May 11, 2013

Free Online Translation Course This Summer


In the summer of 2013 Professors William Turpin (Swarthmore College, Classics) and Bruce Venarde (University of Pittsburgh, History) will be offering a free online Latin translation course, meeting on Google Hangout. The class will meet once a week starting on Monday, June 3, at 8-10 p.m. EST and will continue for perhaps ten weeks. We will be translating and discussing the Gesta Francorum, an anonymous first-hand account of the First Crusade written in relatively straightforward medieval Latin. A sample is offered below.

The course is intended for students who have completed a year or so of classical Latin at the college level, or the equivalent in high school. It should also be suitable for those whose Latin may be a little rusty, or for those particularly interested in medieval Latin. Google Hangout will allow eight active participants (i.e. people who may wish to translate a particular section of text) and an unlimited number of auditors (who will be able to submit questions and comments by email).

Full details about the course are available at , or see updates at

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