RegisterApplication and Fees

The fees for 2017 are as follows:

  Standard    Full-time student / Concession
Early birds (before December 8)    $215 $165
After December 8 $225 $175
  NOTE: you can pay a $50 deposit then the rest of the fee at the start of the
school. If you choose to do this you will NOT be eligible for the Early Bird discount.


This year we will be charging an extra $10 if you need a copy of your materials posted to you. All materials will also be available under Student Resources and we encourage everyone to download and print them themselves.

Limited parking will be available in the grounds of St Paul's College (entrance is only from City Road) at a total cost of $40 per car for the five days of the school.

Registration for the 2017 Latin Summer School is now open. 


Course Outline

Level Guide to Levels
Texts (will be posted mid November)

This is for complete beginners with no prior knowledge of the language. Students will be introduced to Latin pronunciation and sentence structure as well as basic grammar and syntax. Topics to be covered include: first and second declension nouns, first-second declension adjectives, first and second conjugation verbs (present and imperfect tenses), the irregular verbs “to be” and “to be able”, prepositions and conjunctions.
Tutor: Mary Triantafyllou, Lisa Aronson

A composite course booklet will be provided
1B This will begin with the basics, and move into simple translation with lots of grammar. For those who have begun Latin but have not progressed very far. Topics to be covered include: first, second and third declension nouns and adjectives, comparative and superlative adjectives, indicative active verbs (present, imperfect, perfect and pluperfect), imperative and infinitive verbs.
Tutors: Alex Pinkham, Barbara Twomey
A composite course booklet will be provided


Starting Again
1C If you did some Latin some time (or a long time!) ago and want to go back to the beginning, this is the course for you. It will cover grammar and readings. Grammar topics to be covered depend on the needs of the class, but might include: nouns (all declensions), verbs (all conjugations), indirect commands, statements and questions, result and purpose clauses, expressions of wish, gerunds and gerundives, and case usage.
Tutor: Jerome Westenberg
A composite course booklet will be provided


2A This requires some knowledge of Latin grammar which will be developed, and classes will be split between reading passages of original Latin and grammar work. Grammar topics to be covered depend on the needs of the class, but might include: the introduction of subjunctive forms, indirect statements, ablative absolutes, and conditionals.
Tutors: John Coombs and Mike Salter
A composite course booklet will be provided
2B This will have greater emphasis on extensive graded readings with (optional) prior preparation, while grammar will be revised and extended. You should be familiar with all tenses and cases, but not necessarily passives or subjunctives. Grammar topics to be covered depend on the needs of the class, but might include: revision of verb forms (and introduction of passive or subjunctive forms as required), word order and tactics for reading Latin sentences, gerunds and gerundives, case usage, uses of the subjunctive, revision of noun and adjective declensions and participles.
Tutor: Alexander Westenberg
A composite course booklet will be provided
2C This will be more challenging than 2B, with plenty of readings and grammar revision. Prior preparation of the readings is essential. Grammar topics to be covered depend on the needs of the class, but might include: uses of the ablative, ablative absolutes, gerunds and gerundives, purpose and result clauses, sequence of tenses, indirect statements, relative clauses in indirect discourse.
Tutors: Dane Drivas, Emma Barlow
A composite course booklet will be provided


Intermediate Plus
3A This is designed to widen your reading experience with a variety of original Latin texts, and will include work on style, interpretation, scansion and reading technique. Prior preparation of the readings is essential. Grammar will be explained as needed. Suitable for students sitting the HSC exams in 2017, and for undergraduates with one year’s Latin.
(1) Andrew Miles
(2) Anthony Gibbins and Caroline Brehaut
(3) Phoebe Garrett

You will have three teachers, once each day, and read all three groups of texts:
(1) Juvenal’s Rome
(2) Stories from Ovid’s Metamorphoses
(3) Suetonius

3B This course is designed for primary school teachers. Parents of young children are also welcome. No prior knowledge of Latin is assumed. Teachers will be able to teach simple Latin as a means of expanding children's English vocabulary and understanding of grammar, against an enchanting background of Roman life and Greek myths. Latin for Literacy has been outstandingly successful in England since 2006. The cute Minimus course is hugely popular and accessible.
Tutors: Jane Maguire (UK) and Emily Matters.
Minimus by Barbara Bell CUP


4 (1-5) This level will be reading-based, and texts may be allocated for translation in class. Students are expected to have prepared the texts in advance and discussion is encouraged. Attention will be paid to literary analysis, grammatical and textual problems, and social and historical context. There will be two sessions each day, and participants choose one class from each session. Optional special interest classes will be offered for Level 4 students in the afternoons (you sign up for these on the first day of the summer school). Composite course booklets will be provided.

Group A (9.30am)
1) Frances Muecke
2) Susan Ford
3) Elizabeth Minchin

Group A (9.30am)
1) Ovid’s Aeneid
2) First Century Geographical Texts
3) Statius, Achilleid


Group B (11.15am)
4) Paul Roche
5) Peter Kalina

Group B (11.15am)
4) ‘If you’re going through hell...’: Virgil, Aeneid 6
5) Selections from the ‘ Vita Caroli IV’ the Holy Roman Emperor, namesake of the famous Charles bridge and the university in Prague
4X & Y Reading-based with more attention given to interpretation than translation. The emphasis will be on matters social, historical, or literary. Discussion encouraged. 4X and 4Y may be combined with another level four class or taken together.


4X (9.30am) Bob Cowan
4Y (11.15am) Kathleen Riley


4X: Bleeding chunks of Senecan tragedy
4Y: 'On Friendship': Virgil, Horace, Cicero and Seneca


Payments by cheque or money order can be posted to:

Robert Forgács
The Latin Summer School
9 David St Earlwood NSW 2206


by direct bank deposit to:

Account: BSB : 062 284
Account Number : 1017 4805
Description: Remember to set the payment description to "SLSS17" followed by the name of the registered student, so that we can match the payment and registration.

Registrations / applications will be acknowledged by email or dispatch of reading materials. It is the usual policy of the School for cancellations to incur a charge of $50, which is regarded as a non-refundable initial deposit 



Teacher Endorsement and Parental Consent

School student applications must be accompanied by a letter from parents (see link below), as well as a letter of endorsement from a Latin teacher if the student has studied Latin at school (link below). If you register online, please send these forms to the postal address listed above, or they can be scanned and sent via email to Robert Forgacs at the email address: 


Registration has closed for 2017. Come back later in the year to find details about the 2018 school.