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Fall '00 Course Guide

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Courses in Latin (Division 411)

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Fall Term, 2000 (September 6 December 22)

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Two convictions are basic to the Elementary Latin Program of the Department of Classical Studies: (1) it is possible for every able-minded person to master the basic facts of a foreign language and (2) the learning experience leading to such a mastery is a privilege that is very specifically human and ought to be most satisfying. Essential facts of morphology, syntax, semantics, vocabulary, history, and culture are taught, and a knowledge of these facts enables students to understand Latin written by the famous authors of the Golden Age. Since at least 50% of the vocabulary of an educated speaker of English is Latin in origin, English vocabulary improves as Latin stems and derivatives are learned. The program normally takes four terms to complete. A placement test may be taken at the beginning or end of a term, and a student may succeed in placing out of one or more courses in the introductory sequence.

In the Elementary Latin Program, the department is offering Latin 101, 102, 103, 193, 231, and 232. Latin 101 (see below) is for students with little or no previous Latin. A placement examination will determine the appropriate course for other students who enter the elementary sequence. Students with questions about which course to elect are encouraged to visit Professor Deborah Ross in 2143 Angell Hall, (734) 764-0357.


Latin 101. Elementary Latin.

Elementary Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 103, 193, or 502. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~classics/latin/101/

All of the assigned tasks/exercises in Latin 101 are directed toward the reading and translation of Classical Latin and not toward writing or conversation. The course has as its primary objective the acquisition of a fundamental understanding of basic Latin grammar and the development of basic reading skills. The text for the course is Knudsvig, Seligson, and Craig, Latin for Reading. Latin 101 covers approximately the first half of the text. Supplementary readings in Roman culture will also be assigned. Grading is based on quizzes, class participation, hour examinations, and a final.

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Latin 102. Elementary Latin.

Elementary Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Latin 101. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 193 or 502. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~classics/latin/102/

All of the assigned tasks/exercises in Latin 102 are directed toward the reading and translation of Classical Latin and not toward writing or conversation. The course continues the presentation of the essentials of the Latin language as it covers the last half of Knudsvig, Seligson, and Craig, Latin for Reading. Supplementary readings in Roman culture will also be assigned. Extended reading selections from Plautus (comedy) and Eutropius (history) are introduced. Grading is based on class participation, quizzes, hour examinations, and a final.

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Latin 103. Review Latin.

Elementary Courses

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Some background in Latin and assignment by placement test. Credit is granted for no more than two courses among Latin 101, 102 and 103. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 193 or 502. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~classics/latin/103/

All of the assigned tasks and exercises in Latin 103 are directed toward the reading and translation of Classical Latin and not toward writing or conversation. The text used is the same as that in Latin 101 and 102, and the course starts at the beginning of the book. A more rapid pace is maintained as 103 covers the material of 101 and 102. Grading is based on class participation, quizzes, hour examinations, and a final.

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Latin 193. Intensive Elementary Latin I.

Elementary Courses

Meets with Latin 502.

Instructor(s): Rob Sklenar (rsklenar@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 101, 102, 103 or 502. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is a rapid introduction to Latin and is intended for students with little or no prior Latin. Upperclass undergraduates in such fields as history, medieval or renaissance literature, or linguistics and who need to acquire a reading competence in Latin as quickly and as efficiently as possible should elect this course. So should other undergraduates who intend to continue the study of Latin and want a rapid introduction that enables them to take upper-level Latin courses as soon as possible. (Note: completion of Latin 193-194 alone does not satisfy the undergraduate language requirement). This first-term course covers elementary grammar and syntax.

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Latin 231. Introduction to Latin Prose.

Elementary Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Latin 102 or 103. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 194, 222, or 503. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~classics/latin/231/

This course reviews grammar as it introduces students to extended passages of classical Latin prose through selections from several authors of the first centuries B.C. and A.D., but primarily from Pliny the Younger. Class discussions center upon the readings. There will be supplementary readings assigned in Roman social history. Some course materials require the use of a computer. Grading is based on class participation, quizzes, hour examinations, and a final.

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Latin 232. Vergil, Aeneid.

Elementary Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Latin 231 or 221. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 194, 222, or 503. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~classics/latin/232/

The goal of this course is simple: to learn to read extensive passages of the greatest work of Latin literature, Vergil's Aeneid, with comprehension and enjoyment. This course will ask you to bring together and apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired up to this point and to build on these as you learn to read poetry. There will be some grammar review as necessary. You will also study Vergil's epic poem in English translation. By term's end you should have both a good understanding and appreciation of what the Aeneid is all about and an ability to handle a Latin passage of the poem with control and comprehension. Grading is based on class participation, quizzes, hour exams, and a final.

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Latin 301. Intermediate Latin I.

Intermediate Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Donka Markus (markusdd@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Latin 194, 222, or 232. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The course aims to make a careful study of specific texts and to assist students to acquire a coherent knowledge of Latin grammar by a systematic review of morphology and syntax. Two Latin books (one in prose, the other in verse) will be read and studied. The texts may change from year to year: examples are Cicero's Pro Caelio or In Catilinam and selections from Catullus' poems. In the translation of the texts, grammar and style will be emphasised and assignments drawn from the texts will be given on these aspects. The interpretation will cover matters literary, social, and historical, and thus provide a kind of introduction to the study of Latin literature, and through literature, of Roman culture. There will be quizzes, a midterm, and a final examination. It is expected that at the end of the course students will have mastered enough morphology and the most important elements of Latin syntax to be able to tackle the more advanced courses offered in Latin.

