Latin Tutoring NYC
Latin and Ancient Greek tutoring in New York City and the Tri-State area. / 917-409-7312  

I achieved a Gold Medal on the National Latin Exam in the US at Hathaway Brown in Shaker Heights, Ohio; then an A in Classical Civilisation A-Level at Wycombe Abbey in the UK.

I went on to study Latin, Greek, and Classical Arabic at Oxford University in the UK and achieved an Oxford MA, Second Class First Division with an Open Exhibition Merit Scholarship. During the course of my studies, I was required to research and read the works of Homer, Herodotos, Thucydides, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Plato, Catullus, Cicero, Caesar, Lucretius, Propertius, Tibullus, Ovid, Vergil, Livy, Tacitus, Horace, Seneca, St. Jerome, and St. Augustine.

I have taught dozens of students ranging from 4 to 64 years old, and have discovered that the secret weapon in succesful tutoring is true passion for the subject material. It means I'm thrilled every time one of my students begins to understand a grammar concept or reads alone, and that enthusiasm for both small victories and language and literature that is yet to be studied is contagious.  

Why Classics
It could be correctly argued that Classics is not essential to live in today's world successfully.  That's not what Classics is for.  A Classical training imparts to one's life a humanistic meaning, refinement, discipline, and taste.

Studying Classics provides:
     Experience mastering something that takes a lot of work and time to reach a worthy, beautiful goal.
     A superior grasp of how the languages function that influenced the very shape of English-speaking thought, resulting in a lasting level of articulacy and refined argument.
     A glimpse of the civilizations that created Western thought, before they withered and died.  There is so much to learn about humanity and oneself from this striving to excellence, its peak, and decline.
     The exquisite pleasure of reading literary works of genius and unbelievable beauty in a language you worked so hard to master; the sense that you can reach back 2,000 years and sit together with the West's first modern minds in their own thoughts - at times utterly indistinguishable from our own.


I made my way through many countries, and across many seas, to come do these painful funeral rites for you, my brother; so that I could offer you one last gift in your death, and talk a little to your mute ashes. Though it hardly matters, since Fortune has taken the real you away from me.

Oh, my poor brother, stolen from me unfairly.....  

But for now, please take these, a family tradition I pass down to you - these sad gifts, for funeral rites.  Your brother’s tears keep running over them. 

And as for eternity, brother, be well, and goodbye.

-- Catullus 101