A statue of Marcus Aurelius
A statue of Marcus Aurelius

Latin Courses

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1301-1302. Elementary Latin I & II. Latin grammar and syntax with some emphasis on the historical background of the language and the principles of word-formation. Reading of simple texts. Fall and Spring.

1305. Grammar Review. Designed for students who have studied the equivalent of at least two years of Latin at the secondary school level but need an intensive review in order to study at the intermediate level. Open to students with no prior training in Latin by permission of the program advisor. Fall only.

2311. Intermediate Latin I: Roman Prose. Selected readings of Roman prose writers, primarily Cicero. Prerequisite: Latin 1302, Latin 1305, or equivalent. A placement exam is required for those who have not completed either of these courses. Fall and Spring.

2312. Intermediate Latin II: Roman Poetry. Selected readings from the works of Catullus, Virgil, and Ovid. Prerequisite: Latin 2311. Fall and Spring.

2314. Intermediate Latin II: Ecclesiastical Tradition. Selections from patristic, medieval, and modern Latin texts, illustrating the history, doctrine, and piety of the Church. May be taken by permission of the program advisor. Offered as needed.

3119. Foreign Language Internship. A one-credit practicum, undertaken with the approval of the Department Chairman and under the direction of a language professor, involving three hours a week on assignments such as planning and conducting an elementary language class, working with audiovisual materials, designing modules of grammatical study, compiling glossaries and chronologies, and planning activities for the language clubs. Excellent experience for those planning to teach foreign language. Graded Pass/Fail. May be repeated three times.

3324. Advanced Grammar and Composition. Translation and study of Caesar and Cicero to improve grasp of grammar and syntax and to acquire a sense of style. Required for majors whose primary language is Latin and for those seeking accreditation to teach Latin in secondary school. Offered every other year.

3325. Roman Philosophy. Reading and study of Lucretius and Cicero, to investigate the nature of philosophic writing and to seek understanding of the peculiarly Roman contribution to the Western philosophical tradition. Offered every other year.

3326. Roman Lyric. Selected poems of Catullus, Virgil (Eclogues), and Horace (Odes). A study of the uses, the power, and the diversity of lyric poetry in Latin. Offered every other year.

3327. Roman Drama. Reading of two comedies, one of Plautus and one of Terence; additional readings from a tragedy of Seneca. Emphasis on the specific character of the drama of Rome, as compared to Greece, and on the nature and function of comedy. Offered every other year.

3328. Roman Historians. Reading in Sallust, Livy, and Tacitus. A study of their aims, methods, and distinctive styles, and a consideration of the analytical and didactic functions of Roman historiography. Offered every other year.

3329. Roman Satire. Reading of the satires of Horace and Juvenal and of the Cena Trimalchionis of Petronius. Consideration of the question of satire as a uniquely Roman invention. Offered as needed.

3330. Virgil. Aeneid. A reading of selections from the poem in Latin and a study of the poem as a whole in translation. Offered as needed.

3331. Roman Elegy. Readings in Tibullus, Propertius, and Ovid (Amores). Investigation of the nature of elegy in Rome and comparison of each elegist's aims. Offered as needed.

3332. Cicero. Translation of one of Cicero's works and study, primarily in translation, of additional writings of his with emphasis on his understanding of the education of the statesman in oratory and philosophy. Offered as needed.

3334. St. Augustine. Selections from the Confessions and the City of God reveal a fascinating human being, a most influential Christian thinker, and a great master of Latin prose writing. Offered every other year.

3335. Medieval Readings. This course explores the rich heritage of medieval Latin literature from the fifth century of Leo the Great to the thirteenth century of Thomas Aquinas and Bonaventure: prose and poetry, texts of history and philosophy, theology and spiritual writings. Offered as needed.

4342. Senior Project. See description under The Classics Major.

4351. Independent Research.

5V45. Teaching Latin (Ed. 5V50-Special Studies-Latin Practicum). A course in the special concerns of the teacher of Latin in secondary school; evaluation of various approaches to teaching Latin; practice in pronunciation and in explaining the structures of the language; ways of relating the cultural background to the language foreground. Required for Latin teaching field if the student has no experience in teaching Latin. Does not fulfill requirements in the BA degree program in Classics.

5350. Special Topics in Latin. Three-credit courses offered as needed, focusing on particular authors, periods, genres, or other topics of interest to teachers and students. For advanced students only.


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