Monday, October 16, 2006
The greatest living latinist: Reginaldus Foster...
I took this photo today of Fr. Reginald Foster at Rome's Jesuit University, the Gregoriana. I guess it was a rather historical day as he just announced to us that he's been fired from teaching Latin there after over 30 years of teaching for the Jesuits.
His reply was polite, but firm: "It's been getting more and more difficult teaching here these past years. This program will not die and I'm announcing today the establishment of a new Latin institute in Rome!"
He gave each of us a sheet of paper that read:
ACADEMIA ROMAE LATINITATIS
REGINALDO FOSTER AUCTORE
SINGULIS PRIVATIM ANNIS
MENSE AB OCTOBRI AD MAIUM
QUINAS PER 'EXPERIENTIAS' HABENDA
A PRIVATE ACADEMY OF LATINITY IN ROME ITALY - THE ORIGINATOR BEING REGINALD FOSTER - TO BE CONDUCTED IN INDIVIDUAL YEARS FROM THE MONTH OF OCTOBER UNTIL MAY THROUGH FIVE 'EXPERIENCES'