Getty Villa Teens programs

Summer Latin Academy (Academia Aestiva Latina) at the Getty Villa

Date: Monday, June 23–Friday, June 27, 2014, daily; 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Location: The Getty Villa
Admission: The application period is closed. Check back for 2015 dates.

Latin Academy students
The Summer Latin Academy offers high school Latin students an opportunity to immerse themselves in the language and culture of the ancient Romans. This week-long program combines classroom instruction in spoken Latin with activity-based exploration of the Getty Villa site and Museum collection. Led by local high school teachers affiliated with the North American Institute for Living Latin Studies (SALVI) in collaboration with Getty Villa museum educators, the program is a chance to discover the pleasures of spoken Latin in the unique environment of a museum modeled on an ancient Roman luxury villa.

The 2014 Summer Latin Academy theme, Do ut des: Religion in Antiquity, will focus on the development and practice of ancient religion from Greek and Roman paganism to contemporary religions that themselves have roots in the ancient world. Students will have the opportunity to discuss ideas behind religious ritual, iconography in art, sacred texts, as well as the many similarities among the religions of the world. Furthermore, students to the Summer Latin Academy will be treated to an exploration of the Getty Villa's Special Exhibition, Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections, in conjunction with the summer's theme. While the exhibition considers the Christianization of the Roman world, close attention will also be paid to Judaism and Islam, as well as some discussion of the religions of the Far East. Readings and activities will supplement classroom instruction and museum tours, and special lectures and field trips are planned to help illuminate the summer's theme.

Latin Academy instructors and students
Participation in the Summer Latin Academy is by application. High school students with at least one year of Latin are encouraged to apply. Advanced ability in Latin does not ensure placement in the program; all applications are considered. For further information, please contact

Read about the 2011 Summer Latin Academy on the Getty's blog The Iris.

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