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Latin 401. Republican Prose.

Intermediate Courses

Section 001 Sallust

Instructor(s): Sabine MacCormack (sgm@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Latin 301 or 302. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

We begin by going through the text of Sallust, concentrating on Catilina and Jugurtha, and paying special attention to the manner in which statements in the prefaces to the two works are borne out in subsequent narrative. We will then go on to place Sallust within the tradition of Roman historical writing by examining parallel accounts by other ancient historians of Rome, in particular Livy. One of Sallust's most intelligent ancient readers was Saint Augustine. We will therefore conclude with Augustine's interpretations of Sallust, and while doing so will consider selected fragments of the Histories.

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Latin 409. Augustan Poetry.

Intermediate Courses

Section 001 Aspects of Ovidian Elegy.

Instructor(s): Rob Sklenar (rsklenar@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Latin 301 or 302. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

We will read Book 1 of Ovid's Ars Amatoria 1 and Book 1 of Ovid's Tristia in their entirety; additional works of Ovid may be assigned as time permits. Primary emphasis will be on the strengthening of philological skills through intensive translation and close analysis of grammatical and metrical problems, but literary-critical issues will be comfortably accommodated. These will include, but not be limited to: Ovid's varying and contrasting uses of the elegiac form; the Ovidian authorial persona(e); the book of short poems as a unitary structure; Ovid's engagement with other Latin poets. Midterm, final, and short paper.

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Latin 421/EducationD 421. Teaching of Latin.

Advanced Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): D.P. Ross (dpross@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing in Latin and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

A workshop-type course designed to provide prospective secondary and college teachers with the skills necessary to analyze structures and texts and to design instructional materials and class presentations. The course will also introduce the students to those aspects of modern linguistic theories that have practical application to teaching and learning Latin.

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Latin 426. Practicum.

Advanced Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): D.P. Ross (dpross@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior or senior standing, and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Permission of the instructor is required to elect Latin 426. Students must submit a plan for a project related to the teaching of Latin. The course is designed for students who wish to continue work begun in Latin 421.

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Latin 435/MEMS 440. Medieval Latin I, 500-900 A.D.

Advanced Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Charles Witke (frchas@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Two years of college Latin. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

A survey of the major developments in Latin prose and poetry from A.D. 500-900. Attention will be paid to the changes in Latin grammar, syntax, and orthography. Texts read include monastic rules, saints' lives, history, and poetry. Midterm, final, one short paper.

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Latin 445. Tacitus, Histories.

Advanced Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Bruce Frier (bwfrier@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

We will read, as time permits, the first several books of Tacitus' Annals, which describe the growing tension between the Emperor Tiberius and his nephew Germanicus. No special background is required beyond an advanced intermediate level of Latin. One midterm, final; several short papers on related topics.

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Latin 499. Latin: Supervised Reading.

Advanced Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). May not be included in a concentration plan in Greek Language and Literature or Classical Languages and Literatures. (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Regular reports and conferences required.

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Latin 506. Advanced Latin Composition.

Advanced Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): K. A. Garbrah (kagarbra@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Latin 403. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided

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Latin 581. Lucretius and Roman Epicureanism.

Advanced Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): James Porter (jport@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Latin 401. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jport/courses/classics/Lucretius.html

This course will be an introduction to the writing and thought of Lucretius. The versifier of Epicurus' prose treatise, On Nature, Lucretius is a fascinating interpreter of a fascinating philosophical doctrine, atomism. We will be exploring some of the many challenges his work involves: from the problem of how to make the spectacle of atoms and void relevant to life as we know it, to the problem of literary and cultural translation the translation of one cultural experience, a Greek philosophy (or rather tradition of philosophical speculation), and its social contexts, into another, that of Republican Rome in an age of civic crisis (whence some of the egestas linguae et rerum novitas of his poem). When we put these two facets together we arrive at a single puzzle: at one level Lucretius is a case study in the forging of (nascent) Roman identity; at another, he challenges any intuitive notions of what counts as an identity (if, for instance, everything that we know is reducible to swirling matter and simulacra). How do we solve that?

The focus of our readings will be bks 3 (on death) and 4 (on sensation, representation, and love), but we will read selectively from all six books and try to cover, through discussion, issues as they arise in the whole of DRN: personal identity; the soul; the desirability of immortality; the nature of divinity; a critique of culture's norms. Background readings will be taken mainly from Long/Sedley; secondary literature will be covered as well (Clay, Fowler, Furley, Long, Mitsis, Nagel, Nussbaum, Schrijvers, Sedley, B. Williams, and others).

Students must read DRN in translation prior to the first class, begin working on bks 3-4 and other selections (see below), and be prepared to discuss the proem to bk 1 on the first day. Requirements: in-class presentations, one short paper on Lucretius (8 pp.), final research paper (20 pp.) on any related topic (Roman politics, Greek backgrounds, contemporary and more distant echoes, e.g., Cicero, Vergil, Horace, Longinus, etc.).

Those working on material culture in Rome (attitudes to death, gods, cults, ways of seeing and representing, identity politics, or simply to materiality itself) are especially welcome. A more finalized list of reading selections will be available as the Fall term approaches. Required books (to be made available at Shaman Drum): OCT or Loeb Lucretius (the text by M. F. Smith is superior to Bailey's OCT) Recommended (to be available at Shaman Drum): Kenney's ed. of Bk 3 (CUP 1971); Long/Sedley, The Hellenistic Philosophers, v. 1 (CUP 1987).

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Latin 599. Supervised Reading in Latin Literature.

Advanced Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Regular reports and conferences required.

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