Latin 300: First Year Latin 5 credits Summer A Term
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. Completing Latin 300 and 301 in summer prepares you to enjoy exploring Roman literature and history in Latin 305, 306 and 307.
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
- Analyze and describe the influence of the Latin language on subsequent languages and literatures
By completing the first year sequence through Latin 301 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).
Textbook: Wheelock's Latin.
Grades will be calculated on the basis of the following percentages:
completion of homework assignments and in-class exercises 40%
final exam 20%
Email questions about programs and courses in the Classics Department to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help you.
Recent UW student comments about First Year Latin:
"This class was incredibly intellectually stimulating. The TA was engaging and always asked thought-provoking questions."
"I have honestly never enjoyed a class more in all my time at UW."
"Learning the structure of the language was different from anything I have ever done before and challenged me to find new ways of thinking."
"Relating Latin to English and seeing where certain words and roots came from was cool."