, yet I was intellectually challenged: reading Latin out loud and then being asked to paraphrase what I'd just read--in Latin--truly took my reading comprehension to the next level, and my grammar became sharper. LLIR also emphasized facets of Latin that are sometimes neglected in college literature classes: sight-reading, reading in meter, and medieval and Renaissance Latin (though I will always remember reciting Cicero in the Forum and Horace at the Fons Bandusiae!). It was a Classics major's heaven: surrounded by fellow Latin enthusiasts, communicating in an ancient language in the place where every Latin student can feel at home: Rome."

Kelly Lougheed '12, Brown University-

"My first trip to Rome -- I wouldn't have had it otherwise! It was an initiation into the practice of the "living" Latin tradition and a new, challenging and very personal experience of Latin the language, Latin the phenomenon. The instructors, although very different from one another, complemented each other exceedingly well. I'm glad I was exposed to a variety of different styles and approaches. There's nothing quite like learning Latin in Rome and literally being embedded in the physicality of a world otherwise accessible only through disembodied texts. It's just an entirely different thing. I've not looked at Latin the same way since."

-Alice Yeh '12, University of California, Berkeley-

"Living Latin in Rome was something I will never forget, always cherish, and cannot quite express in words-- although I’ll try. Not only did it drastically improve my Latin to the point that I walked into my 3000 level Latin class this fall (my standard level of the past year) and I immediately felt that it was too elementary, but it was so much more than that pedagogically. Sure, I’ve known how to scan dactylic hexameter for years but now I can read it fluidly at sight; now I can use conversational idioms correctly; now I can rap Horace’s Ode 1.9 in meter. But what I learned doesn’t compare to how I learned it. Eric and Jason created a chill atmosphere but never ceased to make us think. They gave us exclusive tours of places that very few get to experience, such as the Vatican necropolis and the auditorium of Maecenas, all the while Eric supplied his never ending deluge of historical and religious knowledge, and Jason explained the linguistic or metrical nuances of the Latin. I read so much Latin that is often ignored in academia, ranging from biblical texts and medieval philosophy to operas and German drinking songs; while walking down the hill to the beautiful Lake Bracciano we sang, Navis Lutea, or as some may know it, Yellow Submarine. It was the perfect balance of work and play, or maybe it was all work that seemed like play. Either way, it was an incredible summer and taught me more than I could have ever hoped to learn."

-Lillian De Lisle '11, University of Virginia-

"This summer was one of the most incredible of my life - one steeped in language, history, and, yes, even modern culture. Speaking the language I've spent six years reading and writing was like learning it all over again. My understandings of Latin and what it means to study a language have been completely refreshed through small class translation work and adventures throughout Italy. I've utilized my Latin skills in ways that I could not have imagined. Debate at the Colosseum? Check. Latin tour of Vatican City and excavations? Check. Daily conversation in my Roman apartment? Check. This program is one-of-a-kind and is true to its name: Living Latin in Rome. Veni, vidi, vixi linguam latinam. I came (to Rome), I saw (the sights), I lived the Latin language."

-Anna Dardick '11, Oberlin College-

"Living Latin in Rome changed the way I think about Latin as a language. By connecting literature to actual historical sites, the culture came alive in a way I had never thought possible. Through my experience with the program in Rome, I realized that there is more to Latin than analyzing it like a micro-organism under a microscope – there’s an entirely different component: considering the language as a means of communication, and becoming familiar with the flow between words and ideas in Latin; that is to say, thinking about Latin as a language instead of a puzzle."

-Alexander Craig '11, Princeton University-