Summer Study: Classical, Medieval and Near Eastern Institute
Notre Dame's summer language courses are for motivated undergraduates and graduate students. Our courses give students the opportunity to study the ancient languages necessary to understanding Greek and Roman, Judaic, Early Christian, Medieval and Byzantine civilizations. Students may study a language while taking additional courses in history or theology.
Our campus is comfortable and serene during the summer. On-campus housing and food service are convenient, readily available, and comparatively inexpensive. In addition, Notre Dame’s Library has special strengths in Biblical Studies, Early Christian Literature, Medieval Studies, and Byzantine Studies.
See the full list of course times and offerings.
BEGINNING LATIN I
CLLA 10001/60001 01
BEGINNING LATIN II
CLLA 10002/60002 01
This two-semester sequence of courses introduces students to the language of the ancient Romans for the first time. It emphasizes the fundamentals of Latin grammar and vocabulary, and prepares students to read original Latin texts. An appreciation for ancient Roman culture is also fostered through secondary readings and class discussion.
CLLA 20103/60103 01
Prof. Brian Krostenko
This course builds on the work of Beginning Latin I and II. It combines a review of grammar with careful reading of classical Latin authors such as Cornelius Nepos and Ovid. The course improves students' translating skills, introduces methods for studying Latin literature in its historical and cultural contexts, and prepares students for more advanced work in the sophisticated literature of the ancient Romans.
Augustine: Life & Sermon
Prof. Hildegund Müller
OLF (Fully online)
Augustine of Hippo (354-430 CE) is generally recognized to be the greatest of the Latin Church Fathers and one of the foremost thinkers of the Western Church. Have you ever wanted to encounter his ideas in the Latin original, but have shied away from the complexity and sheer volume of his major works? Then this course is for you!
We will approach Augustine’s teachings the same way his congregation did: through reading his sermons in Latin and listening as he explains his thoughts on grace, the sacraments and priesthood, the Bible and the history of salvation in the clear and accessible words of a preacher. The readings are suitable for students who have taken an Intermediate Latin course or anyone at an intermediate or advanced level, both first-time learners and students who want to refresh their Latin or take their first steps in Christian Latin.
The course provides an introduction to Augustine’s major ideas, as well as his life and the events of his bishopric, including his fight against pagan beliefs and those Christian groups he considered heretical. We will encounter Augustine as a thinker, an reader of the Bible, a shepherd of souls and a mystic. In addition to the texts themselves, we will consider the historical, liturgical and philosophical background and discuss the material context in which his sermons were delivered: the buildings and their furniture, the listeners and the cities they inhabited, the preacher, his rhetoric and his body language.
Flipped Classroom Approach: Prior to each live session, you will be asked to watch a content video (available via Sakai). These videos will provide a foundation for the discussion topic of the session. By preparing in this way, we will be able to dig deeper into understanding the sermons and have more time available for questions and clarifications during our time together.
CLLA 40116/60116 01
Prof. David Gura
This introduction to the Latin language and literature of the late antique and medieval periods (fourth to fifteenth centuries) is designed both to introduce students to distinctive characteristics of medieval Latin, and to move students toward independent work with medieval Latin texts. Students will learn about developments in medieval Latin (morphology, syntax, vocabulary, orthography and pronunciation); practice close reading and accurate translation of a broad and representative selection of medieval Latin texts (including examples of the following: Latin influenced by another language; administrative Latin; technical texts; scholastic Latin; Latin of various professions; narrative accounts; imitations of classical style; formal styles; rhymed prose; cursus; ornamented styles; rhymed and metric poetry); review and practice the principal constructions of classical Latin in order bolster confidence and accuracy in comprehension and translation; and be introduced to some of the areas and tools of medieval Latin philology, including lexica, bibliographies, important edited collections and repertories of sources (printed and online) through exercises involving the use of these sources. Note: The Medieval Academy of America¿s Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) a limited number of stipends for graduate students taking summer courses in Medieval Latin or Latin Paleography for credit through the Medieval Institute at Notre Dame. Application details and eligibility information are available at medieval.nd.edu/summer-study/.
Beginning Greek I
CLGR 10001/60001 01
Beginning Greek II
CLGR 10002/60002 01
This two-semester sequence of courses introduces students to the language of the ancient Greeks for the first time. It emphasizes the fundamentals of ancient Greek grammar and vocabulary, and prepares students to read original Greek texts. An appreciation for ancient Greek culture is also fostered through secondary readings and class discussion.
This second-year language course is designed for students who have taken one year of Beginning Greek or its equivalent. The course combines a review of grammar with careful reading of classical Greek authors including Lysias, Plato, and Homer. In addition to improving students' translating skills, this course introduces methods for studying Greek literature in its historical and cultural contexts, and it prepares students for more advanced work with a variety of ancient Greek literary genres. At the course's end students will be functioning independent readers of Greek.