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12 weeks of intensive courses - International Latin summer school

These courses, organized by the Vivarium novum Academy, are intended for its participants to develop a more thorough expertise of the classical languages as well as their teaching methodologies. Learn to fluently read, write and speak the original language of Western Civilization.

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1. The method of the Vivarium Novum: A brief history

During the 1980s a group of young classicists in Southern Italy began to gather around an old teacher and discuss the necessity of renovating the didactics of the classical languages. Young people from schools and universities from all over the world came to join them to spend years studying Latin and Greek - two languages that hardly anyone in our times manages to completely master. From the discussions held during that time the need to analyze the course of history and the art of teaching Latin arose: How did the Humanists learn this language? How did Politian, Erasmus, Vives, and Comenius teach? For this research, the students analyzed the most effective methods of modern language teaching: How was it possible that a parliamentary interpreter of Finno - Ugric languages could learn to perfectly read, write, and speak Hungarian in a relatively short period of time, but a high school student, after four or five years of study, could not comprehend even the simplest of Latin texts without the aid of dictionaries and grammar books, and without having to laboriously translate the language into his own? And yet students had four or even five hours of lessons a week, dedicating at least as much time to individual study.

The Academy Vivarium Novum has acquired a worldwide fame throughout the last decade for having studied, identified, and introduced methods for teaching Latin and Greek which may remedy this situation. It has held international conventions concerning the topic from 1991 to the present day, with the participation of the greatest experts on earth, leading to the contextual-inductive method for teaching classical languages to being diffused in Italy and revitalized in Europe as well as the United States. It has founded an international school to which students have poured in from every continent, where they acquire a full and total command of the Latin language within a very short timespan.

Since 2011 the Academy has put its competency, acquired through years of research and teaching, at the service of those who wish to learn Latin with effective results and need to do so in a rather short period of time. The course utilizes specific teaching techniques, from induction according to the natural method to the Total Physical Response, from "suggestopedia" to storytelling as well as the Rassias Method. Through active use of the language - daily conversations and writing exercises - students may experience the method of teaching employed in the Humanistic schools during the Renaissance. This mixed approach, tested for years by the experts of the Academy, allows students to attain in only eight weeks the same results that would elsewhere require up to three years of study.

This year, due to the unexpected difficulties caused by the coronavirus, the Academy, relying on years of experience teaching students from all over the world remotly through private online classes, is introducing a new way of offering its summer classes that will nonetheless preserve the core characteristics of intensive courses, which are capable of transmitting all the fundamental linguistic content in a very short period of time.

The courses are open to students of every nationality. To be able to read Latin texts fluently is a skill that not only those who study classical literature need, but also those who study Medieval and Modern history, European literary history, law, philosophy, the history of science, theology, and liturgy.




2. Modules:

All courses provide immersive teaching in Latin or Greek.

In addition to classes, students will have access to a portal specially designed for each course with multimedia exercises and additional supplementary content. Teachers will have access to the results of students’ completed exercises in order to monitor their progress and help them to overcome any difficulties they might have.

Online classes of about 20-30 students will start at different times of day in Zoom. Students will be able to choose the group whose time of day best suits them, but will not be able to change groups once they have decided. Students will also have daily online meetings with tutors in smaller groups of about 5-10 in which they will have the opportunity to complete additional exercises, practice conversing in Latin, and ask questions. The times of these daily tutoring sessions for smaller groups will be decided and announced a few days before the beginning of each course.

Courses will be held only if a minimum of 20 students is reached.




2.1. Latin (part 1)

Intended for those who have little or no previous knowledge of the Latin language and for teachers who would like to learn (by participating in education in action) techniques for actively teaching the fundamentals of Latin morphology, syntax, and vocabulary in Latin. The students will confront morphology, syntax and vocabulary (1,000 of the most frequent words). Classes will be based on the first 20 chapters of Hans H. Ørberg's book, Familia Romana, and will also preview further aspects of morphology, syntax and vocabulary contained in later chapters.


