UCL Renaissance Latin Reading Group

Timothy Demetris (UCL Italian) will be running the UCL Renaissance Latin Reading Group again this coming term (Term One of the new academic year).

The UCL Renaissance Latin Reading Group is a reading group focused on Latin texts from the Renaissance period for those wishing to improve their Latin through the reading and translation of historical texts. Each week a fifteenth- or sixteenth-century text will be introduced and a passage from it handed out to be translated as 'homework'. The following week translations will be compared and corrected and the text itself discussed.

Latin texts will include Enea Silvio Piccolomini's Epistolae, Pope Pius II's Commentarii, Cardinal Bessarion's Epistolae, Bartolomeo Platina's Liber de vita Christi ac omnium pontificum, the Contract for Ten Frescoes for the Sistine Chapel from the Vatican Secret Archives, Leonardo Bruni's Historiae Florentini populi, Pietro Bembo's Historiae Venetae libri XII, Jacopo Gherardi's Diario romano, Johann Burchard's Liber notarum and Sigismondo dei Conti's Historiae suorum temporum.

A previous acquaintance with the Latin language is required to engage with the Latin texts.

The reading group meets on Tuesdays at 6.00 p.m. in the Italian Seminar Room, Room 351, Third Floor, Foster Court, Malet Place.  Wine will be provided.

For further information, please see the UCL Renaissance Latin Reading Group webpage:

For any questions, please contact Timothy Demetris directly.

The first session of the reading group will take place on Tuesday 4 October. I looking forward to seeing some of you there.

Timothy Demetris
PhD candidate
Department of Italian
University College London