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Fall 2024 Class Schedule

Semester begins August 26, 2024 and runs to December 13, 2024
Deadline to add/drop a class is September 1, 2024

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Introductory Level Courses

2 Credits

Course Description

This and each of the subsequent Latin 100-level courses will cover the entirety of Hans Ørberg’s Familia Romana textbook, according to the Spoken Latin Teaching Pedagogy that is unique to VSI. Students will begin to speak and understand Latin with the same efficacy as in other modern languages. Each of these courses carries 2 credits, and will meet online twice a week for 50 minutes each.

Latin 101 specifically will focus on chapters 1 through 8 depending on the pace of the students.

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Prerequisite

2 Credits

Course Description

This and each of the subsequent Latin 100-level courses will cover the entirety of Hans Ørberg’s Familia Romana textbook, according to the Spoken Latin Teaching Pedagogy that is unique to VSI. Students will begin to speak and understand Latin with the same efficacy as in other modern languages. Each of these courses carries 2 credits, and will meet online twice a week for 50 minutes each.

Latin 102 specifically will focus roughly on chapters 9 through 18 depending on the pace of the students.

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Prerequisite

2 Credits

Course Description

This and each of the subsequent Latin 100-level courses will cover the entirety of Hans Ørberg’s Familia Romana textbook, according to the Spoken Latin Teaching Pedagogy that is unique to VSI. Students will begin to speak and understand Latin with the same efficacy as in other modern languages. Each of these courses carries 2 credits, and will meet online twice a week for 50 minutes each.

Latin 103 specifically will focus roughly on chapters 19 through 27 depending on the pace of the students.

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Prerequisite

2 Credits

Course Description

This is the last course of the Latin 100-level courses which will complete the Hans Ørberg’s Familia Romana textbook, according to the Spoken Latin Teaching Pedagogy that is unique to VSI. Students will begin to speak and understand Latin with the same efficacy as in other modern languages. Each of these courses carries 2 credits, and will meet online twice a week for 50 minutes each.

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Prerequisite

2 Credits

Course Description

The first class of our introductory Greek is taught from the first book in the well-known Athenaze. Athenaze uses vocabulary and examples of sentences from both the classical language and the Koine Greek of the New Testament, and provides plenty of cultural and historical information which helps students to grasp the context of what they read in the lessons. It also provides grammatical exercises of various kinds, which may be supplemented with other material at the discretion of the teacher.

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2 Credits

Course Description

The second class following the introductory Greek course will pick up where the last class left off. Taught from the first book in the well-known Athenaze series, it is intended to familiarize students with all the major features of the next several chapters. Athenaze uses vocabulary and examples of sentences from both the classical language and the Koine Greek of the New Testament, and provides plenty of cultural and historical information which helps students to grasp the context of what they read in the lessons. It also provides grammatical exercises of various kinds, which may be supplemented with other material at the discretion of the teacher.

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Upper Level Courses

2 Credits

Course Description

Writing in a foreign language is a powerful tool for reinforcement of one’s mastery of its grammar and for building vocabulary. In this course, students meet twice a week with their instructor, and review previously assigned composition exercises based on North and Hilliard’s Latin Prose Composition, and other texts assigned at the instructor’s discretion. This course meets twice a week for an hour, with 30 sessions over 16 weeks.

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2 Credits

Course Description

Our core curriculum finishes with a selection of chapters (chosen by the instructor, but focusing on 36-40) from Ørberg’s second volume Roma Aeterna, which is based on passages from classical authors, and gives an overview of Rome’s history from the legendary Trojan ancestors of the Roman people to the end of the Republic. Here students will reinforce their mastery of grammar and continue to expand their vocabulary. Instructors may also include composition assignments. This course meets twice a week for an hour, with 30 sessions over 16 weeks.

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3 Credits

Course Description

This course is a comprehensive introduction to Latinity, the tradition of the Latin language and the literature and cultural practices conducted in it. We begin with a consideration of the temporal and geographic span of Latinity, focusing on its development, spread, and continuing vitality through periods of Roman, Christian, Medieval, and Modern Latin; we shall also look at the various pronunciations of Latin in different periods and regions. For each period, participants study not only Latin literature but also the fields of culture, such as education, law, liturgy, drama, and public ceremony, where Latin exercised a dominant role in the past and continues to function today as a medium of cultural exchange and development. The course will place considerable emphasis on exploring and defining concrete ways that students (and their students) can cultivate Latinity through participation in this global, perennial tradition.

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1.5 Credits

Course Description

The material for this course is made up of a selection of the documents of the Second Vatican Council in their editio typica promulgated in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis. Our reading will also foster critical attention to the sources undergirding the texts and some attention to the vota from bishops and responsa from the committees to these vota as found in the Acta Synodalia.

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Magister Gregory DiPippo

Director of Academic Development, Assistant to the Dean, Magister - Introductory Latin

Magister Gregorius was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, where he attended a high school which offered an excellent Latin program. He attended McGill University in Montreal, where he studied Classical Languages and Literature, and the Augustinian Patristic Institute in Rome, where he studied the Fathers of the Church. For 23 years, he worked as a tour guide in Rome, and for the last 15 years, he has been a regular contributor (and for 10 years editor) to the New Liturgical Movement website.

