Fall Course Guide

Classical Studies

Latin Language and Literature (Division 411)

Fall Term, 1998 (September 8-December 21, 1998)

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Elementary Courses

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, 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 2147 Angell Hall, 764-8297.

101. Elementary Latin. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 103, 193, or 502. (4). (LR).
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. Grading is based on quizzes, class participation, hour examinations, and a final. Cost:1 WL:3
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102. Elementary Latin. Latin 101. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 193 or 502. (4). (LR).
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. Extended reading selections from Plautus (comedy) and Eutropius (history) are introduced. Grading is based on class participation, quizzes, hour examinations, and a final. Cost:1 WL:3
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193. Intensive Elementary Latin I. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 101, 102, 103 or 502. (4). (Excl).
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 193-194 alone does not satisfy the undergraduate language requirement). This first term course covers elementary grammar and syntax. Cost:1 WL:1 (D.O. Ross)
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231. Introduction to Latin Prose. Latin 102 or 103. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 194, 222, or 503. (4). (LR).
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. Some course materials require the use of a computer. Grading is based on class participation, quizzes, hour examinations, and a final. Cost:1 WL:3
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232. Vergil, Aeneid. Latin 231 or 221. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 194, 222, or 503. (4). (LR).
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. Cost:2 WL:1 (001: Staff; 002: Wallin)
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Intermediate Courses

301. Intermediate Latin I. Latin 194, 222, or 232. (3). (HU).
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 mid-term, 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. Cost:3 WL:3/4 (K. Garbrah)
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401. Republican Prose. Latin 301 or 302. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.
Livy's history of Rome was written during the reign of Augustus (31 B.C. to A.D. 14), and it is fundamental in creating the concept of "Romanness" that the Emperor sought to establish. We will read from the early books of Livy, which cover the period from Rome's foundation down to the Gallic Sack of 390 B.C. Primary emphasis will initially be on reading speed and comprehension, but later on analysis of content and prose style. Cost:1 (Frier)
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409. Augustan Poetry. Latin 301 or 302. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.
Readings in Augustan poetry with attention paid especially to language and poetic context (specific texts to be announced). Midterm and final exams. (Hershkowitz)
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Advanced Courses

421/EducationD 421. Teaching of Latin. Junior standing in Latin and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
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. Cost:1 WL:3
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426. Practicum. Junior or senior standing, and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
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. Cost:1 WL:3
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466. Horace. Latin 301. (3). (Excl).
The ODES of Horace will be read, with attention to the diction, style, meter, and interpretation of the verse. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the poems in their literary and historical context. Familiarity with Greek lyric and contemporary Roman poetry is desirable, but not essential. Readings in secondary literature will be assigned. There will be a paper, midterm, and final. (Hershkowitz)
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506. Advanced Latin Composition. Latin 403. (3). (Excl).
The writing of continuous Latin prose: includes the writing of versions, i.e., rendering of original English passages into classical Latin and free composition in Latin. Not open to undergraduates. (Garbrah)
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558. Cicero, Philosophical Works. (2). (Excl).
Section 001 Cicero,
Tusculanae disputationes. The work (written during the summer of 45) is an endeavour by Cicero to come to terms with grief: both over the death of his daughter and over the course of Roman politics. Apart from rehearsing such consolations as could be culled from Plato, the Stoics and Epicureans, Cicero turned to poets both Greek and Latin, and to his own feelings and experiences to get to the bottom of the problem of inner pain. Augustine of Hippo was one of the work's most attentive ancient readers: what appealed to him was Cicero's ability to transcend stereotypical opinions and to speak in a human voice capable of transcending both time and conflicting religious allegiances. In studying the Tusculanae, we will in the first instance follow Cicero's line of reasoning, and will then turn to the work's content in broader terms. Why did Cicero so frequently turn to poets to explain his meaning, and what is the link between poetry and philosophy that he envisioned? In that light, what is the importance he attributed to more conventional approaches towards the problem of grief? How does he use his rhetorical powers to help and persuade the reader? And finally, what is the reader expected to learn from the work? Time and student interest permitting, we might try to contextualize the Tusculanae among Cicero's other philosophical works, and in terms of its reception. (Sabine MacCormack)
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568. Reading of Augustan Poetry. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Virgil's Eclogues.
This course will focus primarily on Virgil's Eclogues and will attempt to understand the collection in as many ways as possible (literary background and purpose, historical setting, diction, meter, text, and so on). We will read Theocritus and some later pastoral as well. Cost:1 WL:4 (D.O. Ross)
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