Search
Daniel G.'s Photo

Daniel G.

Vatican Latinist and Professor of Latin with 25 years experience

Vatican Latinist and Professor of Latin with 25 years experience

$60/hour

About Daniel


Bio

Before coming to Cornell as the Ralph and Jeanne Kanders Associate Professor of the Practice in 2017, I served as Latin secretary to Popes Benedict XVI and Francis. For the past twenty years, I have been handing on the language according to active method that involves listening and speaking, as well as reading. I offered a wide range of workshops at high schools and colleges throughout the United States and abroad, including Philips Exeter Academy and the Liceo Scientifico Volta in Milan....

Before coming to Cornell as the Ralph and Jeanne Kanders Associate Professor of the Practice in 2017, I served as Latin secretary to Popes Benedict XVI and Francis. For the past twenty years, I have been handing on the language according to active method that involves listening and speaking, as well as reading. I offered a wide range of workshops at high schools and colleges throughout the United States and abroad, including Philips Exeter Academy and the Liceo Scientifico Volta in Milan. Among other projects, I have translated Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Commentarii de Inepto Puero) into Latin, and recently collaborated on a revised edition of De Mago Oziensi (The Wizard of Oz). In addition to the Classics, I cultivate a keen interest in philosophy and am the author of numerous articles in metaphysics and aesthetics.

As an ivy-league professor of Latin and former Papal Latinist, my goal is to bring students to a complete mastery of the Latin language, by which I mean the ability to read any text by any author from any time period readily, speedily, and accurately. I employ an "active" approach that includes listening, speaking, and writing. An important assumption that underlies my teaching is that learning Latin requires no special gifts or exceptional intelligence -- only strong, experienced guidance and effort.

A thorough knowledge of the Classics includes not only a familiarity with a set body of literature, but an understanding of the entire literary, cultural, and artistic tradition to which that body of literature has given birth. I strive to help students achieve this understanding by incorporating art, music, drama, and poetry into their study of the classical works, and to guide their supplementary reading of history and philosophy so that they may develop the habits of thinking that enable them to engage the Classics at many different levels.

Achieving a command of Latin has been the most rewarding accomplishment of my life. I had no special gifts or talents to get there. I simply had


Education

University of Michigan
Literature, Science, and Arts
University of Michigan
Masters
Pontifical Gregorian University
PhD

Policies


Schedule

Loading...

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat


Subjects

Corporate Training

Latin

History

Classics

Classics

Before coming to Cornell University as the Ralph and Jeanne Kanders Associate Professor of the Practice in 2017, Daniel G. served as Latin secretary to Popes Benedict XVI and Francis. He teaches courses in Cicero, Virgil, Ovid, Seneca, as well as Christian Latin. He has offered a wide range of Latin workshops at high schools and colleges throughout Italy and the United States, including Philips Exeter Academy and the Liceo Scientifico Volta in Milan. Among other projects, he has translated Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Commentarii de Inepto Puero) into Latin, and has recently collaborated on a revised edition of De Mago Oziensi (The Wizard of Oz).

Language

Latin
Contact Daniel

Response time: 8 hours

$60/hour

Daniel G.'s Photo

Daniel G.

$60/hour

  • No subscriptions or upfront payments

  • Only pay for the time you need

  • Find the right fit, or your first hour is free

Contact Daniel

Response time: 8 hours