Conventiculum Lexintoniense!

William Ficker writes:

This famous Latin seminar can benefit any teacher of Latin, whether they are working at secondary schools, or colleges and universities. It will be an invaluable experience for any graduate student in Classics, or other field in which a strong knowledge of Latin is important. In fact, any lover of Latin, who meets the minimum criteria described below, is encouraged to apply.

Conventiculum Latinum, Annual Workshop for Spoken Latin to be held In Lexington at the University of Kentucky from 17–24 July 2013.

The Lexington summer workshop has become internationally known for providing a stimulating occasion in which participants can live for an extended period of time in an all-Latin environment.  In 2013, the Conventiculum Lexintoniense will celebrate its seventeenth consecutive year.  From the inception of the Conventiculum to the present time its organizers have been, and are still refining, revising and adding to the Conventiculum’s  range of activities – all with a view to enhancing the experience of those who take part.  First-time participants and people new to spoken Latin are especially welome, and the Conventiculum features special sessions designed with these people in mind.

The Conventiculum is not designed for people who are still learning essential Latin grammar.  All participants should be able to read Latin (even if using a dictionary often), and feel reasonably secure in their knowledge of basic morphology and syntax.  However, previous experience in speaking Latin is not necessary. The purpose of these seminars is to add an active dimension to the experience of those who already possess a certain passive knowledge of Latin. Not only teachers, who may wish to develop their ability use Latin actively and extempore in the classroom to augment whatever teaching methods they prefer to use, but anyone at all devoted to Latin, such as professors, graduate students, and those who read Latin for personal enrichment, can benefit from the conventicula,which are exclusively aimed at helping those who take part to acquire a more instinctive command of the Latin language.   Sessions are aimed at developing ability in speaking Latin, understanding others speaking Latin, reading and explaining Latin texts in Latin, and in writing in Latin.  Writing activites include both prose and verse composition. Themes for discussion range from books, literature, art, culture, and historical topics all the way to common situations in every-day life. Participants who are already experienced in the active use of Latin are also welcome.  It is the organizers’ intention that the Conventiculum will provide such participants with a pleasant opportunity to practice their skills in spoken and written Latin, and to meet like-minded others.


Professor Milena Minkova, University of Kentucky

Professor Terence Tunberg, University of Kentucky

If one measures excellence in spoken Latin according to the ability to produce fluent, extempore Latin discourse which adheres correctly to the grammatical norms and idioms of classical Latin, then the moderators of this seminar are clearly two of the very best speakers of Latin to be found anywhere in the world. They are authors of published books on Latin prose composition and have won prizes for original Latin composition. Each has more than two decades of experience in moderating workshops and seminars on spoken Latin and Latin composition.

Entry fee and application deadline:

The entry fee for the event in 2013 is 100 dollars.  In addition each participant will pay $140 in advance to cover the cost of three meals each day, with the exception of two dinners.  There are various options for lodging, of which the most reasonable, and perhaps the most convenient is a private room in student housing, which costs 27 dollars per night.  For further details about lodging, and other important information about the seminar, please visit the Conventiculum Lexintoniense website at:

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