10

Are doctoral dissertations still permitted to be spoken in Latin at any of the Pontifical Universities in or around Rome?

  • 3
    This is about the customs for when and where Latin is spoken, so I believe it's on topic. – Ben Kovitz Jun 13 '16 at 2:29
  • 1
    Erkki Palmén's dissertation De adverbiis pronominalibus localibus Latinis studia semantica et syntactica about Latin was defended in Latin on November 28, 1998, at the University of Jyväskylä. As far as I know, this was the last Latin dissertation in Finland and the first one for almost 70 years. I believe Latin is still allowed in dissertations in Finland if there are people to do it. There are not pontifical universities in Finland. – Joonas Ilmavirta Jun 13 '16 at 4:51
  • Do you mean dissertation or disputation? – fdb Jun 16 '16 at 23:24
  • @fdb I am interested in the dissertation or thesis at the academic level and not the disputation of the thesis involved, although that would be an interesting point to know also! – Ken Graham Jun 17 '16 at 0:24
  • A "dissertation" is a written thesis. A "disputation" is the oral defense of the thesis. In Britain we call it a "viva". – fdb Jun 17 '16 at 9:00
3

Vatican Latinist Fr. Daniel Gallagher, whom I met several years ago at event sponsored by SALVI, told me then that he was working on a dissertation in Latin. This dissertation was for a doctorate in philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University. So apparently at least one of the Pontifical Universities still accepts Latin dissertations.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.