October 10, 2013
'Speake Latine Alwayes' and Other Rules for Cambridge Students in 1660

Like football? Chatting with friends? Sleeping in on Sundays? Speaking in English? You wouldn’t have made it past freshmen orientation at University of Cambridge in the 17th century.
In a more than 350-year-old list of rules and guidelines for first-year students, Cambridge tutor James Duport advises students on everything from their sartorial decisions to their choices in friends. Although Cambridge’s website says Duport’s advice “would make edifying reading for the freshers joining the university,” modern-day college students might have a tough time following his advice. Duport advises them to “Speake Latine alwayes in the Hall.” And when hanging out in your dorm, Duport would like students to “Use often to dispute & argue Logick, and Phylosophy with your Chamberfellow, and acquaintance when you are together.”
Read more. [Image by permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library]

'Speake Latine Alwayes' and Other Rules for Cambridge Students in 1660

Like football? Chatting with friends? Sleeping in on Sundays? Speaking in English? You wouldn’t have made it past freshmen orientation at University of Cambridge in the 17th century.

In a more than 350-year-old list of rules and guidelines for first-year students, Cambridge tutor James Duport advises students on everything from their sartorial decisions to their choices in friends. Although Cambridge’s website says Duport’s advice “would make edifying reading for the freshers joining the university,” modern-day college students might have a tough time following his advice. Duport advises them to “Speake Latine alwayes in the Hall.” And when hanging out in your dorm, Duport would like students to “Use often to dispute & argue Logick, and Phylosophy with your Chamberfellow, and acquaintance when you are together.”

Read more. [Image by permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library]

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