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LATIN 306 A: Cicero and Ovid

Meeting Time: 
MTWF 11:30am - 12:20pm
SAV 156
Alexander Hollmann
Alexander Hollmann

Syllabus Description:

Latin 306 (5 credits)       Ovid, Metamorphosesand Cicero, selections         Winter 2019


                                                MTWF 11:30-12:20, Savory Hall 156

SLN 16412   VLPA


Prof. Alexander Hollmann, Department of Classics  (

office: Denny M (Mezzanine) 262 E

office hours: MW 1.30-2.30



This course continues UW’s second-year Latin sequence from Latin 305. But also, if you completed the first year of college Latin strongly, this course will probably be a good fit even without Latin 305, 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 first five or six weeks of the quarter will be devoted to the mythological epic narratives of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and the rest of the quarter to the prose writings of the leading Roman public figure and intellectual Cicero.  User-friendly textbooks offering detailed commentary and context on the readings will be prescribed, to be available through the University Bookstore.  The emphasis will be upon line by line translation, detailed interpretation, and broader literary and cultural contexts.


Required texts

Selections from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. William S. Anderson, Mary Purnell Frederick

A Cicero Reader. Selections from Five Essays and Four Speeches, with Five Letters. James M. May



Best two of three quizzes:  50%

Final exam (cumulative but concentrates on prescribed reading after quiz 2):  40%

Homework and participation in class assignments:  10%


Quizzes and final exam will test the following:

translation of prescribed reading; meter, grammar and syntax; ‘sight’ translation; some issues of literary and cultural context

You will always be given a choice of passages to translate and comment on.


Course Policies


Please prepare readings for class as best you can and come to class prepared to translate what you can, prepared to ask questions, and prepared to answer questions. I don’t expect you to be able to have everything figured out but I do expect you to have done your best to read and translate the assigned lines. This means having consulted the vocabulary and notes in advance and having made an attempt to read and make sense of the passage. As you prepare the assignment at home I suggest that you write out a translation in a notebook or binder. Please don’t try to squeeze in a translation between the lines in your textbook!


I will call on students randomly during class and try to hear from as many people as possible. If you feel unprepared to be called upon, please let me know before class.

Don’t worry if you feel you can’t translate or answer a question. All I ask is that you make an effort; if you don’t see how to proceed, it’s fine to ask for help or pass.

-Quizzes and Exams:

Take note now of dates of the three quizzes and the final exam and plan around them. Make-ups can be given in case of illness or personal or family emergency. Try to let me know in advance if you need to miss a quiz.




Schedule REVISED MARCH 5, 2019


NOTE: Because it is difficult to predict how far we will get in any one session, the following is only a guide and will need to be updated. I will announce changes in class and by email. Please make sure that you pay attention these announcements and emails. For the Ovid selection, we will aim at an eventual average of 30 lines per session.


Week 1 Jan. 7-11: Begin Ovid, Met., Baucis and Philemon selection


Week 2 Jan. 14-18: Finish Baucis and Philemon selection. Begin Acis, Galatea, and Polyphemus selection


Week 3 Jan. 21-25: Continue and finish Acis, Galatea, and Polyphemus selection.

M Jan. 21 MLK Day: NO CLASS

F Jan. 25 QUIZ 1


Week 4 Jan. 28-Feb.1: Acis, Galatea, Pentheus cont’d





Week 5 Feb. 4-Feb. 8: Continue Acis, Galatea, Pentheus, reading as far as p. 33 line 869 … nec tu, Galatea, moveris!


Week 6: Feb. 11-Feb. 15: edited Echo and Narcissus selection: pp. 39-45, line 426 dumque petit, petitur pariterque accendit et ardet

F Feb. 15 QUIZ 2 (covers Acis, Galatea, and Polyphemus selections read together + Echo and Narcissus selections read together)


Here are the Cicero selections I would like to read together:

  1. [2-3: In Catilinam2.22-25] - this is no longer part of the selection
  2. 4-6: Pro Archia poeta12-16
  3. 9: Ad Quintum fratrem2.4
  4. 16 Ad familiares14.18
  5. 17 Ad familiares14.20
  6. 20 De amicitia19-23


Week 7: Feb. 18-22: Cicero: selections

M Feb. 18 President’s Day: NO CLASS


Week 8: Feb. 25-Mar. 1: Cicero: selections


Week 9: Mar. 4-8: Cicero: selections

F Mar. 7 QUIZ 3


Week 10: Mar. 11-15: Cicero: selections



W Mar. 20, 2.30-4.20, Savory 156

Catalog Description: 
Readings from the orations of Cicero and the poetry of Ovid; elementary exercises in Latin prose composition. Recommended: one year of college level Latin or equivalent. Offered: W.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:12pm