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Advanced Conversational Latin: Tacitus’ Annales

Fri. 2pm Eastern

Course Description: Nero, the last of the Julio-Claudian emperors and the last descendant of Augustus on the throne, is a controversial figure who is considered as one of the best examples of a bad ruler. For those who want to learn more about his life - besides Suetonius’ famous biography of Nero – the best source is Tacitus’ account in the Annales which is only partially preserved, and yet quite substantial. In this course, students will read and discuss excerpts from the Annales about Nero’s principate in the original language. Besides the historical aspect, special attention will be paid to the acquisition of new vocabulary.


Level: This course is intended for those with experience speaking Latin.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Regular price $250.00

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Zoltán Tomkó

Zoltán studied for two years at the Academia Vivarium Novum, a unique institute where the students are allowed to speak only Latin and Ancient Greek. He received his BA in Classics in Rome, where he wrote his thesis on Hungarian Renaissance of the 15th century and the work of the Italian humanist Antonio Bonfini. He also dedicated a substantial part of his work to important scholars like Petrus Paulus Vergerius, Aeneas Silvius Piccolominaeus, Iohannes Vitesius and, last but not least, Ianus Pannonius. He is currently studying at the Universität Wien in Austria. He has been teaching Ancient Greek for two years, and is also the vice-president of Amygdala, an association for ancient and humanistic studies. His other studies and interests include history and sinology.