Intermediate-Advanced Conversational Latin: Cicero Per Se Illustratus - Pro Archia et Ars Rhetorica
Mon. 8pm Eastern
Course Description: In this class participants will read and discuss Cicero's masterpiece, Oratio Pro Archia Habita, as the basis for a study of classical rhetoric. Together with the oration itself, participants will read relevant sections of Cipriano Suarez' 1569 de Arte Rhetorica Libri Tres, a popular Renaissance summarium of classical rhetoric, constructed from Cicero, Quintilian, and Aristotle. From the moral ends of persuasion, to the respective functions of each part of a speech, to ethos, logos, pathos appeals, to rhetorical figures, and beyond, the class will cover a good deal of the art of rhetoric. Seeing as much of Suarez' treatment consists of passages from Cicero's de Oratore (vel sim), participants will essentially get something like "an edition of Pro Archia with rhetorical commentary written by Cicero himself".
Level: This course is intended for students with a fair amount of experience and comfort speaking Latin.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. For those who do not already know the Pro Archia well, the Stephen Cerutti edition is highly recommended.
Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.
David Ring teaches Latin and Ancient Greek as living languages by using an eclectic mix of methods, ranging from the insights of Renaissance Humanist pedagogy (especially the advice of Erasmus) to the Direct/Nature method to (first and foremost) Teaching with Comprehensible Input. Be it a discussion in Attic Greek about a beautiful painting, or personal life conversation in Attic Greek, or paraphrasing Homer or Lyric into simpler Attic prose, or storyboarding Lucian's True Stories -- David and his students aim to "get lost" in the joy of what they are doing, such that they "forget" they are speaking Ancient Greek. He believes that the purpose of liberal education is to help young people grow in self-knowledge -- both individual and cultural --, to help them form sharp intellects, wise judgment, and greatness of soul. He believes this is best done via direct encounters with the greatest minds and greatest stories of the last 3,000 years.