This reading group aims to improve participants’ knowledge and facility with Medieval Latin (c. 650–1500). It focuses in particular on understanding Medieval Latin’s development from Classical Latin, and the relationship between ecclesiastical Latin and later, humanist forms of Latin. Basic knowledge of Latin is required, but experience in any form of Latin is enthusiastically welcomed!
In the group, we also try to expand participants’ familiarity with different genres of Latin composition—from the practical legal texts and papal bulls that governed everyday medieval life to the prose and verse literary works that inflected Western thought. Each meeting begins with a mini-lesson on some point of grammar or linguistics relevant to the text under examination. Students with particular interests are invited to propose texts for the group to study. The organizer prepares a reading copy of the text for group members each meeting.