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LATIN 305 A: Introduction To Latin Literature

Meeting Time: 
MTWF 11:30am - 12:20pm
Location: 
PAR 313
SLN: 
16607
Instructor:
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Sarah Levin-Richardson

Syllabus Description:

Latin 305: Introduction to Latin Literature

Fall 2015

MTWF 11:30-12:20pm

PAR 313

 

Prof. Sarah Levin-Richardson

sarahlr@uw.edu

315 Condon Hall

Office Hours: MF 10-11am, and by appointment

 

Description:

This course introduces students to translating Latin with two different authors of the late Republic. These authors—the poet Catullus and the dictator Julius Caesar—write about unrequited love, fierce rivalries, and the “barbarian” peoples encountered during the volatile period when the Roman Republic is falling and a new political order—the Empire—is emerging. Classes will focus on translation and review of grammar, although thematic and stylistic issues will also be addressed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain facility with translating Latin literature
  • Review key grammatical concepts
  • Discuss literary and cultural aspects of Latin literature
  • Begin to explore scholarship on Latin literature

 

Learning Support:

If you know of something that might impact your learning (travel schedule with UW teams, health or personal crisis, disability) please contact me as soon as possible, ideally at the beginning of the quarter, so that I can make appropriate accommodations. Below you can find further resources:

  • The Classics Department maintains a list of local Latin tutors; email our Undergraduate Advisor, Mr. Douglas Machle (dmachle@uw.edu), for more information.
  • Disability Resources for Students: http://depts.washington.edu/uwdrs/
    • If you have already established accommodations with Disability Resources for Students (DRS), please communicate your approved accommodations to me at your earliest convenience so we can discuss your needs in this course.
    • If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations (conditions include but not limited to; mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), you are welcome to contact DRS at 206-543-8924 or uwdrs@uw.edu or disability.uw.edu. DRS offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or temporary health conditions.  Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your instructor(s) and DRS.  It is the policy and practice of the University of Washington to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law.
  • UW Academic Support: http://depts.washington.edu/aspuw/more/campus-resources/
  • UW Counseling Center: http://www.washington.edu/counseling/

 

Required Texts:

The required texts for this class are listed below and can be found in the U bookstore, as well as on amazon.com and other sites. Occasionally there are readings that are not in the texts below; these will be posted on the course website. Each meeting in the schedule describes what material should be read/prepared for that class session. On the second day of class, for example, please come to class having read poems 5 and 8 of Catullus.

 

Aronson and R. Boughner, eds. Catullus and Horace: Selections from Their Lyric Poetry.

       Longman, 1988.

C. Kennedy, ed. Caesar de bello gallico VI. Bristol Classical Press, 1982.

H. Allen and J. B. Greenough. New Latin Grammar. [any edition should be fine]

 

Grading:

In-Class Participation: 20%

Quizzes: 20% (The lowest quiz will be dropped)

Assignments: 20%

Midterm: 20%

Final: 20%

 

In-class participation is the heart of this class; as such, please come to every class having read in Latin the passages assigned for that day, and be prepared to translate and discuss these passages. No make-up quizzes will be allowed (note that the lowest quiz is dropped). No late assignments are accepted. If you are ill when an assignment is due and cannot come to class, please arrange to email your homework to me before the beginning of class time on the due date.

 

The grading scale used in this class is as follows:

 

 

Percentage Earned 

Grade-Point Equivalent

100-98

4.0

97-95

3.9

94

3.8

93

3.7

92-91

3.6

90

3.5

89-88

3.4

87

3.3

86

3.2

85

3.1

84

3.0

83

2.9

82

2.8

81

2.7

80

2.6

79

2.5

78

2.4

77

2.3

76

2.2

75

2.1

74

2.0

73

1.9

72

1.8

71

1.7

70

1.6

69

1.5

68

1.4

67

1.3

66

1.2

65

1.1

64

1.0

63

0.9

62-61

0.8

60

0.7 [lowest passing grade]

59 and x < 59

0.0

 

 

Further Expectations:

  • In class

    • You are responsible for all materials assigned in the readings and covered in class. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to get notes from a classmate.

