Level 1A

This is for complete beginners with no prior knowledge of the language. Students will be introduced to Latin pronunciation and sentence structure as well as basic grammar and syntax. Topics to be covered include: first and second declension nouns, first-second declension adjectives, first and second conjugation verbs (present and imperfect tenses), the irregular verbs “to be” and “to be able”, prepositions and conjunctions. A composite course booklet will be provided.

Tutor: Mary Triantafyllou and Thomas Westenberg

Level 1B

This will begin with the basics, and move into simple translation with lots of grammar. For those who have begun Latin but have not progressed very far. Topics to be covered include: first, second and third declension nouns and adjectives, comparative and superlative adjectives, indicative active verbs (present, imperfect, perfect and pluperfect), imperative and infinitive verbs. A composite course booklet will be provided.

Tutors: Alex Pinkham and Daniel Hanigan


Level 1C

If you did some Latin some time (or a long time ago!) and want to go back to the beginning, this is the course for you. It will cover grammar and readings. Grammar topics to be covered depend on the needs of the class, but may include: nouns (all declensions), verbs (all conjugations), indirect commands, statements and questions, result and purpose clauses, expressions of wish, gerunds and gerundives, and case usage. A composite course booklet will be provided.

Tutor: Greg Westenberg


Level 2A

This requires some knowledge of Latin grammar which will be developed, and classes will be split between reading passages of original Latin and grammar work. Grammar topics to be covered depend on the needs of the class, but might include: the introduction of subjunctive forms, indirect statements, ablative absolutes, and conditionals. A composite course booklet will be provided.

Tutors: John Coombs and Mike Salter

Level 2B

This will have greater emphasis on extensive graded readings with (optional) prior preparation, while grammar will be revised and extended. You should be familiar with all tenses and cases, but not necessarily passives or subjunctives. Grammar topics to be covered depend on the needs of the class, but might include: revision of verb forms (and introduction of passive or subjunctive forms as required), word order and tactics for reading Latin sentences, gerunds and gerundives, case usage, uses of the subjunctive, revision of noun and adjective declensions and participles. A composite course booklet will be provided.

Tutor: Alexander Westenberg

Level 2C

This will be more challenging than 2B, with plenty of readings and grammar revision. Prior preparation of the readings is essential. Grammar topics to be covered depend on the needs of the class, but might include: uses of the ablative, ablative absolutes, gerunds and gerundives, purpose and result clauses, sequence of tenses, indirect statements, relative clauses in indirect discourse. A composite course booklet will be provided.

Tutor: Dane Drivas and Emma Barlow


Level 3A

This is designed to widen your reading experience with a variety of original Latin texts, and will include work on style, interpretation, scansion and reading technique. Prior preparation of the readings is essential. Grammar will be explained as needed. Suitable for students sitting the HSC exams in 2018 or 2019, and for undergraduates with one year’s Latin.

Tutors: Helen Pigram, Phoebe Garrett, and Shirin Borthwick. You will have three teachers, in alternation each day, and read all three groups of texts.

Level 3B

The course at Level 3B involves a wider range of readings requiring preparation. Grammar will be explained as needed. For students who already have an HSC in Latin (or equivalent). Composite course booklets will be provided.

Tutors and topic: Sarah Lawrence and Michelle McVeigh: ‘Roman laughs’


Level 4

This level will be reading-based, and texts may be allocated for translation in class. Students are expected to have prepared the texts in advance and discussion is encouraged. Attention will be paid to literary analysis, grammatical and textual problems, and social and historical context. In the 4.X and 4.Y classes in particular, more attention is given to interpretation than translation. There will be two sessions each day, and participants choose one class from each session. Optional special interest classes will be offered for Level 4 students in the afternoons (you sign up for these on the first day of the summer school). Composite course booklets will be provided.

Tutors, topics and times:

9.30 4.1    Elizabeth Minchin – Ovid Metamorphoses book 3
  4.2 Peter Kalina – Charles IV’s Life of King Wenceslas
  4.3 Susan Ford – Tacitus Germania
  4.X Andrew Miles – Juvenal Satires (selections)
11.15    4.4 Paul Roche – Tibullus Elegies (selections)
  4.5 Bob Cowan – Mad and bad emperors from the Historia Augusta
  4.Y Kathleen Riley – The Latin Poems of Samuel Johnson



This course is designed for primary school teachers. Parents of young children are also welcome. No prior knowledge of Latin is assumed. Teachers will be able to teach simple Latin as a means of expanding children's English vocabulary and understanding of grammar, against an enchanting background of Roman life and Greek myths. Latin for Literacy has been outstandingly successful in England since 2006. The cute Minimus course is hugely popular and accessible.

Tutors: Emily Matters and Susanna Matters