Inter Versiculos in Sicilia
A ten-Day Workshop in Latin Verse Composition
Led by Dr. David Money of the University of Cambridge
Dates (Tentative): July 3-12, 2018
The workshop will be held near Trapani, Sicily (ancient Drepanum) at the baglio Fontanasalsa, an Arab-style farmhouse in the middle of a working olive farm. The baglio specializes in Sicilian gastronomy, featuring dishes made with products grown and gathered from its farm. The facilities are air-conditioned and the grounds provide the remove and contemplative spaces necessary for us to focus on the poetry.
Situated on the extreme western tip of Sicily, the area around Trapani is steeped in history and legend, from Mount Erice (the site of a Temple to Venus Ericina, which is fabled to have been founded by Aeneas himself), to the Greek temple and the acropolis at Segesta, to the island of Motya, with material remains dating back to the Phoenicians of the 8th BCE. As Virgil sings:
Hinc Drepani me portus et inlaetabilis ora
accipit. Hic, pelagi tot tempestatibus actus,
heu genitorem, omnis curae casusque levamen,
amitto Anchisen: hic me, pater optime, fessum
deseris, heu, tantis nequiquam erepte periclis!
Aeneid III. 707-711
The primary requirement consists in a curiosity about Latin verse composition. Though selection is largely first-come, first-served, the organizers are keen to assemble a dynamic mix of participants.
Participants should have at least an intermediate knowledge of Latin grammar, typically the equivalent of one year of college or two years of high school Latin study.
Continuing Education Unit credits are available for K-12 teachers.
Cost for the Workshop: TBA
This amount to include:
- Instruction and classroom materials
- 9 nights accommodation and full board at Fontanasalsa
- Field trips (e.g. to Motya, Mount Erice, Segesta, Marsala)
- Transportation between the Palermo airport and Fontanasalsa
We are working to secure funds for subsidizing individuals who are unable to afford the full cost of the workshop, however we ask that would-be participants pursue financial support for which they may be eligible. Student participants are encouraged to seek funding from their home colleges and universities. K-12 teachers may find grants available through their local Classical Associations. The Society for Classical Studies offers the David D. and Rosemary H. Coffin Fellowship for Travel in Classical Lands. This fellowship is expressly intended for teachers of Latin and Greek at the secondary level. The American Classical League, too, offers several scholarships that may be used for summer study programs abroad.
Please check back in Fall, 2017.