Apply Class Hours: 4 weeks, 2 hours of class and 1 hour of tutoring every day from Monday to Saturday, an estimated additional 2 hours of independent daily work.
Total: 72 class hours and 48 hours of private study; 120 total hours. (5 ECTS)
Price: 800€ (1500€ if Latin I and Latin II are booked together)

Class times for Group A: June 29 – July 25, GMT 07:00-09:00

San Francisco (-7) New York (-4) Roma (+2) Moscow (+3) Beijing (+8) Sydney (+10)
00:00 - 02:00 03:00 - 05:00 09:00 - 11:00 10:00 - 12:00 15:00 - 17:00 17:00 - 19:00


Class times for Group B: June 29 – July 25, GMT 14:30-16:30

San Francisco (-7) New York (-4) Roma (+2) Moscow (+3) Beijing (+8) Sydney (+10)
07:30 - 09:30 10:30 - 12:30 16:30 - 18:30 17:30 - 19:30 22:30 - 00:30+1 00:30+1 - 02:30+1


Class times for Group C: July 27 – August 22, GMT 07:00-09:00

San Francisco (-7) New York (-4) Roma (+2) Moscow (+3) Beijing (+8) Sydney (+10)
00:00 - 02:00 03:00 - 05:00 09:00 - 11:00 10:00 - 12:00 15:00 - 17:00 17:00 - 19:00




2.2. Latin (part 2)

This module is intended only for those students who have already completed Latin I either virtually or by attending one of the Academy's summer classes in previous years, and is designed as a direct continuation of the first module. Students will read through the last 14 chapters of Hans H. Ørberg's textbook, Familia Romana, and thus complete their learning of the fundamental Latin morphology and syntax while also adding a 1000 additional vocabulary words, chosen on frequential basis, to the copia they've already memorized.


Apply Class Hours: 4 weeks, 2 hours of class and 1 hour of tutoring every day from Monday to Saturday, an estimated additional 2 hours of independent daily work.
Total: 72 class hours and 48 hours of private study; 120 total hours. (5 ECTS)
Price: 800€ (1500€ if Latin I and Latin II are booked together)

Class times for Group D: July 27 – August 22, GMT 14:30-16:30

San Francisco (-7) New York (-4) Roma (+2) Moscow (+3) Beijing (+8) Sydney (+10)
07:30 - 09:30 10:30 - 12:30 16:30 - 18:30 17:30 - 19:30 22:30 - 00:30+1 00:30+1 - 02:30+1


Class times for Group E: August 24- September 19, GMT 07:00-09:00

San Francisco (-7) New York (-4) Roma (+2) Moscow (+3) Beijing (+8) Sydney (+10)
00:00 - 02:00 03:00 - 05:00 09:00 - 11:00 10:00 - 12:00 15:00 - 17:00 17:00 - 19:00




2.3. Greek

This course aims to help students achieve a firm grasp of the basic elements of Ancient Greek by reading through the first eight chapters of the textbook Athenaze (Italian edition, revised and significantly augmented as compared to the English edition), by reading other texts from various ancient authors, and through the use of the active/inductive method for learning morphology, syntax, and vocabulary.

This course will cover most of the fundamentals of Greek grammar, such as the article and its uses, nouns (3 declensions), adjectives (first and second class), pronouns (personal, demonstrative, relative and correlative) and the various verb moods and tenses (present indicative, subjunctive, optative, imperative, infinitive, participles of both active and medium-passive voice; the imperfect, future and aorist I, II and III tenses, active, medium and passive). The course also includes the learning of more than a thousand of the most common words used by the authors of classical literature.

By the end of the course students will be able to read easy Greek texts and express themselves clearly in a simple manner both orally and in writing using the Attic dialect.

