Latin 307 (5 credits) Vergil,Aeneid Spring 2019
MTWF 11:30-12:20, Smith 107 SLN 15810 VLPA
Prof. Stephen Hinds, Department of Classics firstname.lastname@example.org
Required Text (U Bookstore):
Barbara Weiden Boyd (ed.), Vergil’s Aeneid: Expanded Collection, Bolchazy-Carducci 2012/2013
This course completes the second-year Latin sequence, following upon Latin 305 (autumn) and Latin 306 (winter). But also, if you completed the first year of college Latin strongly, and have just a limited amount of reading experience beyond that point, this course will probably be a good fit, and so too if you are looking for a first university course in Latin after a full program of high school Latin. Ask me ahead of the start of term if in doubt about the best Latin course for your level.
The primary aim is to read as much of AeneidBook 1 as possible in Latin, along with selections from other books in the first half of Virgil’s epic. The emphasis will be upon line by line translation, detailed interpretation, and broader literary and cultural contexts. Boyd (a modernizing revision of an iconic Virgil textbook by Clyde Pharr) is a full-service intermediate Latin commentary, which gives plenty of grammatical help. Therefore, we should be able to build up our reading speed in the course of the term. In the opening weeks, we will be covering all of Aeneid1.1-304, without any skips.
We will continue the review and consolidation of Latin grammar (referring to the standard grammar of Allen and Greenough), with the help of exercises in prose composition; we will consolidate the study of the Latin hexameter.
Best two of three quizzes: 50%
Final exam (covers prescribed reading after quiz 2): 40%
Homework and participation in class assignments: 10%
Quizzes and final exam will test the following:
prescribed reading; meter, grammar and composition; ‘sight’ translation; some issues of literary and cultural context