An Advanced Summer Latin Experience

I once had the privilege of spending a summer studying Latin in Rome with the late renowned Latinist, Fr. Reginald Foster. In that summer, the magister magistrorum systematically broke down my expectations of how Latin works and ushered me into a deep appreciation of its logic and beauty. In his masterful hands, the language came alive in my mind and in my soul, and it lives on there to this day.

In this course, I will pass on what I learned those many years ago in Rome, seasoned by my own continued reflection and experience with the language since then. And while I am no match for the master, there are nevertheless clear truths and practices that can smooth the way for any Latin student. In a short time I can help you break through the barriers that you feel are hindering your advancement in the language, and accelerate you along the path to fluency in reading Latin of all ages, and especially post-classical Latin. This course is also useful for teachers of Latin looking to strengthen their skills or gain new pedagogical perspectives.

While we will not literally gather under the trees of Rome, the online platform for this course does allow us to come together from afar and enjoy a shadow of that fellowship.

We will read Latin of all periods, with special attention given to Medieval and Renaissance Latin. You will learn advanced syntactical and structural analysis, grounded in the idiomatic forms and rhythms of Latin. You will learn the principles that reduce complex sentences to workable ones, and sharpen the precision with which you read the moods and tenses of verbs, and the deployment of the cases. Together, these will allow you to read any Latin text confidently.

This course is suited for intermediate and advanced students. As a minimum, the student ought to have completed a complete course of Latin grammar (typically 2 or 3 semesters of college Latin, the equivalent of finishing Wheelock or Moreland and Fleischer). This course is intended for college and older students, but exception may be made for a well-qualified high school student.

June 6 - 30, 2022
Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 11:30 am (CDT)

Registration deadline June 3, 2022

$600 / student

  • I had a great experience taking Sub Arboribus with Junius. I grew much more confident with my Latin knowledge and translation skills, including sight-reading, which hitherto had always terrified me. I really enjoyed being able to engage with other academics and teachers in a non-competitive environment where our mistakes and shortcomings could be freely acknowledged and learned from. If anyone has qualms about their Latin and wants to become more comfortable reading it, they should definitely take this course!

  • This course provides a great framework for an intensive Latin review. It encouraged me to go back to basics as well as set new goals for reading and translating. As a medievalist, I found the focus on post-classical prose especially helpful. Recommended!

  • I highly, highly recommend Sub Arboribus! Our meetings and assignments were rigorous, personal, lively, and fun. Our class was comprised of graduate students, Latin teachers, and amateur enthusiasts, and Junius was able to engage everyone across a variety of strengths, weaknesses, and interests. While discussing the idiosyncrasies of Latin grammar, we'd often organically segue into theories of language development, interesting etymologies, and philosophies of learning and teaching...

  • ...Junius is an incredible font of knowledge and a kind, funny instructor -- who will nevertheless hold your feet to the fire if the situation calls for it. I looked forward to our Zoom meetings every day and was sorry when our course wrapped up! I studied Latin in high school and college, but I hadn't had any formal study in several years. Sub Arboribus helped me shake off the rust and take on concepts that I'd long gotten away with misunderstanding. The class is challenging, and the rewards are high!

  • Simply put, Junius Johnson is the best Latin teacher I have ever experienced in my many years of supervising education. He is a true scholar of the Latin language from the classical period to the neo-Latin present; he has success teaching every age and skill level. Junius is compassionate with those who are less gifted than he, but still manages to stretch his students in a friendly and inviting manner. I wholeheartedly recommend him to you as your teacher. Trust me, the encounter will be memorable.

  • Junius has such a robust understanding of the language, and his passion is contagious. His approach invites parents, educators, and students to re-imagine how they think about Latin, moving from merely transactional to experiential. He’s also not afraid to address many of the “why” questions that all too often go unanswered. Highly recommend!