Matthew Ratcliff

Coordinator for Marketing and Course Development

Matthew Ratcliff is a graduate from Belmont Abbey College, where he fell in love with Latin while studying under Nancy Llewellyn and Gregory DiPippo, and where he encountered the natural method for the first time. He has previously taught for Aquinas Learning Center in Charlotte for the 2023-2024 academic year. Matthew firmly believes that everyone can learn Latin well. He loves incorporating physical movement in the classroom and is excited to share the joy of the language with every class!

Kit Adderley

Magister

Kit Adderley became interested in Ancient Rome at a young age, and following a particularly interesting and formative Roman History class in high school, decided to study Classics at Franciscan University of Steubenville. While studying and in subsequent years, Kit was blessed to attend many spoken Latin programs both in the United States and in Rome. Kit has taught Latin for 10 years at the high school and middle school level in Texas and Minnesota, most recently designing and implementing a spoken Latin program for high school that enjoyed tremendous success. Kit currently works in the finance industry but continues to love Latin and the classical world and is excited to work with Veterum Sapientia in bringing that knowledge to others.

Magister Tod Post, MA

Magister

Mr. Post holds a B.A. in philosophy from St. John’s Seminary College in Camarillo, CA and an M.A. in Medieval Studies from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. His areas of study and interest include codicology and palaeography and creating medieval and classical inks and writing materials. He particularly enjoys working in his garden surrounded by plants from the classical world such as papyrus, acanthus, figs, olives and grapes which also gives him an opportunity to practice his botanical Latin. He is a lifelong resident of southern California where he has been teaching and promoting Latin since 2004 and where he resides with his wife and six children.

Dr. Samuel Stahl

Magister

Samuel Stahl earned a PhD in Classics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His dissertation is an annotated verse translation from Claudian’s carmina minora; his passions, both personal and professional, include Christian poetry and ecumenism. In addition to his work with VSI, he teaches ELA at a Catholic grammar school in Western New York, where he lives with his wife and two cats.

Magister Marcus Porto

Magister - Introductory Latin

Magister Marcus holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College and a Latin Fluency Certificate from Academia Vivarium Novum, where he learned to speak Latin under Luigi Miraglia. He is currently a graduate student at Kentucky University, studying Latin under Terence Tunberg and Milena Minkova, and works as a classical languages’ instructor, Liberal Arts teacher, and editor at Instituto Hugo de São Vitor, Brazil.

Fr. Joseph Matlak

Magister


Fr. Joseph Matlak is a priest of the Eparchy of Saint Josaphat in Parma (Ukrainian Greek-Catholic). Born in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England, he studied Ancient History at King’s College London, and completed seminary studies and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Catholic University of America, Washington DC. He is currently finishing a doctorate at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge, England. He serves as administrator of Saint Basil the Great Parish in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is an instructor within the Honors College of Belmont Abbey College. He has previously worked in parishes and missions, schools, youth and young adult ministry, liturgical music, and Catholic media, among other roles.

Dr. Nancy Llewellyn

Co-Founder, Veterum Sapientia Institute
Magistra - Introductory Latin


Magistra Annula is Associate Professor of Latin at Belmont Abbey College, coming to North Carolina after a decade at Wyoming Catholic College. She teaches Latin at the Charlotte Diocese’s new St. Joseph College Seminary in addition to her work at Belmont. Earlier in her career she studied with Fr. Reginald Foster and at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome. Returning to her native California, Nancy founded SALVI in 1997 and served on its board until 2019, directing SALVI workshops (Rusticationes) around the country and abroad. She holds her PhD (2006) from UCLA.

Mr. Christopher Owens, STM

Chief Executive Officer

Christopher Owens completed licentiate studies at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (“the Angelicum”) with a concentration in Thomism, and is a doctoral candidate at the same university. His research investigates the question of predestination in the writings of the early Thomists. More generally, Christopher’s research interests in both philosophy and theology are focused on the preambles of faith, ontology, meta-ethics, and action theory as found principally in the Thomistic tradition, as well as in the medieval dialectic of the University of Paris. Additionally, Christopher serves on the editorial board for Philosophical News, the official journal of the European Society for Moral Philosophy, and is vice-president of the Albertus Magnus Center for Scholastic Studies, based in Norcia, Italy.

Fr. Dylan Schrader, PhD

Magister - Scholastic Theology

Pater Pelagius is a priest of the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri, ordained in 2010. He holds a PhD in systematic theology from the Catholic University of America and is the translator of several Scholastic works, including On the Motive of the Incarnation, the first volume in CUA’s Early Modern Catholic Sources series, and Book 2 of Thomas Aquinas’s Commentary on the Sentences, edited by the Aquinas Institute for the Study of Sacred Doctrine. Fr. Schrader is the author of The Shortcut to Scholastic Latin, published by the Paideia Institute Press. He has attended every Veterum Sapientia conference since its inception.

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