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LATIN 101 B: Introductory Latin

Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 10:30am - 11:20am
MLR 316
Outside the Temple of Nemea in Greece
Edgar García

Syllabus Description:

Latin 101: First Year Latin   5 credits Daily               Autumn 2018

Miller Hall 316
Instructor: Edgar Adrián García (
Office hours: Denny Hall 400k T 2:30-3:30PM; Th 12–1PM

Welcome to ancient Rome! First year Latin courses give you direct access to the thoughts and writings of the ancient Romans and allow you to explore the dynamic and often dangerous cultural, social and political world in which they wrote. Learning to interpret and use an ancient language requires you to explore unknown areas and think in new ways. Our focus is on Latin as a literary language. Course activities are designed to foster a collegial and collaborative atmosphere and to encourage you to make strong connections between the ancient language and literature we are exploring together and your other interests, passions and pursuits.  

This course counts for VLPA if you are not using it to meet the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Course Goals:

Through your work in the course this term you will demonstrate that you can: 

  • Read and translate short selections from ancient Roman authors and compose simple sentences in Latin
  • Understand and explain the literary, historical and cultural context of texts by ancient Roman authors
  • Analyze and explain Latin grammar and syntax
  • Analyze and describe the influence of the Latin language on subsequent languages and literatures

By completing the first year sequence (101-102-103) you equip yourself to read any Latin author. In our second year courses (304, 305, 306, 307) students read selections of Caesar, Horace, Catullus (305), Cicero and Ovid (306), and Virgil (307), and other authors (304). Our upper division courses offer a rotating selection of authors from the period of the Roman Republic (Latin 461), the Augustan period (Latin 462) and the Later Empire (Latin 463) (as the subject matter rotates, Latin 461-2-3 can be repeated for credit). 

Check out our Classics Department excellent study abroad program in Rome, open to students of any major and offered every Spring Quarter. You could finish your first year of Latin with Spring Quarter in Rome or continue your study of Latin in Rome in a subsequent year. 

Required readings:

Textbook: Wheelock's Latin 7th edition. This book explains Latin grammar and syntax and contains many short readings from ancient Roman authors and many practice exercises. In Autumn  term we will complete chapters 1-15. You should bring Wheelock to class each day

Reader: Groton and May, 38 Latin Stories

 -We have also ordered a Latin dictionary as a recommended text for the course.

An Elementary Latin Dictionary, C.T. Lewis, Oxford University Press

There is also an excellent free online Latin dictionary available through  If you would enjoy an app with an excellent Latin dictionary and complete information about Latin grammar, SPQR Latin Dictionary and Reader from can be recommended.


Grades will be calculated on the basis of the following percentages:

completion of homework assignments and in-class exercises         40%

Homework includes daily preparation for class, and other assignments as noted on the syllabus and distributed in class.

quizzes         40%

final exam     20%

Course policies:
-Please do not use your cell phone or read any material not directly related to class while in class. This includes email, text messages, and the web. Appropriate use of a dictionary App or logeion (i.e. not during quizzes) is welcome.
-Participation points are based on a student’s ability to demonstrate that he or she is keeping up with assignments through questions, engaging with the material during class, and in-class assignments and discussions. Naturally, this depends on a student regularly attending class. Homework will be assigned to be completed for every class.
-Make-up policy for tests: Make-ups will be given after the fact only in the case of serious illness or family emergency. If you have another reason for missing a test, you must inform the instructor well in advance to permit suitable arrangements to be made. Students who obtain a grade of 75% or below on one of the four quizzes may request a make-up quiz. If the student obtains a higher grade on the make-up quiz, the instructor will change the student's recorded grade for the quiz accordingly. Please note that only one make-up quiz per quiz is allowed and that it is the student's responsibility to approach the instructor and request a make-up. The request should be made as soon as possible after receiving the initial grade.

-Final exam: In accordance with departmental policy the final exam will be given only at the scheduled date and time. For policies regarding exceptions see the final examination guidelines at

Email policy: Please allow 24 hours for your instructor to answer emails from Monday to Friday. During weekends, your instructor may not be available to answer emails. Please keep in mind that our email correspondence is a public record according to RCW 42.56, the Washington State Public Records Act, and I have the right to share said correspondence with my supervisor or other authorities if I think it is necessary (more information at

All quizzes and the final are cumulative. They will include passages for translation, grammatical analysis, and literary and cultural commentary, and questions on the author spotlight materials.
For each chapter of Wheelock students will be responsible for learning new forms (verbs, nouns, adjectives, etc.), memorizing the list of vocabulary in the chapter, and translating selected sentences from Latin into English and from English into Latin. From Chapter 4 on we will be reading from Thirty-Eight Latin Stories.


Week 1

W        Sept 26 Introduction, pronunciation. Parts of Speech: nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, etc. 

