Fall '99 Course Guide

Courses in Latin (Division 411)

Fall Term, 1999 (September 8 December 22, 1999)

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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, 764-0357.


Latin 101. Elementary Latin.

Elementary Courses

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

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

Instructor(s): D.O. Ross (doross@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

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

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 232. Vergil, Aeneid.

Elementary Courses

Section 002.

Instructor(s): Robert Wallin (rdwallin@umich.edu)

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 read approximately one thousand lines of the poem overall, including one book of the epic in its entirety, probably book eight the story of Aeneas' visit to King Evander in Pallanteum, the future site of Rome, in search of allies for the war that has broken out in Italy. You will also study Vergil's complete poem in English translation as well as some of the poem's social, historical, and literary context. 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, numerous quizzes, three hour exams, and a final.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Latin 301. Intermediate Latin I.

Intermediate Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Benjamin Acosta-Hughes

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.

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

Of the few writers of the republican period of Roman literary history (ca. 240-43 B.C.) whose works have survived in considerable quantity, two (Caesar and Cicero) will be read and studied: Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.) was a statesman as well as the greatest orator of Rome while Gaius Iulius Caesar (102/100-44 B.C.), also a statesman, though not inferior to Cicero as an orator, was one of the world's greatest generals.

The prescribed texts will consist of one of Cicero's speeches (or dialogues) and a book of Caesar's commentaries on the Gallic or Civil Wars. These will be studied for the light they throw on the contemporary political, social and military situation in Rome and in the provinces towards the end of the Roman republic. They will also be studied as works of literature and for their linguistic usage, since it is upon the usage chiefly of Cicero and Caesar that all Latin grammars commonly in use are founded.

There will be a written assignment, quizzes, a midterm and a final exam.

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Latin 409. Augustan Poetry.

Intermediate Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Benjamin Acosta-Hughes

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 aim to read, in Latin, two books (to be announced) of the Aeneid. In addition to translation, we will discuss poetic issues arising from the text. There will be a short (English) reading list of articles, and students will be expected to be familiar with the entire work in translation.

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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 436/MARC 441. Medieval Latin II, 900-1350 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 detailed study of an author, period, or genre of later Medieval Latin literature, to be decided upon in consultation with students enrolled. Latin 435 (MARC 440) is not a prerequisite. Midterm, final, and paper.

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Latin 475/Greek 475. Roman Historiography.

Advanced Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David Potter (dsp@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Survey of Roman historical writing, concentrating on the aims and influences of antiquarians, the development of style, and Roman theories of history from Hellenistic times through the fourth century AD. Guided readings in the most important works from Plybius to Ammianus. Consideration will be given to methods of handling historians, collections of fragments, source criticism, and the development of modern historiographic study. Readings will include introductions to modern debates concerning objectivity, narrative and time.

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Latin 499. Latin: Supervised Reading.

Advanced Courses

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.

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.

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Latin 591. History of Roman Literature, Beginnings to Cicero.

Advanced Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David Ross (doross@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Approximately eight credits in advanced Latin reading courses. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

A survey of the development of Roman literature from the beginnings to the Augustan age, including epic, drama, lyric, oratory, and the beginnings of philosophy. Lectures, assigned readings, and reports.

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Latin 599. Supervised Reading in Latin Literature.

Advanced Courses

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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