MEMS 441 - Postclassical Latin II
Winter 2020, Section 001
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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 and objective is to acquire the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to read a wide range of post-classical 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. One of the themes in 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.

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

Course Requirements:

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

Intended Audience:

Students who with successful completion of two years of college Latin or the equivalent. Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome.

Class Format:

Two meetings/week; discussion


MEMS 441 - Postclassical Latin II
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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