      • The University of Washington prohibits the selling of notes online or through any other channels.
    • Getting in touch with each other
      • Please check your uw email daily; this is how I will communicate with you about pertinent information (such as changes to assignments, or if class needs to be cancelled for some reason).
      • I hold office hours twice a week to be there for you! I am happy to chat with you about class (including any concerns you may have), how to follow your interest in classics, study abroad opportunities, etc. If you are anxious about assignments, please come to office hours and we can discuss strategies one-on-one. If you would like to chat but can’t make it to scheduled office hours, just email me and we can find a time to meet.
      • I am happy to answer questions over email, but please check the syllabus first to see whether the answer is there.
      • I will respond to emails by the end of the next working day (which means that if you email me on Friday afternoon, I may not respond until Monday afternoon).
    • Grading
      • Students are expected to adhere to ethical behavior in their work, including following posted guidelines for each assignment concerning group work and plagiarism/cheating.
      • Make-up exams will be given only in the case of documented illness or emergency, or for university-approved events (athletics, etc.), that are cleared with me in advance.
      • I’d be happy to discuss any of your graded work with you, but I ask that you wait twenty-four hours after receiving your exam back in order to begin to process my feedback. After the twenty-four-hour period, please feel free to email me to set up a time to meet. Unfortunately, I cannot discuss grades over email.
    • Other:
      • Posting course materials is forbidden without my written authorization.

 

Tentative Schedule of Topics and Readings; please check Canvas for an up-to-date schedule:

 

Week 1: Catullus

W Sept 30: Introduction

F Oct 2: Catullus 5, 8

 

Week 2: Catullus

M Oct 5: Catullus 22 [quiz 1]

T Oct 6: Catullus 12, 43, 46

W Oct 7: Catullus 51

F Oct 9: [assignment 1 due]

 

Week 3: Catullus

M Oct 12: Catullus 70, 72 [quiz 2]

T Oct 13: Catullus 53, 73, 83

W Oct 14: Catullus 84, 85, 86

F Oct 16: [assignment 2 due]

 

Week 4: Catullus

M Oct 19: Catullus 87, 92, 96 [quiz 3]

T Oct 20: Catullus 101, 109

W Oct 21: Catullus 48, 99, 80 (to be provided)

F Oct 23: [assignment 3 due]

 

Week 5: Catullus

M Oct 26: Catullus 16, 37 (to be provided) [quiz 4]

T Oct 27: Selections from David Wray, Catullus and the Poetics of Roman Manhood. Cambridge,

2001 (to be provided).

W Oct 28: Review

F Oct 30: Midterm

 

Week 6: Caesar

M Nov 2: Caesar 6.11

T Nov 3: 6.13

W Nov 4: 6.13

F Nov 6: [assignment 4 due]

 

Week 7: Caesar

M Nov 9: 6.15-16 [quiz 5]

T Nov 10: 6.17-18

W Nov 11: NO CLASS (VETERANS DAY)

F Nov 13: [assignment 5 due]

 

Week 8: Caesar

M Nov 16: 6.19-6.20 [quiz 6]

T Nov 17: 6.21-22

W Nov 18: 6.23

F Nov 20: [assignment 6 due]

 

Week 9: Caesar

M Nov 23: 6.24 [quiz 7]

T Nov 24: 6.25-26

W Nov 25: [assignment 7 due]

F Nov 27: NO CLASS (THANKSGIVING)

 

Week 10: Caesar and Horace

M Nov 30: Caesar 6.27-28 [quiz 8]

T Dec 1: Horace 1.11

W Dec 2: Horace 1.9

F Dec 4: [assignment 8 due]

 

Week 11: Horace

M Dec 7: Horace 1.37 [quiz 9]

T Dec 8: Horace 3.13

W Dec 9: Horace 3.30

F Dec 11: Review

 

Final Exam: Wednesday, December 16, 2:30-4

Catalog Description: 
Readings in prose and poetry from various Latin authors; elementary exercises in Latin prose composition. Offered: A.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Other Requirements Met: 
Status: 
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Last updated: 
April 27, 2016 - 4:13pm
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