Latin Courses

Latin I

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary and emphasizes the development of sound reading and composition skills. Ancillary topics include a survey of Roman history from the early legends of its Trojan ancestry and its founding by Romulus to the establishment of the Empire under Augustus; a thorough study of Greek and Roman mythology with special emphasis on the stories of gods and heroes; a close look at Roman culture and technology and their enduring influence on the West; an introduction to the archeology of ancient Greece and Rome, including Troy and Athens. Students also develop English vocabulary skills through the study of Greek and Latin roots. A wide range of technological platforms will facilitate teaching, learning, and research. [One credit.]

Latin II

This course finishes the study of the fundamentals of Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary begun in Latin I, introduces the subjunctive mood and its advanced constructions, and emphasizes further development of sound reading and composition skills. Ancillary topics include a survey of Roman history from the establishment of the Empire to the fall of Rome, a review of Greek and Roman mythology with special emphasis on the stories of heroes, and a close study of the geography of the ancient Mediterranean. The course continues the development of English vocabulary skills through Greek and Latin roots, as well as the study of Roman culture, technology, and archeology--including the sites of Pompeii, Ephesus., and Knossos—begun in Latin I. A wide range of technological platforms will facilitate teaching, learning, and research. [Prerequisite: Latin I. Advanced study is available. One credit.]

Latin III

This course immerses students in the unabridged prose and verse of genuine Romans, reviews the important concepts of Latin I and Latin II, and introduces new grammatical and syntactical elements as they appear in the readings. Developing reading fluency is the primary goal. Texts include selections from Catullus, Petronius, and Martial. Students will research the history, culture, geography, mythology, and private life that relate to the authors under discussion and will present their findings by teaching classes and leading discussions individually and cooperatively. A wide range of technological platforms will facilitate teaching, learning, research, and presentation. [Prerequisite: Latin II. Advanced study is available. One credit.]

Latin IV Advanced

This course explores the literature, history, and culture of the first century BCE, arguably ancient Rome’s most complex, chaotic, and compelling period. Original sources, including Vergil’s Aeneid, Caesar’s Commentarii de bello Gallico, and Cicero’s orations In Catilinam reveal not only the trials of the late Republic, but also the triumphant birth of the Empire and the Golden Age. In addition to reading selections from these works, students will research the political and cultural life of the period, especially private life, and will present their findings by teaching classes and leading discussions individually and cooperatively. A wide range of technological platforms will facilitate teaching, learning, research, and presentation. Students who wish to take the AP Latin exam may prepare independently with the instructor. [Prerequisite: Latin III Advanced or departmental approval. One credit.]

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