Apply Class Hours: 6 weeks, 2 hours of class and 1 hour of tutoring every day from Monday to Saturday, an estimated additional 2 hours of independent daily work. Total: 108 class hours and 72 hours of private study; 180 total hours. (7,5 ECTS)
Price: 1200€

Class times for Group F: June 29 – August 8, GMT 14:30-16:30

San Francisco (-7) New York (-4) Roma (+2) Moscow (+3) Beijing (+8) Sydney (+10)
07:30 - 09:30 10:30 - 12:30 16:30 - 18:30 17:30 - 19:30 22:30 - 00:30+1 00:30+1 - 02:30+1


Class times for Group G: August 10 – September 19, GMT 07:00-09:00

San Francisco (-7) New York (-4) Roma (+2) Moscow (+3) Beijing (+8) Sydney (+10)
00:00 - 02:00 03:00 - 05:00 09:00 - 11:00 10:00 - 12:00 15:00 - 17:00 17:00 - 19:00




2.4. Latin Literature (part 1)

Intended for those who have already completed the first and second course in a previous year and for others who are proficient Latin speakers and can read Latin authors with ease. Participants will read a variety of Latin texts written in the ancient, medieval and Renaissance period and will complete exercizes in Latin composition, style, and the active use of the language. The aim of this course is a more profound understanding and appreciation of the Latin language and the classical authors. The course will be divided into two associated modules, each of which will last four weeks, with three two-hour classes every week. You may apply for part 1 and 2 either separately or together.


Apply Class Hours: 4 weeks, 2 hours of class every other day of the week.
Total: 24 class hours.
Price: 400€ (750€ if part 1 and part 2 are booked together)

Class times for Group H: June 29 – July 24; Monday, Wednesday, Friday; GMT 09:30-11:30

San Francisco (-7) New York (-4) Roma (+2) Moscow (+3) Beijing (+8) Sydney (+10)
02:30 - 04:30 05:30 - 07:30 11:30 - 13:30 12:30 - 14:30 17:30 - 19:30 19:30 - 21:30


Class times for Group I: June 30 – July 25; Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday; GMT 17:00-19:00

San Francisco (-7) New York (-4) Roma (+2) Moscow (+3) Beijing (+8) Sydney (+10)
10:00 - 12:00 13:00 - 15:00 19:00 - 21:00 19:30 - 21:30 01:00+1 - 03:00+1 03:00+1 - 05:00+1




2.5. Latin Literature (part 2)

Intended for those who have already completed the first and second course in a previous year and for others who are proficient Latin speakers and can read Latin authors with ease. Participants will read a variety of Latin texts written in the ancient, medieval and Renaissance period and will complete exercizes in Latin composition, style, and the active use of the language. The aim of this course is a more profound understanding and appreciation of the Latin language and the classical authors. The course will be divided into two associated modules, each of which will last four weeks, with three two-hour classes every week. You may apply for part 1 and 2 either separately or together.


Apply Class Hours: 4 weeks, 2 hours of class every other day of the week.
Total: 24 class hours.
Price: 400€ (750€ if part 1 and part 2 are booked together)

Class times for Group L: July 26 – August 21; Monday, Wednesday, Friday; GMT 09:30-11:30

San Francisco (-7) New York (-4) Roma (+2) Moscow (+3) Beijing (+8) Sydney (+10)
02:30 - 04:30 05:30 - 07:30 11:30 - 13:30 12:30 - 14:30 17:30 - 19:30 18:30 - 20:30


Class times for Group M: July 27 – August 22; Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday; GMT 17:00-19:00

San Francisco (-7) New York (-4) Roma (+2) Moscow (+3) Beijing (+8) Sydney (+10)
10:00 - 12:00 13:00 - 15:00 19:00 - 21:00 19:30 - 21:30 01:00+1 - 03:00+1 03:00+1 - 05:00+1




3. Textbooks

For both part 1 and part 2 of the Latin course

  1. H. Ørberg, Lingua Latina per se illustrata: pars I: Familia Romana, Edizioni Accademia Vivarium novum, Roma 2019.
  2. P. Coosemans, H. Janssens, P. Maes, R. Vandessel, A. Vangilbergen, Quaderno d'esercizi I, Edizioni Accademia Vivarium novum, Roma 2019. (Latin I)
  3. P. Coosemans, H. Janssens, P. Maes, R. Vandessel, A. Vangilbergen, Quaderno d'esercizi II, Edizioni Accademia Vivarium novum, Roma 2019. (Latin II)
  4. Hans H. Ørberg, Luigi Miraglia e Tommaso F. Bórri, Latine disco, Edizioni Accademia Vivarium novum, Roma 2019. (IT)
  5. J. Neumann, Hans H. Ørberg, A Companion to Familia Romana, Focus editions. (EN)

