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Marco Summer Latin Program

“Dubitando enim ad inquisitionem venimus;
inquirendo veritatem percipimus.”

– Peter Abelard, Sic et Non, c. 1120

Three images of Marco students attending Summer Latin classes.


The Marco Institute offers three levels of non-credit medieval Latin classes each year as part of its Summer Latin Program:


A rigorous overview of *all* the major features of Latin morphology and most of Latin syntax. Suitable for the energetic and committed beginner, or as a review for students of any level who want to brush up. Students are responsible for obtaining their own copies of the textbook, Moreland and Fleischer’s Latin: An Intensive Course.

Intermediate Readings in Medieval Latin:

Intended for students with at least one to two years of college Latin, or equivalent. Covers distinctive features of medieval Latin in a variety of authors. This course prepares graduate students to take the Toronto Level One Latin exam. Texts are provided by the instructor.

Advanced Readings in Medieval Latin:

Intended for students who have already passed the Toronto Level One exam. Covers a range of very difficult medieval Latin prose and poetry and prepares graduate students to take the Toronto Level Two Latin exam. Texts are provided by the instructor.

The beginner/review course is eight weeks in length; the intermediate and advanced level reading courses run concurrently for six weeks. Students with previous Latin experience are invited to take both the beginner/review course and one of the readings courses. Students may not take both readings courses.

The program is geared toward graduate students, but registration is open to anyone. Students working toward a Medieval Certificate or who are planning to take the Toronto Level One or Level Two Latin Examination will find the program particularly helpful. Incoming graduate students are also encouraged to attend, as these courses will provide an excellent opportunity to get to know UT and the Marco community before the start of fall classes.

Please be advised that all of these courses require a substantial amount of preparation (4-5 hours) for each class session; particularly in the beginner class, participants should have a minimum of other commitments.


The schedule for our 2020 Summer Latin courses is forthcoming and will be available in late February/early March.


A stick-figure image of a battle on a white board. The various figures are labeled in Latin.

“The experience has been rewarding and enlightening. I definitely have a new perspective on my Latin studies and feel better equipped to help my beginner high school Latin students.”

– Jeana Partin, 2018 attendee


Registration & Fees:

To register, download our registration form and return it to by April 30:

  • [Form forthcoming in late February/early March 2020]

The program is free of cost for UTK students, faculty, and staff. For attendees who are not currently at UTK, the program will cost $400, payable by check (made out to the University of Tennessee Marco Institute) at the beginning of the program.


Image of various Marco students and instructors in the Summer Latin program attending a picnic in an outdoor space.Information for out-of-town participants:

Previous attendees have found housing through Craigslist, AirBnB, or through UT’s on-campus housing (NB: UT only has limited housing availability, so we cannot guarantee this as an option).

Free street parking is available in the neighborhoods around campus (e.g. Fort Sanders), but cannot be guaranteed. Campus parking permits must be arranged separately through Marco at least two weeks prior to the start of class, and cost $30/month. Further details about UT visitor parking are available at the Parking & Transit Services website.



Contact our Program Coordinator.