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Women Latinists Florence
From Antiquity to the Renaissance

Next Course:

Monday 16 - Saturday 21 September 2024 (Apply here)



Florence, Italy


Join us in Florence to study the uncovered history of women’s writing in Latin from antiquity up to the Renaissance. The aim of this course is to introduce students to a wide range of little-known sources, from epigraphs to epics, love poetry to letters! It consists of thematic seminars on literature delivered by specialists and complemented by selected outings and hands-on workshops to engage with the past in a practical and creative way. With a strong focus on primary sources and fresh approaches, you will strengthen your independent research skills, discover new authors and engage with the challenges, practicalities and patterns that emerge from 1,500 years of women’s writing.  

Who is this course suitable for? 

Anyone with an interest in classical, medieval or Renaissance history and little experience studying Latin literature by women. This course is particularly relevant to students hoping to carry out original research on female authors in the future. Intermediate knowledge of Latin is recommended but not required, as all material will be provided in the original and in English translation.   

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Previously on Women Latinists...

Learn from the medical advice of female scientists, decode the signatures of female artists, read ancient poetry about the Arno on the Arno, become a medieval scribe in a convent Scriptorium, pay respects at the tomb of a Latin poetess, learn how to letterpress and reflect on the revelations of mystics from antiquity and beyond. 

A Typical Day

Each day will begin with morning seminars grouped by theme, with a focus on situating literary texts and authors within their context and providing opportunities to read, discuss, transcribe and compare. After lunch, scheduled activities will complement the morning seminars such as hands-on art workshops, library visits, research symposia or guest lectures. 


Free Time

From 5pm+ students are free to immerse themselves in Florentine life and join suggested events on our Cultural Programme, which compiles local events such as exhibitions, craft classes, language drop-ins, film screenings and aperitivo linked to our course themes and beyond. 

Our Approach

Courses designed by Forte Academy are intended to be both intellectual and practical: Included in the course fee are several hands-on workshops to engage with practices and techniques of production used by Women Latinists over the centuries. We aim to combine interactive pedagogy with a strong emphasis on primary sources and promoting critical thinking, so that students gain the skills to research the past with "fresh eyes".


What's Included?*

  • Full timetable of morning seminars divided into themes combining opportunities to read, discuss and compare literature from diverse genres and contexts (5 days) and a research symposium (1 day).

  • Selected outings around Florence connected to women Latinists, including a private library visit and ex-convents. 

  • Hands-on creative workshops e.g. our Latin Palaeography and Print-making class in special locations. 

  • Specific sessions tailored towards strengthening your academic research and critical thinking skills and access to resources that be incorporated into your own research & teaching. 

  • Total programming of 5-6 hours per day plus Cultural Programme of optional suggested events for the evening, such as language drop-ins, outdoor film and music events and creative activism in galleries.

  • 5 group lunches

*Flights, accommodation and meals except those listed are not included. Students must be 18 years old at the time of travel unless accompanied.


Fees & How to Apply 

Full Course: £950 (Early Bird: £849 until 1 June 2024)


Apply here!

Please complete an application form to be considered for a place. Places are limited will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Applications close 1 July 2024. If you have any questions about the course, please email

Feedback from previous editions of Women Latinists...

In Florence

"This program left me feeling invigorated in my love of Latin and excited for the school year so I could begin introducing more women-authored texts to my students. The teaching tools I gained and connections I made with the Forte Academy will stay with me for a long time and I look forward to expanding my knowledge of women's Latin even more in the future.
- WL 2023 Student

"This summer course was amazing;
the texts studied and the activities all fit together extremely well; we got a chance to meet interesting women from former times as well as from contemporary Florence, and I particularly liked that so much feminist awareness training happened en route! The two weeks passed all too quickly. Huge thanks to the organizers!"
- WL 2022 Student

"The course was
a delightful jaunt through history, seen through eyes and texts less often encountered.  It was encouraging to see these women's work live again in such a beautiful setting.  The teachers of the course are experts in their fields and show passion for their studies. I can't wait to come back and learn more!"
- WL 2022 Student


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