TH       Sept 27 Wheelock Chapter 1 verbs & adverbs

F          Sept 28 Vocabulary, Sententiae 4-13, 20

Week 2

M        Oct 1   Wheelock Chapter 2: Cases; First declension nouns and adjectives

T          Oct 2   Vocabulary, Sententiae 10-15, 18

W        Oct 3    Wheelock Chapter 3: Second declension nouns and adjectives

TH       Oct 4    Chapter 3: Vocabulary, Exercitationes 1-6, 8, 10; Sententiae 5, 8

F          Oct 5   Quiz 1


Week 3

M        Oct 8 38 Latin Stories: Pandora's Box (p.2)

Wheelock Chapter 4: Second declension neuter. Sum. Predicate nominatives,                                  substantives

T          Oct 9  Vocabulary, p. 37 Exercitationes 1-7, 11; Sententiae 1, 5, 7, 10, 11

W        Oct 10 38 Latin Stories: The Tragic Story of Phaethon, Cicero reading on Wheelock p. 38

TH       Oct 11  Wheelock Chapter 5: future and imperfect of first and second conjugation

F          Oct 12 Vocabulary, p. 44-45 Exercitationes 2-12 Sententiae 11, 12


Week 4

M        Oct 15 38 Latin Stories: The Adventures of Io (p. 6)

T          Oct 16 Wheelock Chapter 6: sum and possum. complementary infinitive

W        Oct 17 Vocabulary, p. 51 Exercitationes 3-11, 13 Sententiae 7

TH       Oct 18 38 Latin Stories: The Curse of Atreus (p.8), Martial and Livy readings on                                        Wheelock p. 52

F          Oct 19 Quiz 2

Week 5

M        Oct 22  Wheelock Chapter 7: Third declension nouns 

T          Oct 23  Vocabulary, Wheelock p. 58 Exercitationes 2-11, Sententiae 6, 11

W        Oct 24 38 Latin Stories: Cleobis and Biton (p. 10)

TH       Oct 25 Wheelock Chapter 8: Third conjugation present 

F          Oct 26 Vocabulary, Wheelock p. 67 Exercitationes 1-8, 10, Sententiae 4, 7, 9, 15


Week 6

M        Oct 29 38 Latin Stories: Laöcoon and the Trojan Horse (p. 12), Cicero reading Wheelock                            p. 69

T          Oct 30 Wheelock Chapter 9: hic, ille, istic, unus nauta adjectives 

W        Oct 31 Vocabulary, Wheelock p. 76 Exercitationes 1-2, 4­-10, 13, Sententiae 4, 6, 7;

TH       Nov 1 38 Latin Stories: Nisus and Euryalus (p.14)

F          Nov 2  Quiz 3

Week 7

M        Nov 5  Wheelock Chapter 10: fourth conjugation verbs 

T          Nov 6 Vocabulary, Wheelock p.83-84: Exercitationes 1-13, Sententiae 4, 10, 11

W        Nov 7 Wheelock Chapter 11: ego, tu, is; demonstratives is and idem

TH       Nov 8 Vocab, Wheelock p.92-93: Exercitationes 1-5, 11-13, 16, Sententiae 9-11

F          Nov 9 38 Latin Stories: Ulysses and the Cyclops (p.18)

Week 8

M        Nov 12 Veterans' Day Holiday: No Class

T          Nov 13 Wheelock Chapter 12: Perfect active system 

W        Nov 14 Vocabulary, Wheelock p. 101: Exercitationes 1-10, 13, 15, Sententiae 1, 2, 8, 9

TH       Nov 15 Review Day

F          Nov 16  Quiz 4

Week 9

M        Nov 19 Nov 15 38 Latin Stories: A Gift Bearing Greeks p. 20, Martial reading                                            Wheelock p. 102

T          Nov 20 Wheelock Chapter 13: reflexive pronouns and possessives; intensive pronoun  

W        Nov 21 38 Latin Stories: Echo and Handsome Narcissus p. 22, Cicero reading Wheelock p. 110

TH       Thanksgiving Holiday: No Class

F          Thanksgiving Holiday: No Class


Week 10

M        Nov 26 Vocabulary, p.109 Exercitationes 1-8, 11-12, 17-18, Sententiae 2, 4, 6

T          Nov 27 Wheelock Chapter 14: third declension i-stem 

W        Nov 28 Vocabulary, p.118-119 Exercitationes 1-9, 12, Sententiae 2, 8, 9, 12

TH       Nov 29 38 Latin Stories: Europa and the Bull p. 24, Martial reading Wheelock pp. 119

F          Nov 30 Wheelock Chapter 15: numerals, expressions of space and time


Week 11

M        Dec 3   Vocabulary, p. 127 Exercitationes 1-9, 11, 14, Sententiae 3, 6, 9

T          Dec 4 38 Latin Stories: How the Aegean Got Its Name p. 26

W        Dec 5 consolidation and review, both Cicero readings Wheelock p. 128, 

TH       Dec 6 consolidation and review, Sententiae (p. 127 Wheelock) 2, 4, 7, 8

F          Dec 7 consolidation and review


FINAL EXAM: Monday, December 10th, 2018, 8.30–10.20 AM in Miller 316


Catalog Description: 
An intensive study of grammar, with reading and writing of simple Latin prose. First in a sequence of three. Offered: A.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:12pm