Living Latin in Paris is an intensive Latin experience focusing on Medieval Latin and set in Paris. Participants read important Latin texts from the Medieval to the Renaissance period that relate to the city of Paris, the intellectual capital of Medieval Europe. Daily readings are paired with visits to important historical and literary sites in Paris and its environs. Both on site and in the classroom, participants are encouraged to communicate with instructors and each other in Latin. The program's goal is to provide an intensive period of Medieval Latin study while helping participants form strong connections with Medieval Latin literature and culture.
Participants must be over the age of 18 by the time the program starts and should know the basics of Latin grammar. This usually means the equivalent of one year of college or two years of high-school Latin. No experience speaking Latin is required, but experienced Latin speakers are also encouraged to apply.
Classroom and Housing
Classes for Living Latin in Paris are held in the Monastery of the Congregation de St. Esprit, one of the last remaining monasteries in the Latin Quarter. Le Quartier Latin takes its name from the Medieval students at the Sorbonne, who continued to speak Latin long after the rest of Europe had begun speaking the vernacular languages.
Course participants can stay in triple or quadruple rooms with other participants in the Hotel Marignan. Participants selecting this option will be matched by gender and age. Alternatively, participants may elect to find and pay for their own housing in Paris. We recommend staying in the Latin Quarter, so as to be close to the classroom and meeting spots. There are many comfortable and affordable options in the area, for example the Hotel Cujas.
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The Program take place in the Latin Quarter, in the vicinity of the Sorbonne.
The course is hosted in the Monastery of Saint Esprit, one of the last functioning monasteries in Paris.
Classes take place in classrooms located within the monastery.
Participants may stay in shared hotel rooms in the Latin Quarter.
Daniel Gallagher holds degrees from the University of Michigan (B.S. and M.A.), the Catholic University of America (M.A. in Philosophy), and the Pontifical Gregorian University (S.T.L.). From 1995 to 2000, he studied Latin under the expert instruction of Fr. Reginald Foster, O.C.D., whom he succeeded in the Office of Latin Letters at the Vatican Secretariat of State in 2007 - 2016. He is currently the Ralph and Jeanne Kanders Associate Professor of the Practice in Latin at Cornell University.
Eric Hewett, co-founder and Executive Director of the Paideia Institute, graduated from Rice University in 1996 with a B.A. in Linguistics, with a focus on historical linguistics, Ancient Greek and Sanskrit. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania Post-Bachelor in Classics. He spent the next seven years living and traveling in Western Europe, working as a teacher, tour guide, and translator. He speaks French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Basque and is a published translator of Basque poetry. In 2004 Eric moved to Rome, where he has earned an M.A. in Patristic Sciences from the Augustinianum Pontifical Institute of the Lateran University and a joint Ph.D. in Medieval Philosophy from the University of Salerno and Patristic Sciences from the Augustinianum. Eric serves as the Institute's Executive Director and Treasurer.
Cat Lambert is a Ph.D. student at Columbia University and holds a B.A. in Classics from Princeton University. She specializes in ancient book culture, combining book historical approaches with literary and performance criticism in order to situate material texts in a larger social world, showing how physical books and other inscribed objects participate in the construction of style, gender, power, and the body. She is currently working on two projects: one on ancient Roman bookworms (of the entomological variety), and the other on book roles in Attic Comedy. She also has an abiding interest in the poetics and language of desire, gender, and sexuality from Sappho to C. P. Cavafy. Before starting her Ph.D. at Columbia in 2016, Cat served as the Annenberg Fellow at Eton College in the U.K., where she taught Latin and Greek to boys in tailcoats and coached rugby. Cat is passionate about engaged pedagogy, καρπούζι, and anything written by Sara Ahmed.
Outreach Manager; Onassis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow
Marco Romani Mistretta
Before joining the Paideia Institute, Marco Romani Mistretta received a PhD in Classical Philology from Harvard University. At Paideia, his main duties include managing Aequora and the Legion Project, developing curricular materials, and co-supervising the Institute’s Summer Humanities Internship. As a classicist, he has taught a number of courses on ancient languages, literature, and philosophy. He has also published research articles on science and technology in the ancient world, as well as on the history of Classical scholarship in modern Europe.