Getty Villa Teens programs

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

Applications for 2020 will open February 15, 2020 and remain open until May 31 or until spaces are filled. Applications will be processed, assessed, and accepted on a rolling basis in mid March, mid April, mid May, and end of May until spots are filled. Students who would like to attend for a second time will be considered if we are not fully enrolled by the end of May.

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 2019 Latin Academy theme, Daily Life in a Roman Villa, explores the characters and pursuits of the extended Roman familia in a wealthy seaside summer home. The Getty Villa is based on the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum, and this Academia Aestiva coincides with a new exhibition about the ancient villa, entitled Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri. The ancient villa gained its name from the many carbonized scrolls found there, which new digital technologies are allowing us to read without harming the fragile books.

Through reading Latin texts and referencing this exhibition and the Getty Villa's newly reinstalled and reorganized antiquities collection, students will have access to literary, archaeological, and artistic evidence. Morning instruction will explore topics in Latin, using as resources ancient inscriptions as well as historical and fictional accounts. The subject of ancient books, pleasure reading, and private libraries is a relevant theme for the Herculaneum Villa, and it correlates well with a visit to the Getty's Medieval manuscripts collection.

Students do not need prior experience speaking Latin; they will gain listening and speaking experience this week in the morning. Afternoon cultural activities, conducted primarily in English in the Museum galleries and gardens, will consider how Roman villa-dwellers lived their lives. Special presentations and field trips may also illuminate the summer's theme.