With the launch of Latin for the New Millennium
in support of 1st- and 2nd-year Classical Latin studies, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is interested in doing either a textbook or online course for students interested in Medieval and/or Vulgate Latin. After speaking with hundreds of Medievalists at Medieval Congress
in Kalamazoo over the past few years, I have learned that Medieval Studies graduate students need a lot of help with their Latin, and many are required to take Latin for the very first time in grad school, often blitzing through the grammar in a single year so that they can muddle through Medieval Latin texts with the aid of a dictionary.
What I am interested in learning from this group is whether there is real interest in a Medieval Latin textbook (or one for Vulgate), or if Medieval Studies students would benefit instead from a Medieval Latin "boot camp" online course taught over a 4- or 6-week period (or longer?). Maybe both?
Please comment on this post with your feedback.
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Personally, I think a medieval Latin reader focused on EASY materials could make a gigantic contribution to the Latin publications world. Medieval Latin is - sententia mea - both easier and far more fun to read than anything in classical Latin.
Are you thinking of doing a collaborative project, inviting a bunch of different teachers/scholars to contribute texts which they are passionate about? I think that would make for a super reader! :-)
A textbook of Classical Latin, along with a less-than-ten-page exposition of the major differences between Classical and medieval Latin, should suffice for the deductive part of a medievalist's Latin education. After this, texts, texts, and more texts, graded for difficulty.