Tweeting with Catullus: The Epigrams
Wednesday., 7:15pm (U.S. Eastern Time)
*Please note that this course will run only if two or more students enroll.
Course Description: If alive today and richer than Elon Musk, Catullus would buy Twitter and use it to launch his mini-masterpieces. In this course, we’ll use the epigrams (poems 69-116) as a means of mastering Latin by “exhausting” the language through them. That means using these ancient “tweets” to say anything you want via any grammatical construction available to you, until you finally run out of possibilities. This was the essence of Reginald Foster’s “Second Experience”, which is precisely what this course aims to hand on. All that’s expected is a basic foundation in Latin grammar (usually about two years).
Level: A basic foundation in Latin grammar (usually about two years).
Textbook: The Latin Library-Catullus Recommended: Ossa Latinitatis Sola Ad Mentem Reginaldi Rationemque (CUA Press)
Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.
Telepaideia tuition is non-refundable. However, if you need to cancel your enrollment or withdraw from your class, you may be eligible for a 50% credit, to be used toward a future Telepaideia course. In order to be eligible for this credit, you must notify firstname.lastname@example.org of your withdrawal before the second class meeting has taken place.
After a decade of service as a Papal Latinist for Benedict XVI and Francis (2006-2016), Daniel Gallagher was appointed the Ralph and Jeanne Kanders Associate Professor of the Practice in Latin at Cornell University (2017-present). He is dedicated to passing on the unique “experiential” approach to learning Latin developed by his predecessor at the Vatican, Fr. Reginald Foster (1939-2020). Besides translating Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid into Latin (Commentarii de Inepto Puero), Prof. Gallagher is the author of numerous articles in Thomistic philosophy.