Reading Cicero’s Letters – Latin Course

Latin Summer School

10 days intensive learning

In Person Only     14th – 25th August 2023

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

Participants should have a well-developed grip on Latin, including the subjunctive. The Intermediate Latin (Third Experience) course would be a good prerequisite.

Ideally, we will read between 12 and 20 letters over the two weeks. But we will adapt the programme to each participant’s interests and needs, going as quickly or slowly as people prefer. [The schedule will be set so that students can take the Advanced Latin (Fourth Experience) course in parallel with Reading Cicero’s Letters]

It will be useful but not essential for participants to have a copy of Reginald Foster’s and Daniel McCarthy’s edition of Cicero’s letters, Ossium Carnes MultaeThe Bones’ Meats Abundant

cover of Ossium Carnes Multae = The Bones Meats Abundant

First week: 14 – 18 August 2023
Second week: 21 – 25 August 2023

Hours. one hour and forty-five minutes

Cost: £195
Discount if also studying Advanced or Intermediate Latin Cost: £145

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.


♦ 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 or from

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 or from

♦ 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 it brings together nearly every element of the Latin language. This reading course gives a full synthesis of every element from classical Latin found in the canonical sententiae written by non-native Latin authors.


Clare Cogswell, Registrar, Benedictine Institute
74 Castlebar Road, Ealing, London W5 2DD, UK. enquiries: +44 (0)20 8194 2320
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. 1 December 2022