Living Latin and Greek

A Conference for High School Students

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Sunday, November 2nd, 2014, 3pm - 8pm at the Westtown School


Juniors and Seniors from the Philadelphia area are invited to join the Paideia Institute to experience Latin and Greek as living languages.  This conference will include sessions on spoken Latin and Ancient Greek, ancient metrics, Greek dance as well as a talk by University of Pennsylvania Professor Ralph Rosen. Undergraduates and graduate students in Classics will be on hand to discuss their experience studying classics in college. High school Latin and Greek teachers are encouraged to attend with their students.


The conference will take place at the meetinghouse of the Westtown School located at 975 Westtown Rd, West Chester, PA 19382.  For a map, please click here.

Guest Speaker

Ralph Rosen

The Paideia Institute is happy to welcome Prof. Ralph Rosen of The University of Pennsylvania as guest speaker.  Prof. Rosen has a Ph.D. from Harvard University and is a specialist in the ancient medicine and satire.


3:00 – 3:30 - Convocation

  • Welcome, introduction and explanation of the day's events.

3:30 – 4:15 - Session 1: Living Latin and Greek

  • Students practice Latin and Greek as conversational languages.

4:15 – 5:00 - Session 2: Meter Matters

  • An introduction to appreciating ancient poetic meter.

5:00 – 6:00 - Session 3: - The Ancient Roots of Greek Folk Dance

  • Students learn a greek dance and explore the medium for traces of the ancient world.

6:00 – 7:00 - Lecture 

  • Prof. Ralph Rosen of The University of Pennsylvania will deliver a guest lecture on his scholarly interests and career.

7:00 – 8:00 - Group Dinner

  • A Mediterranean dinner courtesy of the Westtown School.

Registration and Cost

All teachers must register and pay in advance using this online form.  The cost of the conference is $25 / person and includes dinner.  Limited scholarships are available for students with financial need. Please direct any questions to [email protected] or call 609.429.0734.