LATN 1401 – 1402 BEGINNING LATIN
The Latin 1401 - 1402 sequence comprise the one-year introductory course for beginners in Latin which provides the basic skills for reading and translating original texts in prose and poetry. In a communal and highly active learning environment, the course focuses on the vocabulary, grammar, and structure of the Latin language while offering a general introduction to Roman history and culture through texts by classical authors and class discussion. In addition, the course emphasizes the extensive Latin influence on English vocabulary and enhances the overall understanding of how languages function, which facilitates the learning of any other language, especially the linguistic offspring of Latin: Italian, Spanish, and French.
LATN 2311 – 2312 SECOND YEAR LATIN
The Second Year of Latin, or Intermediate Latin, continues to build on and refine the basic skills for reading and translating original texts in poetry and prose. In the second year courses we will make the transition from grammar, vocabulary, and syntax exercises accompanied with practice readings to connected translation of original Latin texts. Works of a variety of Latin authors will be examined. The aim of the course is not only to build fluency in reading Latin, but also to cultivate a literary appreciation for the works as well as enhance our knowledge of Roman history and culture introduced through those texts. As in beginning courses, the Intermediate Latin course will continue to emphasize the extensive Latin influence on English vocabulary and an overall understanding of how languages function.
LATN 3323 – LATIN LITERATURE: TOPICS
This course provides a thematic approach to Roman Literature, incorporating excerpts from a variety of authors and genres. Topics to be studied and discussed include aspects of Roman life and culture, history and politics, religion and philosophy. Readings from actual Latin texts will provide a window onto the Roman world, allowing us to examine the cultural and political context from which they come as well as offering insight into the traditions and customs in current use that have been derived from antiquity.
LATN 3324 – ADVANCED LATIN GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION
This course provides an intensive review of Latin grammar, morphology, and syntax through the development of writing skills from simple to moderately complex prose. Students who have completed the 1401-2312 sequence (or the equivalent) will increase their command of the Latin language through discussion, guided practice, and reading/writing assignments. The course work will include attention to grammatical detail, vocabulary precision, and the recognition of the elements of style and idiomatic/cultural expressions, as well as creative thinking.
LATN 3325 –ADVANCED LATIN READING AND COMPOSITION
The focus of the course is an understanding and appreciation for the Latin language as a powerful vehicle for communication and artistry that is as relevant today as it has been through the ages. The selection of texts from Latin authors is intended not only to increase proficiency in reading Latin, but also to cultivate a literary appreciation for the works as well as enhance our knowledge of Roman history and culture introduced through those texts. As they read the ancient sources students will compare and analyze ideas, modes of expression, and interpretation.
LATN 3326 – Advanced Latin Readings: Vergil
Vergil's AENEID is the concentration of study for this Advanced Latin reading course. Students experience the integration of masterful storytelling with the artistry of language through which Vergil creates a national epic with political and cultural impact.