Sub Arboribus

A Summer Latin Experience

Mondays through Thursdays, June 7 – July 1, 2021, 9:30-11:30 am Central Time
Tuition $500. Registration Deadline June 4, 2021

I once had the privilege of spending a summer studying Latin in Rome with the late renowned Latinist, Fr. Reginald Foster. In that summer, the magister magistrorum systematically broke down my expectations of how Latin works and ushered me into a deep appreciation of its logic and beauty. In his masterful hands, the language came alive in my mind and in my soul, and it lives on there to this day.

In this course, I will pass on what I learned those many years ago in Rome, seasoned by my own continued reflection and experience with the language since then. And while I am no match for the master, there are nevertheless clear truths and practices that can smooth the way for any Latin student. In a short time I can help you break through the barriers that you feel are hindering your advancement in the language, and accelerate you along the path to fluency in reading Latin of all ages, and especially post-classical Latin. This course is also useful for teachers of Latin looking to strengthen their skills or gain new pedagogical perspectives.

While we will not literally gather under the trees of Rome, the online platform for this course does allow us to come together from afar and enjoy a shadow of that fellowship.

We will read Latin of all periods, with special attention given to Medieval and Renaissance Latin. You will learn advanced syntactical and structural analysis, grounded in the idiomatic forms and rhythms of Latin. You will learn the principles that reduce complex sentences to workable ones, and sharpen the precision with which you read the moods and tenses of verbs, and the deployment of the cases. Together, these will allow you to read any Latin text confidently.

This course is suited for intermediate and advanced students. As a minimum, the student ought to have completed a complete course of Latin grammar (typically 2 or 3 semesters of college Latin, the equivalent of finishing Wheelock or Moreland and Fleischer). This course is intended for college and older students, but exception may be made for a well-qualified high school student.

“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

“Simply put, Junius Johnson is the best Latin teacher I have ever experienced in my many years of supervising education. He is a true scholar of the Latin language from the classical period to the neo-Latin present; he has success teaching every age and skill level. Junius is compassionate with those who are less gifted than he, but still manages to stretch his students in a friendly and inviting manner. I wholeheartedly recommend him to you as your teacher.  Trust me, the encounter will be memorable.”

Jonathan Beeson, Pre-K-12 School Administrator

“Junius Johnson loves Latin and has an engaging way of presenting it to his students.”

Cole

About the Instructor
Dr. Junius Johnson (PhD, Yale University) is internationally recognized as a leading Latinist and a dynamic teacher. An accomplished linguist proficient in twelve languages, Dr. Johnson studied Latin at the Vatican with the late Fr. Reginald Foster, architect of many of the Vatican’s Latin documents in the second half of the twentieth century and widely regarded as one of the greatest modern Latinists. As a Lecturer in Ecclesiastical Latin at the master’s and doctoral level at Yale University for nearly a decade, Dr. Johnson’s former students include some of the brightest and most accomplished young scholars working today. His translations have appeared in books by Yale University Press and numerous scholarly journals, have been set to music, and have even been used in Hollywood. He is the author of four books, including Bonaventure On The Eucharist: Commentary on the Sentences, Book IV,dist. 8-13, (Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations 23, Louvain: Peeters Press, 2017), an English translation of an important Medieval theological text.

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