Intensive Latin Exercises

Intensive Latin Exercises

Course Description: We will meet four nights a week (an hour per session), doing drills and exercises to start thinking in Latin. The aim is to help students with a basic knowledge of Latin grammar to build confidence, preparing them for taking courses that require reading proficiency or conversation. Exercises will include: drills (conjugating verbs and declining nouns, adjectives, and pronouns); asking questions and providing answers in Latin; translating English sentences into Latin; and other exercises based on the readings in Latin Via Ovid (2nd edition). We will begin with Chapter 1 and work through the exercises systematically, at a pace conducive to the internalization of the material, striving for fluent thought and expression.


Level: Intended for students with a basic knowledge of Latin grammar who wish to improve their proficiency and start thinking in Latin, in order to prepare for advanced reading or conversational courses.

Textbook:  Latin via Ovid, by Goldman and Nyenhuis (2e, Wayne State University Press, 1982)

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

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 8:30pm-9:30pm EDT


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Robert Ziomkowski

Robert Ziomkowski has degrees in History from Siena College (B.A., 1991) and Cornell University (M.A., 1994; Ph.D., 2000), and a post-doctoral degree from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (L.M.S., 2002). His research focuses on medieval Platonism and cosmology. His publications include a translation and study of a text by the eleventh-century polemicist Manegold of Lautenbach, as well as a study guide for Western Civilization and articles in the New Dictionary of the History of Ideas and PLOS ONE (“Mathematical Philology”). He attended Fr. Reginald Foster’s summer Latin course in 1994 while doing manuscript research at the Vatican Library, and his fascination with human languages has merged with an interest in computer languages (JavaScript, Python) for the creation of computerized Latin exercises. His other interests include animation and video editing; with his former students at Ithaca College, he produced a short film in Latin on Homer’s Odyssey entitled Ulixes.