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LATIN 102 A: Introductory Latin

Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 9:30am - 10:20am
SMI 307
Outside the Temple of Nemea in Greece
Edgar García

Syllabus Description:

Latin 102 Introductory Latin  

Instructor: Edgar Adrián García (
Office hours: Denny Hall 400k, T 2:30-3:30PM; Th 11–12 PM

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, 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:

40% completion of homework assignments, including maintaining a well organized reference notebook, and in-class exercises 

40% quizzes  

20% final exam (as specified in the University schedule for finals)


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, regularly offered 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 sometimes the Classics Department is able to take steps to reduce or eliminate such obstacles.

During this term we will cover Wheelock Chapters 16-30. 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 adapted from authentic ancient literary, historical, and philosophical texts.

Week 1

M        Jan 7    Wheelock Chapter 16: Third Declension Adjectives

T          Jan 8    Vocabulary, Ch. 16 Exercitationes 1–11, 13; Sententiae: 2, 3, 5

W        Jan 9   38 Latin Stories: Wrath of Achilles p. 28, Martial reading in Wheelock Ch. 16

Th        Jan 10  Wheelock Chapter 17: Relative Pronoun

F          Jan 11   Vocabulary, Ch. 17 Exercitationes 1–12; Sententiae 3, 12


Week 2

M        Jan 14  38 Latin Stories: The Myrmidons, Cicero reading in Wheelock Ch. 17

T          Jan 15 Wheelock Chapter 18: Present Passive First and Second Conjugations

W        Jan 16 Vocabulary, Ch. 18 Exercitationes 1–11, 14

Th        Jan 17 38 Latin Stories: A Wedding Invitation, Ovid reading in Wheelock Ch. 18

F          Jan 18  QUIZ #1


Week 3

M        Jan 21 Martin Luther King Day: NO CLASS

T         Jan 22 Wheelock Chapter 19: Perfect Passive System

W        Jan 23  Vocabulary, Ch. 19 Exercitationes 1–11, 15; Sententiae 7

Th       Jan 24 38 Latin Stories: The Judgment of Paris

F        Jan 25  Wheelock Chapter 20: Fourth Declension, Ablative of Separation


Week 4

M        Jan 28  Vocabulary, Ch. 20 Exercitationes 1–11, 13; Sententiae 2, 3

T         Jan 29  Wheelock Chapter 21: Present Passive 3rd and 4th conjugations

W        Jan 30  Vocabulary, Ch. 21 Exercitationes 1–13; Sententiae 4, 6

Th       Jan 31  38 Latin Stories: The Golden Age Returns

F          Feb 1  QUIZ #2

Week 5

M          Feb 4  Snow Day

T           Feb 5  Snow Day

W          Feb 6  Wheelock Chapter 22; Vocabulary, Ch. 22 Exercitationes 1–10, 14; Sententiae 10, 12

Th         Feb 7  38 Latin Stories: Cicero Reports his Victory over Catiline

F           Feb 8  Wheelock Chapter 23: Participles


Week 6

M          Feb 11  Snow Day

T           Feb 12  Snow Day

W          Feb 13  Vocabulary, Ch. 23 Exercitationes 1–12; Sententiae 3, 5

Th         Feb 14  Virgil reading in Wheelock Ch. 23

F           Feb 15  Wheelock Chapter 24: Ablative Absolute; Passive Periphrastic

Week 7

M        Feb 18  President's Day: NO CLASS

T         Feb 19  Vocabulary, Ch. 24 Exercitationes 1–3, 6–8, 11–14; Sententiae 1, 6, 7

W        Feb 20 38 Latin Stories: Caesar's Camp is Attacked by Belgians

Th       Feb 21  Wheelock Chapter 25: Infinitives; Indirect Statement

F         Feb 22 Vocabulary, Ch. 25 Exercitationes 1–5, 7, 8, 10–13; Sententiae 9, 10

Week 8

M        Feb 25  QUIZ #3

T         Feb 26  38 Latin Stories: The Character of Catiline's Followers

W        Feb 27  Wheelock Chapter 26: Comparison of Adjectives; Ablative of Comparison

Th       Feb 28  Vocabulary, Ch. 26 Exercitationes 1–5, 7–11, 15; Sententiae 9

F         Mar  1   38 Latin Stories: The Virtues of the Orator Cato


Week 9

M        Mar 4  Wheelock Chapter 27: Special and Irregular Comparison of Adjectives

T         Mar 5  Vocabulary, Ch. 27 Exercitationes 1–6, 8–10, 13; Sententiae 4, 13

W        Mar 6  Wheelock Both Catullus readings and the Terence on pp. 222–223

Th       Mar 7  Review Day 

F         Mar 8 QUIZ #4


Week 10

M        Mar 11  Wheelock Chapter 28: Subjunctive Mood; Jussive and Purpose Clauses

T         Mar 12  Vocabulary, Ch. 28 Exercitationes 1–10, 13; Sententiae 7, 11

W        Mar 13  38 Latin Stories: Two Love Poems by Catullus

Th       Mar 14  Review and Consolidation Day, Read both Martial Readings on pp. 232–233

F         Mar 15  Review and Consolidation Day 


FINAL EXAM: Wednesday, March 20th, 2019, 8:30–10:20 AM in Smith 307

Catalog Description: 
An intensive study of grammar, with reading and writing of simple Latin prose. Second in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: LATIN 101. Offered: W.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 22, 2018 - 9:11pm