Hortus deliciarum

Latin Summer School

Online Course, June 1st – September 1st, 2021

When summer comes, we all want to rest, go on holiday, and free from thought. At the same time, however, we also happen to have more time for ourselves and our own personal development. As such, how should one reconcile the pleasures in studying literature with the much-desired free time that will presumably come in the months ahead?

With sensitivity to your time and needs, Schola Humanistica has developed a new program: the first course for ancient and modern Latin literature that can be followed when and where you would like between June 1st and September 1st 2021.

We will provide you with a vast selection of pre-recorded lessons that will be available for 90 days. You will also receive a printable packet with all the texts for the course to both facilitate participation in lessons and to provide you with material that can be shared with students and colleagues.

Also of note is that there will be opportunities to interact with others in group settings: in addition to the course materials, you will be able to participate in five discussion seminars to interact with our instructors and the other course participants. Each discussion seminar will focus on one of the themes for the course and will allow you to speak with other course participants.

Alongside our instructors you will endeavor on a long and enjoyable journey through all centuries of Latinity. You will also read fascinating passages on the joys and pleasures of life, from love to vacations, from dreams to banquets, from free time at the baths, from games to descriptions of extraordinary deeds, from the acquisition of books to the pleasures to be found in old age.






1. Thermarum gaudia
June 23rd, 2021, h. 18:00-19:00 CET
2. Studium antiquitatum
July 14th, 2021, h. 18:00-19:00 CET
3. Alea et vina
July, 28th, 2021, h. 18:00-19:00 CET
4. Prodigia et ostenta
August, 4th, h. 18:00-19:00 CET
5. Senectutis oblectamenta
August, 18th, h. 18:00-19:00 CET






Lusus amantium
1. Lucius and Photis 2. Love poetry of the Renaissance
Otium rusticum
3. Post fanum putre Vacunae 4. In Petrarch’s Garden
5. The Dreams of Valerius Maximus 6. Lullabies in Latin
7. Horatian convivia 8. The convivia of Erasmus
Otium gratissimum
9. Seneca otiosus 10. Facetiae of Poggio Bracciolini


How will it work? We have also streamlined the process for participating in the course. Once you have completed your registration, we will send a single link to watch the recorded lectures, download the packet with the texts and participate in the five discussion seminars. The only thing you have left to do at this point is hurry to come and visit Hortus deliciarum!




    Giuseppe Marcellino



    Paolo Pezzuolo

    Intended course audience

    Teachers, students and scholars of the ancient world.


    Online, using Zoom as a platform.




    Intermediate or advanced

    Professional development credit

    At the end of the course, a certificate of participation will be issued.


    99 €


    Once enrolled, you will be placed on the participants’ list and you will be sent an email with the necessary login information for your course.

    Lesson materials

    Lesson materials will be distributed during the lesson to deepen our exploration of the themes for the course.