Reading Cicero’s Letters – Latin Course

Latin Summer School 

15 – 26 August 2022

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It is hoped that this course will be run in person and to also offer to those wanting to dial-in online.

Reading Cicero’s Letters offers a patient, detailed reading of letters that Cicero wrote to friends, fellow leaders and family members. Unlike his orations, Cicero’s letters have a spontaneous, flowing style. Yet they provide an ideal encounter with the language in its full and natural glory.

Participants should have enough Latin before joining the course that they are familiar with all of the forms and normal uses of the subjunctive. The content of the Intermediate Latin (Third Experience) course would be a good prerequisite. We will ideally read between 12 and 20 letters over the two weeks together. But we will adapt the programme to each participant’s interests and needs, going as quickly or slowly as people prefer.

A patient and detailed reading of selected letters Cicero wrote to family and friends leads students to appreciate the almost spontaneous thought of Cicero as he jotted down these letters, which in ordinary letters provide a synthetic review of the entire language as it was naturally written. We strive for a clear understanding of the multiple and even exceptional usages of the subjunctive in their natural occurances in this literature, as well as the use of indirect discourse, gerunds and gerundives along with the natural meaning of participles.

A familiarity with all the forms of the subjunctive and many of its normal uses is expected of participants in this course.

TutorsJonathan Day

cover of Ossium Carnes Multae = The Bones Meats Abundant

The tutor will use the book on the Letters of Cicero by Reginald Foster and Daniel McCarthy: Ossium Carnes MultaeThe Bones’ Meats Abundant. Participants may benefit from their own copy.

Sessions:
First week: 15 – 19 August (not Saturday – Sunday, 20 – 21 August)
Second week: 22 – 26 August 2022.

Hours. one hour and forty-five minutes (with a brief break) on weekdays.

Times will be set in July to fit in alongside the advanced course.

Costs: Fee: £175
Discount fee £150 when this reading course is taken in combination with Advanced or Intermediate Latin.

This reading course is intended to be taken concurrently with LA711 Advanced Latin or L711 Proficient Latin for Liturgists (anc Canonists), which presents the teaching of the Latin expressions found in Cicero’s Letters.

Students enrolled in the course LA611 Intermediate Latin can enrol if they have an adequate understanding of the usages of the subjunctive presented in the Intermediate Latin course.

Enrol. To enrol or enquire please contact Clare Cogswell at at this linked email address or by using the contact information at the bottom of this page.

Books:

♦ LEWIS, C.T. – C. SHORT, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford UP, Oxford – New York 1879, or any later reprint.

♦ FOSTER, R.T., – D.P. MCCARTHY,  Ossa Latinitatis Sola ad mentem Reginaldi rationemqueThe Mere Bones of Latin according to the thought and system of Reginald, (Latinitatis Corpus 1), Catholic University of America Press, Washington DC 2016. Available in print and digital form from the publisher; and in print form from Amazon.co.uk or from Amazon.com.

cover image The Mere Bones of Latin

♦ FOSTER, R.T., – D.P. MCCARTHY, Ossium carnes multae ex M. T. Ciceronis epistulisThe Bones Meats Abundant from the Letters of M. T. Cicero, (Latinitatis Corpus 2), Catholic University of America Press, Washington DC 2021. Available in print or digital form from the publisher; available in print form from Amazon.co.uk or from Amazon.com.

♦ GILDERSLEEVE, B.L, – G. LODGE, Gildersleeve’s Latin Grammar, Bolchazy-Carducci, Wauconda IL 2003, reprint of 31895 (GL).

Recommended material:

♦ FOSTER, R.T. – D.P. MCCARTHY, “Collectarum latinitas”, Appreciating the Collect: An Irenic Methodology (DREI, AL : LA 1), ed. J.G. Leachman – D.P. McCarthy, St. Michael’s Abbey Press, Farnborough, England 2008.Foster, R.T. – D.P. McCarthy, “Collectarum latinitas”, 27-56. Available from the publisher.

Canon law students of KU Leuven will benefit greatly from this course because the letters of Cicero bring together nearly every element of the Latin langauge in every letter according to his native thought and Latin expression. This reading course gives a full synthesis of every element from classical Latin found in the canonical sententiae written by non native Latin authors.

Contact: To schedule a visit write to the Registrar and Course Coordinator:

Clare Cogswell, Registrar
Benedictine Institute
74 Castlebar Road, Ealing, London W5 2DD, UK

enquiries: +44 (0)20 8862 2156
E-mail Clare, the Registrar at this linked E-mail address.
Location on Google Maps is found here. More information on travel to Ealing by air, train or tube and on accommodation at or near Ealing Abbey is available on the web-site of the Liturgy Institute under the button: Registration.© C Cogswell. February 25th 2022