Arx Veritatis is an academy associated with the Renovatio Christianitatis and exists to promote the learning of classical languages and culture.
In order to be truly international, to learn more quickly, and to enter more profoundly into the learning experience, all of the courses, and daily business of the academy will be conducted in Latin as the language of communication, until after Vespers at which point vernacular languages will on occasion be used. Of course if a student is working with a farmer or artisan outside of the academy whichever language is most convenient for communication may be used.
The training of future teachers, scholars, and leaders for the renewal of Christendom by returning to and then moving forward from the Classical and Medieval roots of Christian Culture.
Since any good academy is not merely academic, music, poetry, and various arts as time and talents permit will be pursued outside of the normal classes.
Since good food and honest labor are imperative to attaining virtue and a keen mind, the students will also participate in daily labor in either farming or artisan work in order to subsidize their diet by growing their own food and exercising their bodies in order to maintain mental clarity.
For a typical 1-day intensive course we generally cover the first 4 chapters of Lingua Latina per se Illustrata and appropriate ancillary material prepared by the instructor. By the end of these sessions, participants will be able to read some very basic Latin text without translating in their mind.
A typical weekend seminar covers chapters I-VII of Lingua Latina. By the end of this type of seminar students feel comfortable using some basic Latin phrases, are able to ask and answer questions about a text in Latin and will have seen the first 3 Declensions all cases, numbers, genders and all 4 conjugations in the present tense.
The 1-week seminar covers 10 to 12 chapters of Lingua Latina, depending on the total hours of instruction and time students are able to devote apart from in-class instructions. By the end of this sort of seminar participants should be able to read more quickly and enjoyably; they will have seen all 5 noun declensions, and have learned well over 500 vocabulary words. In addition after a week, students generally feel comfortable having basic conversations in Latin.
Year Programm 2016-2017
15 September--Saint Nicholas:
Course 1: Roman History : Roma Aeterna by Hans Orberg
Course 2: Roman Literature & Culture: Fabulae Syrae Luigi Miraglia, Sermones Romani Hans Orberg, Aeneis I,IV Vergilii, Catilina, etc.
Course 3: History of Christendom: Epitome Historiae Sacrae Lhomond, Acta Apostolorum, Octavius Munucii Felicis, Regula Sancti Benedicti, Passio Perputae, Martyrlogium Romanum, Prudentius, Augustinus, Ambrosius, etc.
Winter: February through Eastertide
Course 1: Introduction to Ancient Greek: Athenaze I by Miraglia, et al., Greek Boy at Home W.H.D. Rouse, Polis
Course 2: Roman Literature: Carmina Bucolica, Amphitryo Plauti, Comentarii de Bello Gallico, De Rerum Natura Lucretii, De Vita Beata, De brevitate Vitae Senecae, De Amicitia, De Senectute Ciceronis, alia
Course 3: Christendom: Vita Caroli Magni, Vita Bonifatii, Poesia Christiana, Sermones Gregorii Magni, Etymologiarum Isidori, De Institutione Divinarum Litterarum, De Artibus et Disciplinis Liberalium Artium Cassiodori etc.
Summer Semster: June-July
Course 1: Ancient Greek: Athenaze II
Course 2: Roman Philosophy: De Re Rupiblica, De Legibus, De Officiis, Disputationes Tusculanae Ciceronis,
Course 3: Christendom: Summa Contra Gentiles Thomae Aquinatis
In addition to our normal courses, part of the education/formation at will include praying/chanting the hours in Latin, learning Gregorian Chant, and participating in daily Tridentine Mass.
NATHAN FREEMAN | FOUNDER
Nathan Freeman (Theodorus Liber), founder of the Arx Veritatis, studied Latin first as an autodidact (with help from the excellent Magister Mattheus Frazer) and later briefly at the Vivarium Novum (apud Aloisium ipsum!) before completing the M.A. in Classics at the University of Kentucky, under the tutelage of world-renowned Latinists Terentius Tuneberg and Milena Minkova. From his experience teaching Latin on three continents, Magister Freeman saw not only a great need to help train future Latin teachers but also to establish an academy where the ideals, not only of classical antiquity, but also of Medieval Christendom would form an integral part of the education.
In addition, Magister Freeman has written a hand-full of books on what some might call “social theory” and is always preparing ancillary pedagogical materials to facilitate the teaching of active Latin.