Atticus and Cicero: Intermediate-High Spoken Latin Reading

Atticus and Cicero: Intermediate-High Spoken Latin Reading

Course Description: Ready to jump into Cicero, the gold standard for good Latin, but nervous to tackle it for the first time? Or have you read “the usual” works, but want to get better acquainted with Cicero the human being, not merely the politician and philosopher? In this course we’ll read selections from Cornelius’ Nepos Life of Atticus, and Cicero’s Letters, to try to get a fuller view of the famous orator through his communications with his best friend Atticus and discuss them entirely in Latin. Students will be provided a reading list early in the course and will be encouraged to prepare the texts ahead of time, but not required.


Level: Intermediate-Advanced

Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.

Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Wednesdays, 6:30pm U.S. Eastern Time


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Michael Sweet

Salve! I'm Michael (Meletus latine) Sweet. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in the Liberal Arts from Hiram College with a major in Philosophy, Master’s Degrees from Kent State University in Philosophy and Latin Literature, studied Ancient Greek as a living language for a semester at Polis – The Jerusalem Institute of Humanities and Languages in Israel, and Latin as a living language in Rome and Paris with the Paideia Institute, and at many Rusticationes and Bidua with SALVI (The North American Institute of Living Latin Studies) in the United States.

In addition to private tutoring that I’ve done since 2013, I work as an Adjunct Instructor with Kent State University in both the Philosophy and Modern and Classical Language Departments, have been an instructor for the Paideia Institute’s Telepaideia program, taught one semester as graduate instructor of Latin at the Polis – The Jerusalem Institute of Humanities and Languages, and was a K-6 Latin teacher in Cincinnati Public Schools for two years.

I currently live near Minneapolis, Minnesota with my partner, another Latin teacher who teaches at an elementary school full time, and our collection of books which is beginning to break the limits of our small apartment. When other things aren’t pressing, I enjoy old Nintendo games, I’m working on my skills in Italian, enjoy small art projects and reading (well, listening to audiobooks these days) science fiction and fantasy, as well as non-fiction history and philosophy texts. I also recently got into writing with a typewriter as a hobby.

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