Getty Villa Teens programs

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

The Getty Villa's 2018 Summer Latin Academy will take place from Monday, June 18 through Friday, June 22. Admission is by application. High School students with at least one full year of Latin are encouraged to apply.

Manuscripts Department
The Summer Latin Academy offers 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 antiquities collection. Led by local high school teachers affiliated with the North American Institute for Living Latin Studies (SALVI) in collaboration with Getty Villa educators and curators, the program offers a chance to discover the pleasures of spoken Latin in the unique environment of a museum modeled on an ancient Roman luxury villa.

The 2018 Latin Academy theme, Ars Magica: Communicating with the Supernatural, will focus on the special and often surprising role of magic in antiquity. Through reading Latin texts and using the Getty Villa's newly reinstalled and reorganized antiquities collection, students will have access to literary, archaeological, and artistic evidence. They will encounter such important beings in Roman daily life as ghosts, witches, and daemons, and learn important skills of divination, averting the evil eye, casting love charms, and cursing opponents and competitors.

Morning instruction will explore topics in Latin, using as resources ancient inscriptions as well as historical and fictional accounts. (Students do not need prior experience speaking Latin; they will gain listening and speaking experience this week.) Afternoon cultural activities, conducted primarily in English in the Museum galleries and gardens, will consider how magic was made manifest in art and through narrative. Special presentations and field trips may also illuminate the summer's theme.

To apply, please fill out and submit an electronic application using the orange button at the top of the page. Advanced ability in Latin does not ensure placement in the program, and all applications are considered. For further information, please contact