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Latin Language and Literature (Division 411)


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, 194, 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 Knudsvig in 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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194. Intensive Elementary Latin II. Latin 193. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 221, 222, 231, 232, or 503. Graduate students should elect 503. (4). (Excl). This course does not satisfy the language requirement.
This is a continuation of Latin 193, a beginning language course which will have covered, by the end of the Fall Term, the essentials of Latin accidence and syntax, with some experience in reading continuous Latin prose. The second term of this introductory sequence will continue the reading of prose and will then include one of the first six books of Vergil's Aeneid. Students need not have taken Latin 193 to enroll in Latin 194. Initially there will be a systematic review of Latin grammar, and throughout the term attention will be paid to details of grammar to ensure a command of language necessary for increasing ease in reading. Therefore, anyone with a knowledge of elementary Latin could profit from the course. The Aeneid has been chosen as the main text because of its inherent importance for later European poetry and literature, and will be considered in class discussion as such not simply as an exercise in translation. Cost:1 WL:4 (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
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Intermediate Courses

302. Intermediate Latin II. Latin 194, 222, or 232. (3). (HU).
The course will provide an introduction to the prose and poetry of the early Roman Empire (First Century B.C.). Class time will be spent primarily in translation and discussion of Livy's History of Rome and a selection of the poems of Catullus. Emphasis will be placed on a further mastery of Latin grammar and translation skills. There will be several hour exams and a final. Cost:2 WL:3 (Knudsvig)
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402. Imperial Prose. Latin 301 or 302. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.
Section 001 Petronius and Tacitus.
The prescribed texts are Petronius' Cena Trimalchionis and selections from Tacitus. In the translation of the texts grammar and style will be emphasized. The interpretation will embrace matters literary, social, and historical. A written assignment will be set on one of the authors. There will also be quizzes, a midterm, and a final exam. Cost:3 (Garbrah)
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410. Poetry of the Republic or Later Empire. Latin 301 or 302. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.
The goal of the course is the acquisition of Latin reading skills through an exposure to extensive passages taken from the didactic and satirical tradition of Roman Poetry (Lucretius, Juvenal, and Martial). Along with the mastery of morphology and syntax, the course aims at understanding the social function of the different genres of poetry in Ancient Rome and the assumptions that the poets make about their audiences. Grading is based on class participation, quizzes, a midterm, a final exam, and a short paper. Cost:1 (Markus)
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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 (Knudsvig)
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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 (Knudsvig)
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436/MARC 441. Medieval Latin II, 900-1350 A.D. Two years of college Latin. (3). (Excl).
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. (Witke)
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535. Petronius. Latin 401. (3). (Excl).
This course has two aims: (1) to read as much of Petronius as possible in the space of the term, and (2) to acquaint students with some of the best thinking and criticism that has been done about Petronius, from the British and American Petronian renaissance inaugurated by Helen Bacon (via T.S. Eliot), William Arrowsmith, and J.P. Sullivan, to some of the main lines in Petronian studies today; for example, Petronius and Neronian court politics, ancient rhetorical theory and practice, and the place of the Satyricon in the evolution of ancient fiction. The emphasis will be on reading, translating, and discussing along the way, with three essays or exercises during the term and one larger project for the reading period at the end. The shorter essays or exercises (each one no more than eight pages) will be on topics developed in the course of our reading. The final project will be on a topic devised by each student, in consultation with the instructor. Our text will be K. Mueller, Petronius: Satyrica. Fourth edition, Munich, 1995. (Tatum)
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