LATIN 401 - Republican Prose
Section: 001 Cicero
Term: FA 2008
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 read selections from Caesar's Civil War both as a historical source and a literary text. The emphasis will be on improving reading and translation 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 introduces us to a great general and a skillful politician, but the deceitful simplicity of Caesar's Latin, for which he has often been judged the greatest prose stylist, will chiefly help us in reviewing aspects of grammar and prose style. In accordance with the inclination of the students, we will 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. Selections from contemporary Latin texts (both prose and poetry) will serve as sources of linguistic and literary comparison. Students will prepare 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, vocabulary drills, quizzes, a short term paper, and the final exam.

LATIN 401 - Republican Prose
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001 (REC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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