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Living Latin
An Initiative of the Department of Classics at Trinity College, Dublin

The project seeks to research, articulate, and share the value of Latin as an academic subject at both second- and third-level in the Republic of Ireland.

In theoretical terms, it employs both negative and positive methodologies. Negative, in trying to trace the influence of different power structures (colonial, patriarchal, neo-liberal) on the teaching and learning of Latin over time. Positive, in trying to reimagine that teaching and learning in progressive ways.

In practical terms, it is concerned with making Latin as inclusive a subject as possible, in line with the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

If you are TCD student you may be eligible to take the elective module TEU00392 Latin: One Language, Many Cultures at a certain point in your degree; the extramural (evening) course SC05/6 Latin Language and Culture runs during term time in hybrid (in person/online) format, and is open to TCD students, staff, as well as members of the general public.

The Living Latin project was begun in 2019 by Professor Anna Chahoud, and its first phase was completed in 2022.

Line of Enquiry, a compendium of classical essays from the community of Trinity College, Dublin, was published in paperback in 2018, edited by Mr. Paul Corcoran.

The blog Confabulations (2019–2022) has now been revised and written up for publication as Living Latin: Everyday Language and Popular Culture (Bloomsbury Academic, 2024).

The Latin-learning app tabella, designed by Dr Kevin McGee in association with Prof. Anna Chahoud, Dr Frank Lynam, and Dr Charlie Kerrigan, remains freely available to users at

Updates will be posted here, and please get in touch if you would like to know more.

Dr Charlie Kerrigan
Trinity College, Dublin

Latest update: December 2023

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