MEMS 440 - Postclassical Latin I
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)
Department: LSA History
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Two years of college Latin.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Our goal is to acquire the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to read a wide range of Postclassical Latin texts written between AD 400-1300 with comprehension, ease and enjoyment. This is a survey course in which we will discuss the changes in Postclassical Latin grammar, syntax, and orthography by reading representative excerpts from a variety of authors and genres, mostly prose, but also some poetry. The theme of the course will be the medieval reception of Classical Antiquity and the frequently surprising ways in which the legacy of the ancient world lived on.

While this is not a course in paleography, students will be exposed to the basic and most common orthographic conventions and abbreviations in the Latin texts of the surveyed period. Students will have the opportunity to explore their own interests within the framework of the course and to gain deeper familiarity with the texts and genres that they are most interested in.

Course Requirements:

Grading in the course will be based on class participation, short quizzes, midterm, term project, and a final exam.

Intended Audience:

The course counts both towards a Latin major/minor and toward a concentration in Classical Languages and Literatures. As a MEMS course, it also counts toward a MEMS concentration.

The course is approved by Rackham for graduate credit. LAT 435 is a more advanced course than LAT 233/507.

For graduate students, the pre-requisite for the course are three or four semesters of college Latin or the equivalent.

Class Format:

Two meetings per week. Format: recitation

MEMS 440 - Postclassical Latin I
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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