This course serves as an introduction to the Latin language and Roman culture. The course covers approximately the first half of the Cambridge Latin Course (Units One and Two). The emphasis is on reading authentic Latin with a firm grasp of fundamental Latin grammar and vocabulary. Students explore Roman culture through a number of projects that focus on the history and culture of Pompei. The end of the year culminates in the production of a short play, created and performed cooperatively by the whole class.
This course completes Cambridge Latin Course (Units Three and Four), with a continued emphasis on reading and translating. While students master the fundamentals of Latin grammar and syntax, they embark on a translation of adapted passages from Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita and Caesar’s Gallic Wars. Students consider the tumultuous history of Rome from the legends of its founding through the end of the Republic.
This course serves as an introduction to two of the major genres of Latin literature, rhetorical prose and epic poetry. In the fall, students study in detail the politics of the end of the Roman Republic while reading selections from Caesar, Cicero and Sallust. Building upon their foundation of morphology and grammatical constructions, students master these topics within the context of the literature studied. In addition, students will participate in a class-wide race through the cursus honorum, the Roman political “fast track.” In the spring, the focus shifts to poetry and literary style. Students study Roman culture and mythological tradition while reading selections from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Upon completion of this course, students may, with Departmental permission, continue on to Advanced Latin Readings.
Honors Latin III
This course is a prerequisite for students who are planning to take the Advanced Latin course in their fourth year. Students are introduced to rhetoric and the prose of the Late Republic while reading selected orations from Cicero and the historiography of Sallust. In the spring semester, students explore the culture and history of Imperial Rome through the poetry of Horace, Ovid and Virgil. Students gain familiarity with a variety of metrical and literary devices and complete writing assignments (in English) of varying lengths on topics related to their readings.
Advanced Topics in Latin Literature
Depending on the interest of students and the discretion of the instructor, students may read passages from Catullus Virgil’s Georgics, Lucan’s Pharsalia and other Roman lyric and elegiac poetry.
*Roman Philosophy and Religion Fall
In this course students examine the history and development of Roman religious and philosophical belief, tracing it back to its origins in Greek thought and following it forward as it fused with Christian ideology in the Medieval period. Although students will read a variety of texts the core of this class focuses on Latin authors in translation and includes passages from the Dialogues of Cicero and Seneca, Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura, Ovid’s Fasti, The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius and St. Augustine’s Confessions. As a final project, each student will research and write a paper on a topic of interest that arises out of their readings.
* Cross-listed with Religion
This course serves as an introduction to the ancient Greek language and culture. Working from the J.A.C.T. text, Reading Greek, students read Greek passages and dialogues throughout the course. Narration includes cultural and historical topics centered around 5th century Athens. Grammatical topics, morphology, and vocabulary are introduced through these passages and reviewed in class discussion and sample exercises.
This course completes the introduction of Greek grammar, working through the J.A.C.T. text, Reading Greek. Students finish the year reading authentic Attic prose with selections from Plato, Lysias, and Euripides as they trace the rise and fall of the Athenian Empire.
Greek III—Special Topics in Greek Literature
Depending on the interest of the students and the discretion of the instructor, students may read and translate selections from the Greek New Testament, tragedies by Sophocles or Euripides, selections from Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey, or readings in Greek philosophy or history.