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
Student housing and classrooms for Living Latin in Paris are located 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.
For photos of classrooms and accommodation click here.
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.
Meaghan is a graduate student at Brown University and has a B.A. in classics from Stanford University, where she wrote a thesis on the relationship between politics, poetry, and gender in Catullus. Her other interests include ancient religion, Latin and Greek syntax, intellectual history, and Red Sox baseball. She is an alumna of Living Latin in Paris (2016), and was a Rome Fellow (2016-2017).
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.
Roberto Salazar is a Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature at the University of Versailles. A former fellow of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, he holds a double B.A. in Classics and Philosophy, and an M.A. in Classics and Comparative Literature (Paris-Sorbonne). He is interested in the reception of classical works in the Arab World, Modern Greece and Latin America (Borges in particular), and has done research on European Classical Reception and Neo-Latin. Over the years he has developed a keen interest in learning and teaching languages, both ancient and modern. He has taught Latin and Greek in Bogota, Paris and Berlin. He currently leads the Spoken Latin workshop at the ENS and is writing a second M.A. thesis on Homeric Classical Scholarship.