In the summer of 2015 William Turpin (Swarthmore College) and Jen Faulkner (East Longmeadow High School) will offer a free online Latin translation course, meeting as Zoom "Webinar."  The class will meet once a week starting on Sunday, June 7th from 8:00PM to 9:15-9:30 PM Eastern Time, and will continue for perhaps ten weeks.

We will begin the “Life of St. Martin” by Sulpicius Severus, using the (free) online edition of Christopher Francese, at Dickinson Classical Commentaries (http://dcc.dickinson.edu/).  This edition offers an excellent commentary, audio recordings, and help with vocabulary.  After that we will move on to the Muirchu’s “Life of St. Patrick,” the “Confession” of Patrick, and related documents. User-friendly editions of these will be posted (we hope) by the end of June.

These texts are interesting in themselves, they are important documents in the history and culture of the early middle ages, and they are written in relatively straightforward, intuitive Latin.  The course is intended above all for those who have completed a year or so of classical Latin at the college level, or the equivalent in high school. It should also be suitable for those whose Latin may be a little rusty, or for more accomplished Latinists with an interest in medieval Latin.  Participants at all levels are welcome.

The intention of this course is to replicate to some extent the experience of a student in (say) a college Latin class at the early intermediate level, minus the quizzes, tests, papers, and continuing assessment; we have no mechanism for awarding credit or certificates of attendance.  The most immediate model, in fact, may be an informal reading group devoted to a particular ancient or medieval text.

To participate or to receive updates on the course it will necessary to have a Google account, and to join the Google Plus “Community” called “Medieval Latin (Summer 2015): St. Martin and St. Patrick.” For texts and signup sheet go to https://sites.google.com/a/swarthmore.edu/medieval-latin-summer-2013-the-gesta-francorum/. 

Questions may be addressed to wturpin1@swarthmore.edu