Latinitas

My study of Latin began as a very pragmatic need: as someone working in Medieval theology, I needed to be able to read Latin in order to access primary texts. Latin was to me no more than a means to an end, a necessary tool. Not surprisingly, I found it difficult, annoying, and frustrating. But I couldn’t give up, unless I also wanted to give up my scholarly specialty.

Fortunately, I didn’t stay there. What changed for me was that I stopped seeing the language only as a tool or a means; I became interested in it for its own sake, began to see the beauty in it, and thus to love it apart from what it could do for me. In Rome, the eternal city, studying under one of the great Latinists of our time (and probably all time), I encountered the language on its own terms, and it transformed how I thought about it. On the strength of this new vision of Latin, I became not just proficient, but gained a reputation among my peers as a top Latinist, often sought to consult on difficult issues of translation.

Since then, I have taught Latin to hundreds of students of all ages, and seen that same transformation that unlocked the language for me do so for them. This is what I offer those who come to study with me: not just top-notch Latin instruction, but a vision for the language that brings your goals within your reach, and turns the study of Latin from a duty into a joy.

Colloquia Latinitatis – Free evening sessions about Latin learning and teaching.

Courses for Young Learners

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Latin Boot Camps – These one week courses are designed to aid middle and high school students in their study of Latin by transforming the way they view the language and uncovering the fundamental principles that make learning Latin easier.

Iunioribus Sub Arboribus – An accelerated class for middle and high school students looking to catch up on Latin, strengthen their foundation, or start Latin study with a huge head-start. Next offering July 2 – 29, 2021. Registration now open!

Courses for Adults

Sub Arboribus – This course, for intermediate and advanced students, unites theory and practice to develop the skills necessary to read the most difficult Latin from all periods of the language. This Latin experience will bridge whatever gap remains between having studied Latin and being able to read Latin well. Next offering summer 2022.

Latin Fundamentals for Parents – Feel like you don’t know what your kid is talking about when they share their Latin homework? Wish you could help more, but don’t have time to learn Latin? This 4 week course will give you what you need to know! Next offering July 6 – 27, 2021. Registration now open!

Intensive Latin I & II – Finally learn Latin in 20 weeks, or get your Latin rock solid by using these courses as a review. No previous knowledge of Latin necessary, covers all of Latin grammar. Next offering July 5- September 16, 2021. Registration now open!

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Junius Johnson is one of the best professors I have ever encountered. He is deeply knowledgeable and qualified, but also uses humor and a sense of play to foster a collaborative and engaging learning environment — all while pushing his students to do and be their best. He equipped me with the essential skills of nuanced Latin translation, and perhaps just as importantly instilled in me a love for the language and appreciation for its historical development and contexts. More than a decade after studying with him, I continue to benefit from Professor Johnson’s instruction and in fact am currently translating a ninth-century text for publication.

Jennifer Awes Freeman, Assistant Professor and Program Director of Theology and the Arts at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities