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Intermediate Conversational Latin: Extensive Reading with Puer Romanus

Tues. 6pm Eastern

Course Description: For reading with speed and confidence, few things are more useful than reading lots of Latin which is easy enough that you don’t have to puzzle over syntax and vocabulary.  We will read, and discuss in Latin, extensive selections from various 19th- and 20th-century high-quality and engaging readers, including Appleton and Jones’ Puer Romanus, Paoli’s Varius Libellus ad Usum Scholarum Redactus, and others. We’ll summarize and paraphrase in Latin as we go and keep grammar discussion to the minimum needed for comprehension. Home preparation (reading more Latin at a similar level) is expected between sessions.


Level: This course is intended for students who have some experience speaking Latin and can read Puer Romanus comfortably with very little use of a dictionary.
Textbook: Appleton and Jones’s Puer Romanus (available on and materials provided by instructor.
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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Sarah Penso

Sarah Penso, a graduate of Harvard University and Hunter College, has taught Latin for many years at public and private schools and has been an instructor for Latin and second language acquisition theory at Hunter. She has participated in numerous spoken Latin immersion programs, including the Conventicula Lexintoniense and Bostoniense, and served as a staff member for SALVI’s Rusticatio. She also teaches Hebrew to novice learners using low-pressure communicative techniques. In her spare time, she enjoys working on her Yiddish and Ancient Greek.