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LATIN 101 A: Introductory Latin

Cicero at his desk
Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 9:30am - 10:20am
MLR 316
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Sarah Brucia Breitenfeld

Syllabus Description:

*For the complete syllabus, see document uploaded under 'Files.'*

Latin 101: First Year Latin   5 credits  Autumn 2019

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): since the subject matter rotates, Latin 461-2-3 can be repeated for credit (up to 15 credits for each class in the sequence). 


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



  • completion of in-class exercises   10%
  • homework assignments                    15%
  • vocabulary quizzes (3 total)            15%
  • tests(4 total)                                             40%
  • final exam                                                   20%


Schedule (as of October 10):


Week 1

W        Sept 25: Introduction, pronunciation, parts of speech

TH       Sept 26: Wheelock Chapter 1: verbs & adverbs

F          Sept 27: Vocabulary, Sententiae 6-15


Week 2 

M        Sept 30: Wheelock Chapter 2: Cases, First declension nouns and adjectives

T         Oct 1: Vocabulary, Sententiae 10-15, 18

W        Oct 2: Wheelock Chapter 3: Second declension nouns and adjectives

TH      Oct 3: Test 1 Review Sheet

F          Oct 4: Test 1 on Wheelock Ch. 1 and 2


Week 3: Chapters 3, 4, and 5

M        Oct 7: Vocabulary, Chapter 3 Sententiae 1-5

T         Oct 8: Wheelock Chapter 4: Second declension neuter & sum

W        Oct 9: Vocabulary, Chapter 4 Exercitationes 1-6, 11

TH      Oct 10: 38 Latin Stories: Pandora's Box (p.2)

F          Oct 11: Vocab Quiz 1Wheelock Chapter 5: future and imperfect of first and second conjugation


Week 4: Chapter 5 and 6

M        Oct 14: Chapter 5 Exercitationes 6-11

T          Oct 15: R8 Latin Stories: The Adventures of Io (p.6)

W        Oct 16: Wheelock Chapter 6: sum and possum, complementary infinitive

TH       Oct 17: Chapter 6 Exercitationes 1-5

F          Oct 18: Test 2


Week 5: Chapters 7 and 8

M        Oct 21 Wheelock Chapter 7: Third declension nouns

T          Oct 22 Chapter 7 Exercitationes 1-5, 14

W        Oct 23 Latin Stories: Cleobis and Biton (p. 10)

TH       Oct 24 Wheelock Chapter 8: Third conjugation present  

F          Oct 25 Chapter 8 Exercitationes 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10


Week 6: Chapter 9

M        Oct 28

T          Oct 29

W        Oct 30

TH       Oct 31

F          Nov 1: Test 3

Week 7: Chapters 10 and 11

M        Nov 4

T          Nov 5

W        Nov 6

TH       Nov 7

F          Nov 8: Vocab Quiz 2


Week 8: Chapter 12

M        Nov 11: Veterans Day, NO CLASS

T          Nov 12

W        Nov 13

TH       Nov 14

F          Nov 15: Test 4


Week 9: Chapter 13 and 14

M        Nov 18

T          Nov 19

W        Nov 20

TH       Nov 21:

F          Nov 22: Vocab Quiz 3


Week 10: Chapters 15

M        Nov 25

T          Nov 26

W        Nov 27

TH       Nov 28: Thanksgiving Holiday: NO CLASS

F          Nov 29: Thanksgiving Holiday: NO CLASS


Week 11: Review

M        Dec 2

T          Dec 3

W        Dec 4

TH       Dec 5

F          Dec 6


FINAL EXAM: Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019, 8:30-10:20 a.m. in MLR 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: 
September 17, 2019 - 9:11pm