Liturgy Institute London

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Advanced Latin

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Latin Fourth Experience = Advanced Latin

Latin Summer Term
15 – 26 August 2022

Daniel VowlesTaught by: Daniel Vowles

Students develop an appreciation of the Latin language through reading and understanding texts from every age and very many authors. They will develop a more comprehensive understanding of ideas expressed in Latin and greater ease and precision in expressing them in both Latin and English.


We shall cover the main elements, but not all of the Fourth Experience from the book Ossa Latinitatis Sola, and its forthcoming companion Ossa Ostensa Book 3. These include three major elements: the accusative with the infinitive; gerunds and gerundives; conditional sentences along with their various usages. By the end of the course, student will be prepared to:

1. recognize and produce the accusative with the infinitive and discern its use in indirect discourse and as object sentences,

2. distinguish between the gerund or gerundive and the participle of passive necessity; convert gerunds into gerundives and vice versa as possible,

3. recognize and produce conditional sentences: factual, foggy-future and contrary to fact in the present and in the past.

4. recognize and understand the 3% use of the sequence of tenses and verbs in the subjunctive mode due to modal attraction,

5. recognize and produce the expressions that accompany verbs of doubting, fearing and prohibiting,

6. recognize oblique complements of verbs, and produce their passive construction,

7. recognize specific usages of the dative, genitive, ablative.

8. provide an overview of: the fourteen ways to express purpose; the ten different usages of the relative pronoun; positive and negative commands,

Not for credit – Credit

LA711 Advanced Latin is not for credit. The accredited version of this same course is L711 Proficient Latin for Liturgists. Both courses cover the same material and indeed they are taught together. Literature is considered according to the needs of the students enrolled.

Dates: 15 – 26 August 2022 (Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August are free days)

Hours:3 hours weekdays (including a 24 minute break).

Precise schedule to be determined depending on the time-zones of participants. The course anticipates the student will spend 60 hours in personal reading and study.

Location: Liturgy Institute London (at Ealing Abbey)
74 Castlebar Road Ealing London, W5 2DD, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)20 8862 2156
For further details or to register contact the Institute:
E-mail Clare Cogswell, the Registrar, at this linked E-mail address.
Location on Google Maps is found here.

Students wishing more instruction are encouraged to enrol also in Reading Cicero’s Letters, LA811. A discount is offered when both courses are taken together.

Previous knowledge:

The material covered in the First and Third Experiences of the book Ossa Latinitatis Sola is presumed for this proficient or advanced course in Latin. Thus, the student is expected to have been introduced to the following skills:

  1. an understanding of the principles of the subjunctive in Latin,
  2. producing the forms of the subjunctive and to work with them,
  3. discerning among the numerous uses of the subjunctive
  4. and rendering them accurately into English,
  5. work with the sequence of tenses in Latin and English texts,
  6. producing the forms of the participles and their natural meaning,
  7. and understanding their different uses,
  8. giving first the natural meaning of the ablative absolute
  9. and discerning its relation to the whole sentence.


Students develop an appreciation of the Latin language through reading and understanding texts from every age of Latinity and very many authors. Each daily session involves three elements:

i. reviewing together the personal study given the previous day.
ii. presenting and discussing an aspect of expression in the Latin language,
iii. encountering Latin authors and understanding their expression.

Course material

We use the teaching method of Reginald Foster OCD, retired papal Latinist of forty years. We shall cover these main elements from the Fourth Experience from his book Ossa Latinitatis Sola: The Mere Bones of Latin. This is also reflected in the new series by Laura Pooley, Ossa Ostensawhose forthcoming Book 3 corresponds to this intermediate course.

♦ Latin texts are distributed in class.

♦ LEWIS, C.T. – C. SHORT, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford UP, Oxford – New York 1879, reprinted 1995.

♦ GILDERSLEEVE, B.L, – G. LODGE, Gildersleeve’s Latin Grammar, Bolchazy-Carducci, Wauconda IL 2003, reprint of 31895 (GL).

♦ FOSTER, R.T. – D.P. MCCARTHY,  Ossa Latinitatis Sola ad mentem Reginaldi rationemqueThe Mere Bones of Latin according to the thought and system of Reginald, (Latinitatis Corpus 1), Catholic University of America Press, Washington DC 2016. Available from the publisher or from or from

image of Daniel McCarthyRecomended materials

♦ FOSTER, R.T. – D.P. MCCARTHY, “Collectarum latinitas”, in Appreciating the CollectAn Irenic Methodology, ed. J.G. Leachman – D.P. McCarthy (DREI, Liturgiam aestimare 1), St Michael’s Abbey Press, Farnborough 2008, 27-56 (more info here; available from the publisher).

♦ MCCARTHY, D.P., Listen to the Word, The Tablet Publishing, London 2009 (more info here; a few remaining copies are available on site).

♦ Participants with a personal computer, with a LAN cable or wireless connectivity and a UK plug-in adapter will benefit more readily from online resources.

Description of learning activities

The course has three daily activities.

  1. In preparation for each session daily the student reads for understanding the relevant encounters in Ossa Latinitatis Sola.
  2. In class students sight-translate the Latin expressions of many authors from different ages and types of literature with the help of the teacher and the Lewis and Short dictionary. All discuss unfamiliar aspects of the Latin texts as they arise.
  3. The instructor presents daily specific ways in which Latin functions and is expressed. Examples are provided, from which students generate new examples. All discuss these Latin forms and expressions as they come up in the readings.
  4. Students prepare outside of class daily ludi domestici or “domestic games” (self-study) with which students teach themselves the Lain language by learning from the examples of Latin authors on which they base their personal Latin compositions. These are reviewed in class as time allows.

Note: Students must be over 18 years of age.

All students of Advanced Latin are encouraged to also enrol with IL London in Reading Cicero’s Letters, LA811 and receive a discounted rate when both courses are taken together.

Dates: 2022, Block IV

15 – 19 August (Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August are free days) and
22-26 August 2022.

Non-residential students may enrol in both weeks or for the first week only.

Limited accommodation is available in Ealing Abbey house for guests for students enrolled for both weeks.

Residential students may arrange to arrive on Saturday 13 or Sunday 14 August or before the course begins on Monday 15 August 2022.

Residential students may arrange to depart depart after their last session on Friday 26 August or on the next day, Saturday 27 August.

Travel – Accommodation:

More information on travel to Ealing by air, train or metro and on accommodation at or near Ealing Abbey is available on this web-site under the button: “Registration”.

© D. McCarthy, updated 1 February 2022.