We are glad that you have decided to participate in Living Latin Online, an intensive online summer Latin program organized by the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc. We are very much looking forward to working with you to help you develop your knowledge of Latin as we get to know you virtually.
NEW COURSE THEME AND TEXTS
This online program will be dedicated to Seneca’s Moral Letters to Lucilius. Through his letters, Seneca explores the relationship between teacher and student, between author and reader, and between expressing ideas and putting them into practice.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR YOUR ONLINE EXPERIENCE
The course will run from June 25th - July 9th, Monday to Friday for a total of ten sessions. Here is an overview of the program schedule:
- Daily, you will meet in a small group with a Paideia faculty member for intensive reading and discussion of the set text. You will also devote some time outside of class to read and prepare your texts.
- In addition to the scheduled classes, the program will offer at least one optional online guest lecture in English on a topic related to the course theme. This lecture will be streamed as a live webinar and followed by online discussion in English. It will be recorded and made available to program participants who cannot attend the livestream.
Small groups will be formed based on participants’ experience with Latin, time zone, and availability during the time of the program. Please be sure to indicate this information using the scheduling button below so that we can place you in the appropriate section.
This program welcomes students of all levels of Latin, from beginners through highly experienced Latinists. 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 and discuss entire texts in Latin. Paideia alumni and Nexus Members programs are particularly encouraged to apply.
BOOKS AND RESOURCES
Texts, Translations, and Commentaries of the Moral Letters to Lucilius
The standard Latin text of the Moral Letters to Lucilius, L.D. Reynold’s 1965 Oxford Classical Text, is available online from The Packard Humanities Institute here. The new standard English translation is that of M. Graver and A.A. Long (2017) in the University of Chicago Press series translating the complete works of Seneca. The Loeb translation of R.M. Gummere, published from 1917-1925, is available online here. There is no standard commentary on the entirety of the work in any language, but a helpful list of commentaries treating select letters is available here. Your instructor may provide additional resources.
In order to facilitate classroom discussions, we request that all participants have access to the same dictionary and grammar books:
- Lewis and Short’s Latin Dictionary – This lexicon covers a wide chronological range and will help us as we work through readings from antiquity to the modern era. Most of Lewis and Short is now available for free via Logeion, which also exists as an app.
- Instructors will make reference to both Allen and Greenough’s New Latin Grammar and Gildersleeve and Lodge's Latin Grammar. Both of these grammars are available as free PDFs online at the links above.
You will get more out of Living Latin Online if you arrive with a strong foundation in Latin grammar and a strong active vocabulary. Below are some great resources for gaining the skills you need to enjoy the literature we will be reading.
- Participants who feel a need to review their grammar and forms should purchase and work through the first 10 chapters of Excelability in Advanced Latin by Marianthe Colakis before the program starts. This is a concise and straightforward review of Latin grammar. It is also available as an ebook.
- Absolute Latin beginners may enjoy Duolingo’s Latin Course, developed in partnership with the Paideia Institute.
- A broad vocabulary is essential for enjoying Latin texts. The Latin Vocabulary List available through Dickinson College is an excellent resource for learning the words that most frequently occur in Latin literature. Challenge yourself to know as many of these words as possible English --> Latin before the program starts. If you like flash cards, they are available as a digital Quizlet set here, but many people find paper flashcards better for learning.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for this program at no cost. If you are interested in earning CEU credit, please let us know and we will provide you with more information.
PAYMENT AND FORMS
Please click the button below to confirm your personal information and enroll in the program by June 1st.
The $500 tuition balance is due by June 1st. Please make your payment by ACH transfer or credit card below.
Please note that payment by credit card includes a 3% convenience fee.