Winter '99 Course Guide

Courses in Latin (Division 411)

Winter Term, 1999 (January 6-April 29, 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, 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

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/index.html

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/index.html

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 194. Intensive Elementary Latin II.

Elementary Courses

Instructor(s): David Ross

Prerequisites & Distribution: Latin 193 or equivalent. 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.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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.

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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/Harvey/index.html

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, {\i 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/index.html

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 302. Intermediate Latin II.

Intermediate Courses

Section 001 Reading Livy and Ovid

Instructor(s): Deborah Ross

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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 poetry of Ovid. Emphasis will be placed on a further mastery of Latin grammar and translation skills. There will be several hour exams and a final.

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Latin 402. Imperial Prose.

Intermediate Courses

Section 001 Petronius and Tacitus

Instructor(s): Kweku Garbrah

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.

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.

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Latin 410. Poetry of the Republic or Later Empire.

Intermediate Courses

Section 001 Roman Tragedy

Instructor(s): Debra Hershkowitz

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 of Seneca's tragedies. In addition to translation, we will consider the social and literary background of Senecan tragedy, and will compare the plays to their Greek tragic models (which will be read in English).

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Latin 421/EducationD 421. Teaching of Latin.

Advanced Courses

Instructor(s): Deborah Ross

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

Instructor(s): Deborah Ross

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

Advanced Courses

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 451. Early Latin Prose.

Advanced Courses

Instructor(s): Kweku Garbrah

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

A study of selected Early Latin prose texts. Prose in this (pre-classical) period is represented for the most part by fragmentary remains, chiefly from the genres of oratory, history, law and technical writing. These important fragments will be read for their intrinsic value and also used to illustrate the gradual evolution of literary Latin prose from its rudimentary beginnings to the end of the Archaic period of Roman literary history (i.e. ca. 80 B.C.).

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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.

No Description Provided.

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Latin 529. Livy.

Advanced Courses

Section Livy and the Roman Conquest of Spain

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

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

We will read about the Roman conquest of Spain, texts being selected from Livy, Books XXI-XXIX. For historical context and continuity, additional texts will be selected in the original or in translation from Polybius, Appian, and Orosius. Where appropriate, reference will be made in class to the researches of late medieval and Renaissance Spanish scholars who worked on these sources.

Students will be asked to do a midterm translation exam of passages reviewed in class, and another translation exam at the end of the term, covering work done for the entire course. Students will also be asked to write a short research paper (not more than 2500 words) dealing with some aspect of the materials being covered in this course.

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Latin 536. Apuleius.

Advanced Courses

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course aims to read in extenso the Metamorphoses of Apuleius. Attention will be paid to the special Latinity of this author; the literary themes of the text; the role of religion and magic; and the question of the relationship of author to text and reader. An advanced reading knowledge of Latin is required for this graduate course. Hour exam, final exam, paper. Recitation and discussion will be the methods followed.

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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.

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