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2017 English-L

Conventiculum Lexintoniense: 20 - 26 July 2017

Conventus XIV Academiae Latinitati Fovendae: 27 - 31 July 2017

at the University of Kentucky, Lexington

We urge anyone devoted to the study of Latin literature, who is also interested in the use of Latin in speaking and writing, to attend both the conventiculum Lexintoniense and the 14th international congress of the Academiae Latinitati Fovendae. A single modest entry fee of 120 dollars will give access to both events. Please note that the entry fee, once paid, is not refundable. This, unfortunately, is an administrative necessity. The deadline for receipt of entry fees is 1 May, 2017. Those interested in participating in these two Latin language conferences should contact Prof. Terence Tunberg at the following e-mail address:


Conventiculum 2017

These summer workshops have become internationally known for providing a stimulating occasion in which participants can live for an extended period of time in an all-Latin environment, speaking and hearing no language but Latin. Our Latin workshops are specifically designed for those who want to acclimatize themselves to the active use of Latin.

We also invite participants who are already experienced in the active use of Latin. It is our intention that the conventiculum will provide such participants with a pleasant opportunity to practice or enhance their skills in spoken and written Latin, and meet like-minded others.

Our conventicula are NOT designed for people who are still learning essential Latin grammar. All participants should be able to read unadapted Latin texts (even if they need to consult a dictionary fairly often), and should feel reasonably secure in their knowledge of basic morphology and syntax. However, previous experience in speaking Latin is not necessary. The purpose of our seminars is to add an active dimension to the experience of those who already possess a certain passive knowledge of Latin. These seminars should be especially valuable for any cultivator of the Latin language, who wishes to gain some ability to express her or himself ex-tempore in correct Latin on many different subjects. Not only teachers, who may wish to develop their ability use Latin actively and extempore so they can enliven the learning experience for students and augment whatever teaching strategies they prefer to employ, but anyone at all devoted to Latin, such as professors, graduate students, and those who read Latin for personal enrichment, can benefit from our seminars, which are exclusively aimed at helping those who take part to acquire a more instinctive command of the Latin language. With such a command of Latin a person can usually understand Latin writings more directly and easily, without being compelled so often to translate and to think in another language.

Sessions will be aimed exclusively at developing ability in speaking Latin, understanding others speaking Latin, reading and explaining Latin texts in Latin, and writing in Latin. Participants will be involved in intensive activity each day from morning until early evening (with breaks for lunch, etc., of course). Themes for discussion will involve books and literature, but discussions will also be devoted to questions pertaining to every-day life.

On the first day (20 July) there will be no regular sessions, but there will be a general reception with food and drink which will take place from 6:00 p.m. to about 9 or 10 p.m., which we strongly urge all participants to attend. In this initial reception not only Latin, but English or any other language may be used. After the reception, the use of vernacular languages will cease, and Latin will be the only language used in the conventiculum. Participants therefore should try to arrive in Lexington before 4:00 p.m. on the first day so they can get installed in their lodgings and find the site of the sessions before the reception actually begins.


Conventus XIV ALF

The language of this conference will be exclusively Latin. All lectures and all presentations will be entirely in the Latin language.

JOURNEYS will be the main theme of this conference.

The conference will feature presentations by the following Latin speakers:

Arrington, Ionathas — Americanus
Bryant, Petrus — Australianus
Dragnev, Demetrius — Bulgarus
Fontanus (Fontaine), Michael — Americanus
Fritsch, Andreas — Germanus
Harris, Iason — Hibernus
Krause, Pistorius — Americanus
Laes, Christianus — Belga
Marongiu, Paula — Itala
McGowan, Matthaeus — Americanus
O'Cleirigh, Patricius — Hibernus Canadensis
Oenus (Owens) Patricius — Americanus
Pascual Barea, Ioachimus — Hispanus
Pettersson, Daniel — Suetus
Ribeiro, Lenia — Brasiliana
Robertson, Aprilis — Americana
Roggen, Vibecca — Norvega
Sacré, Theodericus — Belga
SantaMaria, Maria Theresa — Hispana
Spataro, Robertus — Italus
Tipton, Iosephus — Americanus
Ventaria, Christina (Domokos, Gyöngyi) — Hungarica
Watanabe, Accius — Iaponicus

Abstracts can be found below.

Lexington is a moderately-sized and quite attractive city, situated in famously beautiful countryside. It is well equipped with such urban amenities such as restaurants and parks. European travelers to Lexington will usually need to make only one stop at a major North American city (these include Atlanta, Cincinnati, Chicago, Detroit, and Charlotte) in order to make connecting flight to Lexington.

Lexington, moreover, has become a distinctive center for Latin studies. The Institute for Latin Studies was founded at the University of Kentucky in 2001. It regularly attracts students from all North America and other regions—students have come from Australia, Columbia, Brasil, France, Italy, Holland, and Great Britain—who want to take advantage of the Institute's unique program of studies involving immersion in a Latin environment, which includes extensive writing and speaking, as well as copious reading, and exposure to Latin literature from the entire patrimony of Latin letters, which extends from early republican Rome to the modern era.

Lexington, of course, is also the seat of the well-known conventiculum Lexintoniense, a week-long festival of Latin, which has been celebrated annually for twenty years. Between seventy and eighty people come every summer to these events to be immersed in an environment in which Latin is the only spoken language, and in which those who take part read and discuss Latin texts, pictures, Latin phrases, and enjoy games, drama, music and other activities—all in the Latin language.



Within walking distance from the site of our sessions are quite a few cafeterias, restaurants, cafes and fast-food outlets—both on and off campus.


There are of course quite a few hotels in Lexington where one can find comfortable and reasonable lodging. However, we recommend that participants in the conventiculum and in the conference stay in student housing, which is not only very close to the site of both events, but also offers rooms at low cost. In student housing a person who shares a suite with a roommate will pay about $40.00 per night. A person who prefers sole occupancy of an entire suite (this will include bathroom and small kitchen) in the same student housing will pay about $80.00 per night. These price estimates include taxes. But please note that these prices were quoted to us in the summer of 2016, and it is possible that the curators of student housing might make small changes in their prices without giving us notice.

Payment for lodging will not be made to the moderators of the conventiculum, but directly to the administrators of the student residence.