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Beginning Conversational Latin w/Grissom

Sun. 2pm Eastern

Course Description: In this course we will read very simple texts, heavily adapted Classical texts focused on various aspects of Roman history and mythology, with the goal being not to cover the texts per se, but to learn how to read the texts and discuss them in Latin. There will be no pre-reading as each session will present a new text/story and participants will have the chance to experience it for the first time together in Latin.


Level: No prior experience in spoken Latin is required. But you must have completed at least one year of college Latin (or a high school equivalent of Latin 3).
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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Gus Grissom

Gus Grissom is a former Marine officer turned Ph.D. who now teaches Latin at McLean High School, near Washington DC. He earned his M.A. in Greek and Latin from The Catholic University of America and his Ph.D. in Ancient History from the University of Maryland, College Park.. His doctoral research and dissertation focused on Thucydides’ view of danger, kindunos, in his analysis of the Peloponnesian War. This consistent focus on the tension between rational fear and irrational hope, combined with his own experience as a Marine officer, keeps him focused on decision-making, especially in the military context. When not teaching Latin, he is one of three co-hosts of the spoken Latin podcast, “Quomodo Dicitur?,” a weekly conversation about… whatever.