LATIN 401 - Republican Prose
Section: 001 Caesar's Civil War
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Latin (LATIN)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
LATIN 301 or 302 or permission of instructor.
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May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s).
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In this course, we shall read Caesar's account of the Civil War both as a historical source and a literary text. The emphasis will be on improving reading and translating skills. For this purpose, commentaries and secondary literature in English will guide students in familiarizing themselves with the linguistic and thematic aspects of Caesar's work. As political propaganda, Caesar's account of his Civil War introduces us to a great general and a skillful politician, but by paying as much attention as possible to the contemporary social context at Rome, we will become able to gain insight not only into the Roman soldiers' lives when at war but also into their families' lives back home. The deceitful simplicity of Caesar's Latin, for which he has often been judged the greatest prose stylist, will at first help us review aspects of grammar and prose style but in accordance with the inclination of the students we will hopefully delve more deeply into the political nuances of Caesar's own version of his war as well as into the literary value of his narrative. Brief selections from contemporary Latin texts (both prose and poetry) will serve as sources of linguistic and literary comparison. Students will prepare short segments of text before each class meeting and should come to class prepared to read aloud and translate. The assessment is based on: class participation (25%); quizzes, given on alternate weeks for a total of seven (30%); a paper (20%); and the final exam (25%).

LATIN 401 - Republican Prose
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001 (REC)
MWF 2:00PM - 3:00PM
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