Latin Workshop (5/4/24): Introduction to Reciting Latin Poetry and Meter [Latine Tantum]

Latin-Only Recitation & Meter Workshop Details:

  • Date: Saturday, May 4th, 2024
  • Time: 10am – 12pm PDT (1pm – 3pm EDT)
  • Location: Online via Zoom
  • Cost: $20
  • Difficulty: This seminar will be conducted Latine tantum, so students should already be comfortable asking and answering questions in Latin, though they do not need to be advanced readers of Latin poetry. Prerequisite: L201 or above (or equivalent).
  • Cancellation policy: Full refund available before April 27th. No refunds afterwards.

N.B. A beginner-friendly version of this Workshop taught in English will run on April 27th.

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 May 4th!

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.

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