Monday, April 24, 2006

Going to Rome!

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I know this title will perk up the eyes of the readers but it is true. It is necessary for me to reveal this news to you. I received word today that Fr. Reginald Foster OCD has accepted me into his summer Latin school for 8 weeks this summer in Rome. Ha! I bet you thought this was an announcement about my swimming the Tiber! Let's see how many rumours get started from reading the first line! Anyway, Fr. Foster is a legend around Rome and his students leave quite knowledgeable about the language from what I understand. I am looking now for a place to stay (someone to put me up!) so that I can attend this intensive and advanced Latin course. I hate to be away from my family for eight weeks but my wife has suggested that it would be wise due to the direction of my research that I have a solid grasp on Latin. So, I have much to learn!! Rhea will fly over a couple of times to see me for long weekends, which will make the time away a bit easier and give me something to look forward to on the weekends when she can come. Latin is six days a week and quite intensive but it will be worth the effort and time for my future research.

Please pray for my good fortune in finding a place to stay while I am there at a very reasonable price.


Blogger M. Stewart said...

Jeff, congrats! He is a legend on the Latin teacher listservs. What previous work have you done in Latin?

3:51 am  
Blogger Jeff said...


I have done most of my Latin training on my own. I took a course thru Wheelock's in a week which was a killer. I worked through Ecclesiastical Latin twice and now going through Wheelock's again with a tutor before I head to Rome, if I can find a place to stay. I am still working on that one.

7:41 am  
Blogger M. Stewart said...

At UTexas, I was taught through Wilding's Latin and Wheelock's Latin. This year I've been teaching Latin using Hans Oerberg's Lingua Latina. Texas had a copy in their library; I wonder if you can find one there. Matt Colvin recommended it to me and it is great. It is written entire in Latin. The grammar starts our slow (Roma in Italia est.) and moves on towards more and more unaltered Latin.

Anyhow, I recommend it as a second text to go back and shore up your reading ability, plus it is a pleasure to just sit and read rather than doing countless exercises.

After lurking for such a long time, it is great to see a post on which I think I may be able to contribute. I pray that you find your time with Fr. Foster to be of profit. I am envious for both your teacher and classroom. Wow. I've read that he often holds class outside and in gardens and such. Wow.

4:21 am  
Blogger Jeff said...

I hear that as well. Of course he is the Pope's Latinist and he takes you on trips with fine wine and teaches in Latin as well. If the Lord provides, I imagine this will be one of the best learning experiences I may ever have. I humbly pray for it. The Lord knows I need some more advanced and structured Latin reading. It's much too slow now! Thanks for the contributing. Please feel free to do more.

all the best.

7:48 am  

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