Latin Workshop (4/27/24): Introduction to Reciting Latin Poetry and Meter

Recitation & Meter Workshop Details:

  • Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2024
  • Time: 10am – 12pm PDT (1pm – 3pm EDT)
  • Location: Online via Zoom
  • Cost: $20
  • Difficulty: This seminar will be conducted in English, and will be useful for students even if they are not yet at the level to comprehend Latin poetry. Nevertheless, students should have at least some familiarity with the Latin language so as to get the most out of the Workshop (L101 or above). 
  • Cancellation policy: Full refund available before April 20th. No refunds afterwards.

N.B. A Latin-only version of this workshop will run on May 4th.

The jewel of Latin literature, and one of the greatest rewards for learning the language, is its poetry: Classical Latin poetry dazzles and amazes, not merely due to the wide range of subjects one can find therein, from epic adventure to tender love, from absurdist comedy to personal tragedy, and not only because of the skillful wordsmithing of the poets who paint such evocative imagery, but due most splendidly to the arraying of these subjects and images onto rhythmical patterns that produce a musical effect exclusively possible in the Latin language.  All who don’t learn Latin will never know this dimension of beauty.  And indeed, even those who do learn Latin may not ever have the tools necessary to achieve this empowering perception of the language and its literature.

In this seminar, we will learn the basics of Latin meter and verse recitation, so that attendees might take this knowledge and recite virtually any Latin poem, bringing to life again for themselves this ancient art form, and, in turn, be able to apply those skills to reciting all forms of Latin more like the Ancient Romans.

Attendance is limited to 12 students max in order to preserve a small, collegial atmosphere. So, if you’re interested, don’t hesitate. Sign up, and we look forward to seeing you on April 27th!

Luke Amadeus Ranieri, our Ancient Greek & Latin Fellow, is a Pennsylvania native and former helicopter pilot in the US Army. Driven however by his passion for the Classics, he spends his free time applying all his energy to the study of Latin and Ancient Greek, and is especially interested in phonology. He is the host of popular YouTube channels Polymathy and ScorpioMartianus.

We are sorry, but this workshop has sold out. This same Workshop will run again on May 11th. Registration is now open.

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