Living Latin in Rome

Living Latin in Rome

Vergil and the Epic Tradition

June 30, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Course Description

Living Latin in Rome is an intensive Latin experience set in the city of Rome. In two seminar-style meetings every day, participants read and discuss Latin literature and Roman history and culture. To the extent possible, the language of instruction in these seminars is Latin. 

In addition to the daily seminar sessions, the program includes a variety of optional programming designed to build students’ facility in speaking and understanding Latin, as well as lectures on topics relating to Roman history and culture, and visits to historical sites in Rome. The program also features a trip to an important site outside of Rome that is relevant to the program’s theme. 

In 2024, Living Latin in Rome will focus on Vergil and Latin Epic, reading selections from Vergil's Aeneid as well as other Latin epic poets influenced by Vergil.  From Thursday, July 4th to Saturday, July 6th, the program will visit the Bay of Naples area.


Participants should know the basics of Latin grammar. This usually means the equivalent of one year of college, two years of high-school Latin, or completing Paideia’s self-paced online Living Latin course. No experience speaking Latin is required, but experienced Latin speakers are also encouraged to apply. Paideia alumni and Nexus members are particularly encouraged to apply.

Participants must be 18 years or older. Students under the age of 18 should consider Living Latin in Rome High School.


Classes for Living Latin in Rome take place in modern, air-conditioned classrooms at the Forma Spazi conference center in the Monti neighborhood of Rome.



Tuition and Fees

The tuition for Living Latin in Rome is: $2500. This includes instruction, transportation, housing during the program’s weekend trip to the Bay of Naples, and three group meals. It does not include housing in Rome. Airfare and transportation to and from the airport are not included, and participants must bring their own edition of the course’s main text.

Housing and Other Costs

Participants must arrange their own housing in Rome (housing during the weekend trip will be provided by the Institute). The Paideia Institute has negotiated discounted group rates with trusted housing providers in centrally located hotels. Approximate rates for each type of lodging for the duration of the program are listed below. Contact information for housing providers and group discount codes (if available) will be provided upon acceptance.  Participants will also be able to contact each other to arrange shared housing if desired.

Estimated costs of housing at suggested hotels are below (subject to availability):

  • Dorm accommodation: $600
  • Hotel room shared with another program participant: $850
  • Single Hotel Room: $1200
  • Apartment: $1400

Airfare, transportation to and from the airport, daily expenses for meals, and spending money are not included in the cost of tuition. The cost of life in Rome can vary greatly depending on one’s tastes, but at the very least we recommend that participants budget €25/day for food. Please consider the exchange rate when planning your budget.


The Paideia Institute is able to offer a number of full and partial scholarships to participants with demonstrated financial need. Please visit our scholarships page to learn more. Scholarship applications received by the priority application deadline for the program (March 1, 2024) will receive fullest consideration.

Request an Application

For the highest chance of admission, please submit your completed application by the priority deadline of March 1, 2024. Applications received after March 1 will be considered on a rolling basis while space is available.

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What People Are Saying

"Paideia excelled at its goal of loci in locis. The readings were carefully chosen and read in a way that evoked both deeper thought about the text and greater appreciation for where and when it was written. These poems will stick with us for years to come. " - Robert C. '22

"I had the best experience at the Living Latin in Rome program this summer! The loci in locis program has enriched my appreciation for the language and the culture surrounding it. Latin has always been my passion and I really loved the chance to see the city with other people who share that passion with me." - Grace Kelley '22

"Through Living Latin in Rome, I’ve become far more comfortable approaching texts from any era. Each day, I felt reinvigorated about the study of the language and my commitment to a career in Classics. LLiR made the Latin jump of the page, transforming it into something tangible and engaging. I’m thrilled with how much I learned, how much I’ve grown, and the incredible friends I’ve met along the way, with whom I’m already planning reunions at the next Living Latin in NYC!" - Caroline Spurr '19