2017 Summer Latin Workshop



Roman Forum
  • Workshop Dates: May 10 - July 28, 2017
  • 12 credit hours total
  • Covers the equivalent material of five courses: Latin 1101, 1102, 1103, and two Latin 2000-level reading courses (total of 19 credit hours)  
  • Fulfills the GE for Foreign Language
  • Students may register for 5000-level reading courses by the following Autumn semester
  • Individual and small group tutorials
  • Sophisticated intro to the grammar and syntax of Latin during Session I
  • Students read major Latin authors (Vergil, Cicero, Ovid) during Session II
  • Ideal for graduate students who use Latin for research or need to fulfill a language requirement
  • The best choice for talented undergraduates who need to satisfy the General Education requirement for Foreign Language


The Workshop meets daily from 9:00-12:00 and from 1:00-4:00, and covers all Latin Grammar needed to read classical and medieval authors in the first five weeks; the latter five weeks are spent reading Vergil, Cicero and Ovid and a selection of other authors will be selected according to student interest. 


Clivus Palatinus

The Workshop requires a full-time commitment from both the teachers and the students. Typically there are two to four hours of homework every day, a quiz every morning and a three hour exam every Monday. During the first half of the term, the emphasis falls on the memorization of forms and on learning and applying the basic rules of Latin syntax and grammar. Morning classes begin with a quiz and then go over the exercises for the previous evening; afternoon classes introduce new forms and basic grammatical concepts in a lecture. Staff are available for office hours before, during and after the workshop and students are able to call instructors at home if there are difficulties with any of the evening assignments. The Department of Classics houses the Latin Pages, which includes resources developed specifically for the Latin Workshop as well as interactive pages for help in memorization of forms and rules. Instructors are committed to helping students learn to read and use Latin in a very short time and will do all they can to make this possible. It is NOT recommended that students hold down jobs or have other significant commitments during the Workshop.

During the second five weeks, the class reads selections from major writers of the Classical and Medieval periods. Vergil, Cicero and Ovid are the assigned authors; instructors try to meet the interests and needs of students in segments devoted to other selections (e.g. Augustine, Medieval or Renaissance Latin).


  • Ohio State students enroll in Latin 1890 and 1891 during spring semester open enrollment
  • Non-Ohio State students apply through the Office of Distance Education and eLearning starting April 4
  • High School students apply through the Academy Program


Tuition and Fees for the Workshop are based on the number of credit hours of instruction: (12 credit hours).  


For further details, contact the Department of Classics at classics@osu.edu or at 614-292-2744, or E-mail Professor Will Batstone