Women Latinists Florence
Dates & Times
Sunday 17 - Sunday 31 July 2022
Join us for two weeks under the Tuscan sun to explore women’s writing in Latin on this unique learning experience that brings language to life in the real spaces where women learnt and wrote Latin. With a strong focus on primary sources from classical antiquity up to the early modern period, you will have the chance to hone your Latin reading skills, discover new authors and discuss a range of themes on a journey through 1,500 years of writing. Our salon-style mornings will be complemented by a range of afternoon activities including special site visits and creative writing on the Arno.
Who is this course suitable for?
Anyone with an intermediate-advanced background in Latin, looking for more practice reading authentic texts. No experience with post-classical Latin required. This course will be of great value to taught and research students plus teachers who have had limited experience reading texts by women.
A Typical Day
9 - 10 Coffee and Colazione
AM Salon-style sessions on women's writing, including pre-reading, translation
time and discussion activities (2 - 3 hours)
PM Group visit, study session outside or hands-on workshop connected to our author(s) of the day.
7 - 9 Join informal, optional activities on the Cultural Programme of events!
*There will be 4-6 hours contact time each day but free time will be factored in to the timetable. No salon-based tuition at the weekend. Picture: Tina at Palazzo Corsini.
In the evenings, students are free to immerse themselves in the Italian dolce vita alongside their studies and join optional events on our Cultural Programme, gaining access to authentic Florentine nightlife, reading groups, spoken language events, creative writing sessions, art exhibitions and rooftop bars.
Our courses in Italy are always intellectual and practical: Included in the course fee are two creative, hands-on workshops to immerse ourselves in the world and experience of Women Latinists over history. At Forte Academy, our seminars are highly interactive with a strong emphasis on primary sources and intellectual tool-building, so that you gain the skills to understand and research the past with "fresh eyes". Our philosophy is to 'Challenge the Canon', with occasional creative activism encouraged!
Full timetable of salon-style morning seminars and after sessions (4 - 5 hours per day) with a strong emphasis on primary sources, combining formal tuition, informal consolidation and speaking, writing and reading opportunities.
A range of immersive learning experiences in context: bringing Latin to life in special sites for women throughout history, including convents and gardens!
2 hands-on workshops in Florence e.g. our textiles and print-making class.
Tickets to site visits on the itinerary, including: The Bardini Museum, The Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens.
Cultural Programme of evening events, such as city walks, outdoor film and music events, art exhibitions and creative activism in galleries with Tina (our art activist barbie).
Welcome and Leaving Meal + 2 lunches.
24/7 Staff Assistance.
*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: £1595
Application Status: Opens late January 2022
Contact us for the course fee list in USD and EUR. Places are limited and applications will be responded to on a first come, first served basis. Students who receive a place offer will be invited to secure their spot for the summer by making a downpayment on the store.
Florence boasts a wide range of accommodation options to suit every budget. We can help advise current students on finding a home base for the week within walking distance of our classroom in the vibrant city centre, from Sunday to Sunday, 14 nights.
Language & Experience Add-Ons
5 x 1 hour conversational Italian lessons
Rafting on the River Arno
Optional add-ons are subject to availability depending on the time of year and can be organised at an additional cost.