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.
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, including subordinate clauses and the uses of the subjunctive
- 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).
Textbooks: Wheelock's Latin; Groton and May, 38 Stories
Grades will be calculated on the basis of the following percentages:
participation in in-class activities, completion of homework assignments, including maintaining a well organized reference notebook 40%
quizzes (3) 30%
final exam (as specified in the University schedule for finals) 30%
At any point, please feel free to ask about adding a major or minor in Latin or Classical studies, and about our excellent study abroad program in Rome, offered every year during Spring quarter. If there are logistical obstacles that stand in the way of your wish to pursue Latin or Classics, please let us know as often the Classics Department is able to take steps to reduce or eliminate such obstacles.
During this term we will cover Wheelock Chapters 31-40 and do additional readings in ancient Roman texts. In chapters 1-15 we learned how to state facts in simple sentences. In addition to expanding our vocabulary we will now be introduced to various kinds of subordinate clauses and ways to talk about non-factual situations, and we will learn more ways of using the cases. It will remain important to be able to memorize forms and vocabulary and we will continue to emphasize reading paragraphs selected or adapted from ancient literary, historical, and philosophical texts.