Iter Salemense

A Latin Scavenger Hunt in Salem, Massachusetts

Saturday, October 14, 10am-1pm



High school students are invited to experience Latin as a living language while exploring the fascinating and spooky city of Salem, Massachusetts at the Paideia Institute’s Iter Salemense - just in time for Halloween! Students will experience the Latin hidden in Salem, including its famous graveyard, by participating in an ambulatio (Latin language walk), playing interactive Latin games, and through listening to ancient Roman ghost stories! Featured texts will include Pliny the Younger’s haunted house letter, the Malleus Maleficarum, a witch-hunting manual from 1486, and the Aberdeen Bestiary, a medieval description of fantastic beasts (and where to find them)! Instructors trained in active Latin will provide tours, lead games and more.

Middle and high school students at all levels of Latin are welcome. Latin teachers are encouraged to attend with their students to participate and learn about active Latin and spoken language pedagogy.

Following the conclusion of the Iter, participants are welcome to join the Paideia staff for lunch, Latin conversation and discussion of pedagogy (cost of lunch is not included in the price of the Iter).


The event will take place in Salem, Massachusetts. Participants should arrive at 10am at Lappin Park (at the intersection of Essex St. and Washington St.), where Paideia staff members will check in participants before explaining the rules and plans for the event. Salem is accessible by car or the MBTA public transportation. For information on public transportation to Salem, click here.

NOTA BENE - Salem can be very busy in October and parking can be hard to come by, so make sure to arrive early. For more information on parking in Salem, click here. For parking large vehicles, please click here.


This event is full and registration is now closed! We look forward to seeing you in Salem on Saturday.