For the Greek course

  1. M. Balme, G. Lawall, L. Miraglia e T. B. Bórri, Athenaze: introduzione al greco antico, volume I, Edizioni Accademia Vivarium novum, Roma 2019.
  2. C. Consoli, Meletemata, volume I, Edizioni Accademia Vivarium novum, Roma 2019.
  3. A. Barbone, Quaderno d'esercizi per Athenaze I, volume I (cap. I-VIII), Edizioni Accademia Vivarium novum, Roma 2019.

For the Latin Literature module

Handouts will be distributed by the teachers.
For students who wish to read the texts in paper, we recommend that they make sure they have a printer available.




4. Costs and enrollment

In order to participate, students are required to fill out the application form and send in a 30% deposit of the total program fee. All courses offerred are not for profit, as the Academy Vivarium Novum is a non-profit organzation. The participation cost covers:

  • Classes
  • Online didactic material

Students will pay for their own textbooks and purchase them in their own countries: only in the event that books aren't available for purchase in a certain region will the Academy ship them by express courier. In this case, only the cost of shipping will be charged to the student.

All proceeds from the summer courses will be used to fund scholarships granted to youths attending the Academy's courses for the academic year 2020-2021 at the Vivarium Novum, and to support the necessary renovation works of the Villa Falconieri, where the Academy is housed.

The fee for participation in one of the two parts of the Latin course (lasting 4 weeks) is 800€. (1500€ for 2 parts if reserved together).
The fee for participation in the Greek course (lasting 6 weeks) is 1200€.
The fee for a single Latin literature module (each of which lasts for 4 weeks) is 400€. (750€ for 2 modules if reserved together).

The payment must be transferred exclusively in euros, by check or wire transfer.

To request admission one must fill out and submit the application form. If any difficulties are encountered, please send an e-mail to: e-longinquo@vivariumnovum.net

To register for courses and reserve a spot, one must send the application form along with a non-refundable deposit of 30% of the total price. The receipt of the deposit is considered as the registration day.




5. Testimonials

  • The magazine "The Classical World" called the "fluency" of the Latin students at Vivarium Novum "stunning."
  • The periodical "The New Yorker" said the Latin of the Academy's founder "is c lassical in style, modelled on the epistles of Cicero, mixing artfully constructed dependent clauses and colloquialisms” and wrote that “he speaks Latin more fluently than almost anyone else alive."
  • Davidson College in North Carolina has described the founder as "the most fluent Latin speaker in today's world."
  • The University of London (UCC) has called our method "Probably the best Latin method available": it gives students "a fluent reading ability in the language so that they can enjoy Latin literature in the original with real understanding and appreciation and without being constantly enslaved to dictionaries and grammar books.”
  • The journal of the Sociedad Española de Estudios Clásicos "Iris" stressed the "extraordinary command of the Latin language" of the founder of the Academy, with which he "is able to write and express himself with enviable ease and fluency."
  • The periodical "The Tablet" wrote that the founder of the Academy speaks Latin "with the eloquence and fluency of a native speaker."
  • "Classis", the journal of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools, called the founder "undoubtedly one of the finest Latin instructors in the world today."
  • The association "culturaclásica.com" wrote that the students of Vivarium Novum are able to speak "a clear, beautiful, fluent Latin" and express in that language "words that would dazzle any lover of the humanities."
  • The Russian magazine "Obrazovanie" wrote that the teachers of the Academy have "an extraordinary expertise in the methods of teaching the Latin language": through Vivarium Novum's didactic techniques "words imprint themselves in the memory with much greater ease, and are retained afterwards considerably better."