Ghost, Demons and Black Magic in Latin Literature

Online Course of Latin

The Lemuria was a festival of three days in which the Romans performed night rituals to appease the souls of the dead and free their own homes from evil spirits. Schola Humanistica has developed a new series of courses on the theme of ghosts, demons, shades and black magic. Each one-month course consists of reading and a series of discussions on ancient, medieval or modern literature. In doing so, course participants will have an opportunity to practice conversational Latin and the composition of Latin prose.
The texts will be presented in five videos of an hour each, made available at the convenience of the viewer for more one month and a half. We will also send you a printable packet with all the texts for the course.To facilitate group interaction, there will also be an option to participate in four live seminars with our instructors and course participants.
Each meeting will center on one of the themes for the course and will furnish you with an opportunity to converse with other participants and interact with them, even if virtually.In addition, optional exercises designed to refine conversational capacity with the language will be provided.



The return of Theopropides the old man to Athens sets off a humorous succession of pranks and counter pranks designed to convince him that his house is haunted.The Mollestaria, one of Plautus’s more enjoyable comedies, helps the reader to not only deeply appreciate this playwright, but to also enrich their command of Latin vocabulary, especially as it pertains to architecture, nighttime diversions, and ghosts.



Schedule Topic
Wednesday, December 8th , 2021 17:00-18:15 CET 
How to describe a house
Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 17:00-18:15 CET
The Spirits of the Dead
Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021 17:00-18:15 CET  Bankers and Moneylenders
Wednesday, December 29th, 17:00-18:15 CET
A Licentious Life





Video Topic
Schola prima
A Licentious Youth (Act I)
Schola altera
A Haunted House (Act II)
Schola tertia
Buying a house in Athens (Act III)
Schola quarta
The Prank in Waiting (Act IV)
Schola quinta
Torture and Forgiveness (Act V)


Registration deadline:

December 7th, 2021






    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.





    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.