The 23rd Latin Summer School will take place from Monday January 16 to Friday January 20, 2017, in the Education Building and at The Old Teachers' College at the University of Sydney. It is open to students from the age of 13 upwards. Registrations will begin in early October. 

The Latin Summer School has a Social Inclusion Policy

Robert Forgács will be in Europe from October 3 until November 5. While registrations can and should occur during this period, no cheques will be banked during this time, and it may take several days to answer any enquiries about online enrolments and direct deposits. All the instructions for making a direct deposit are on this registration form, and these instructions should be followed carefully.

The Latin Summer School held annually in January at the University of Sydney, was founded by the late Professor Kevin Lee and Dr Trevor Evans. It attracts over 200 students of all ages, from 13 up. It consists of daily tutorial sessions on a wide selection of Latin texts (provided) at all levels from beginners to advanced. The tutorials are conducted by experienced teachers from universities and schools in NSW and ACT.

In addition there is a series of lectures: a choice of two or three each day, except for the first day when there is traditionally a key note lecture. These lectures cover a wide variety of topics of classical interest. Exceptionally, the key note lecture will be replaced in 2017 by a performance of a shortened version of Plautus's comedy Menaechmi, staged by Dr Anne Rogerson and students from the Latin Department at the University of Sydney. The performance will be in Latin with English surtitles.

The 2017 Latin Summer School will be marked by a further initiative; a BOSTES accredited course 'Latin in the Primary School' will be run by Jane Maguire, a specialist in this area in the UK, who will be our guest at the 23rd LSS and will run the course together with Dr Emily Matters  

There is always plenty of opportunity for social inter-action and the week concludes with a barbecue for all.


In 2017 there will, as usual, be a Neo-Latin poetry translation competition. In 2016 five prizes were awarded to entries in the Neo-Latin poetry competition. The winners were Sanju Vairav, Daniel Forrest, Lisa Creffield, Alex Jones and Terry Clarke. The winning translations can be viewed here.

Also in 2017, as in 2016, there will be a Diurna Competition: two prizes of $150 each will be awarded for an original 450-word contribution on any subject related to the Classical Word. The winners in the inaugural 2016 Diurna competition were Sanju Vairav and David White.


Kenneth Moss Bursary

Thanks to a generous donation in memory of Dr Kenneth Moss AM (Chancellor of the University of Newcastle, NSW), a Bursary is available for one student to attend the Latin Summery School each year. Details are available here. The successful applicant for 2016 was Matthew Giakoumatos.

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