Iter Zoologicum

An Active Latin Event for High School and College Students

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Saturday October 3, 2015, 9:30 am-2 pm at the Philadelphia Zoo


High school and college Latin students are invited to experience Latin as a living language at the Paideia Institute's Iter Zoologicum. Paideia instructors will introduce participants to spoken Latin by guiding them through the Philadelphia Zoo. Graduate students will be available throughout the day to discuss their experience studying classics after college. The event will feature a talk on ancient animals by Professor Matthew McGowan of Fordham University. 

Students with a year or more of high school Latin are welcome. Students will be divided into groups based on experience. Latin teachers and professors are encouraged to attend with their students to participate and learn about spoken language pedagogy.


The event will take place at the Philadelphia Zoo at 3400 W Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104. 

Participants should plan to arrive at 9:30 am to sign in at the Paideia Registration Table and collect admissions tickets. The event begins at 10 am. 

Guest Speaker 


The Paideia Institute is pleased to welcome Professor Matthew McGowan of Fordham University as guest speaker. He has a B.A. in Classics from the College of the Holy Cross (1993) and a Ph.D. from New York University (2002). His scholarly interests range broadly over Greek and Latin literature, ancient religion, and the classical tradition. 


All participants must register and pay in advance using this online form. The cost of the event is $30/person and includes admissions to the zoo. Lunch is not included; participants are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch or they may purchase food at the zoo.

Limited scholarships are available for students with financial need. The registration deadline is September 25, 2015. 

Please direct questions to [email protected] or call 609.429.0734