Living Latin in Rome

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SESSION 1 - CATULLUS: June 28 - July 11, 2020

SESSION 2 - OVID: July 12 - July 25, 2020

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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. According to participants’ ability, the language of instruction 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 in both English and Latin on topics relating to Roman history and culture, and visits to historical sites in Rome. Every year Living Latin in Rome also features a trip to an important site outside of Rome that is relevant to the program’s theme.

In 2020, two sessions of Living Latin in Rome will run back to back in late June and July. Session one will focus on the poetry of Catullus and visit Verona and the Sirmio Peninsula, where Catullus had his summer villa. Session two will focus on the poetry of Ovid and visit Sulmona, where Ovid was born in the mountains of Abruzzo.


This program welcomes students of all levels of Latin, from beginners through highly experienced Latin speakers. The program’s lower levels welcome beginning Latin students and include both reading of the text and grammatical review. The upper levels aim to read an entire text and discuss it in Latin. Paideia alumni and Nexus Members programs are particularly encouraged to apply.

Classroom and Housing

Classes for Living Latin in Rome take place in modern, air-conditioned classrooms in the Prati neighborhood of Rome. Housing is available through the institute in a shared hotel room. Single rooms may be available for a supplement. Students are free to seek their own housing in Rome.



  • Tuition with housing per session: $2900
  • Tuition without housing per session: $1800
  • This amount includes tuition, site visits, some course materials, some course meals, and housing during the course’s weekend trip. Airfare is not included, and participants must bring their own edition of the course’s main text.


The Paideia Institute is able to offer a number of full and partial scholarship to participants with financial need. Please visit our scholarships page to learn more. 

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