LATN: Latin

Winter 2019

LATN101 Beginning Latin I Sections

Classical Latin, Part I.

Instructor(s): Mulder, Tara Gorrie, Charmaine McElduff, Siobhan MINARD, ANTONE LANATA
Latin 101 Latin was the language of the Romans and, at the height of the Roman Empire during the first three centuries of the common era, was spoken throughout the whole of Western Europe and a large part of North Africa. After the fall of the Roman Empire in the west in the fifth century, Latin continued to be spoken in a variety of local dialects that developed through time into the modern Romance languages, e.g., French, Italian, and Spanish. Latin itself survived as the common language of educated people in Europe through the church and universities until the eighteenth century. A knowledge of Latin is essential to the study of the history, literature and archaeology of the Romans and for a serious understanding of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Europe. It is also extremely useful in the study of the Romance languages as well as the English language, which...
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LATN102 Beginning Latin II Sections

Classical Latin, Part II.

Latin 102 continues with the basics of Latin grammar that we began in Latin 101, and illustrates these by a series of readings adapted from the major authors of classical Latin literature.  Students will be reading passages from such famous authors and works as Julius Caesar’s memoir of his campaigns in Gaul, Pliny the Younger’s first-hand account of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, and the statesman Cicero’s letters to his family.   Text (required): Susan C. Shelmerdine, Introduction to Latin, 2nd ed., Focus Publishing, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-58510-390-4
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LATN201 Intermediate Latin I Sections

Completion of the grammatical foundations of classical Latin, Part I.

Instructor(s): Gorrie, Charmaine
Latin 201 continues the study of the fundamentals of Latin grammar and syntax that were begun in Latin 101 and 102. Grammar and vocabulary are illustrated through the reading of slightly adapted texts from Latin literature, such as Livy's legends of early Rome and Julius Caesar’s account of his campaigns in Gaul as well as selections from other Latin authors.
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LATN202 Intermediate Latin II Sections

Completion of the grammatical foundations of classical Latin, Part II; an introduction to the reading of unadapted passages of Latin literature and discussion of thier cultural contexts.

Instructor(s): Gorrie, Charmaine
Latin 202 completes the fundamentals of Latin grammar and syntax and continues the reading of slightly adapted texts from the major authors of Latin literature. We then introduce students to unadapted Latin by reading Eutropius’ summary of the events of the Second Punic War from Book III of his Ab Urbe Condita, as well as selections from other Latin authors. (These texts will be supplied).
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LATN350 Latin Literature of the Classical Period (Prose) Sections

Readings in Latin Prose.

Instructor(s): McElduff, Siobhan
Third-year Latin aims to enhance students’ skills in reading unadapted Latin and to introduce them to some of the great authors of classical Latin literature.
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LATN351 Latin Literature of the Classical Period (Verse) Sections

Readings in Latin Verse.

Instructor(s): Braund, Susanna
In this course we will read ‘real’ Latin–unadapted Latin–with the help of a commentary and vocabulary list. The selected textbook is ‘A Lucan Reader: Selections from Civil War’. Your Latin will improve massively as we read excerpts from the young poet Lucan’s thrilling epic poem about the conflict between Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great.
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LATN401B Latin Prose - LATIN PROSE Sections

Studies in history, oratory and/or philosophy. May be repeated for up to 12 credits. It is recommended that the corequisite course be completed prior to LATN 401.

Instructor(s): Braund, Susanna
LATN 401B/501B: “Reading and Writing Latin Prose” The aim of this course is to improve your fluency in Latin and to introduce you to a wide range of Latin prose styles along with some of the key prose texts from Latin literature. The course will do more than can be imagined to improve your grasp of Latin vocabulary, grammar and syntax and your appreciation of Roman ideas and culture. It will also teach you how to use a dictionary properly and how to think yourself into a Roman frame of mind. It is not for the faint-hearted - but the brave will benefit hugely and have heaps more fun than they expect. The course will consist of exercises in translation into Latin along with close study of a number of important Latin prose texts from several different genres. Assigned texts will include Cicero's beautiful philosophical "Dream of Scipio" (Somnium Scipionis) from his...
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LATN402B Latin Verse - LATIN VERSE Sections

Studies in narrative verse, comedy, satire, elegiac and lyric poetry. May be repeated for up to 12 credits. It is recommended that the corequisite course be completed prior to LATN 402.

Instructor(s): Braund, Susanna
LATN 402B/502B: “Virgil's Aeneid Book 12” The aim of this course is to improve your fluency in Latin and to acquaint you with the closing book of Virgil’s epic poem, the Aeneid (studied in Latin) and with the narrative arc of the entire poem (studied in English). The Aeneid was at the centre of European culture from Virgil’s death in 19 BCE down to the 19th century. Because of this, it influenced generations of elite men who became political and military leaders. Virgil’s story concerns Trojan refugees, fleeing from the destruction of their city of Troy (in modern Turkey) and travelling westwards through the Mediterranean, repeatedly trying to settle until they reach Italy, their destined new home, which was no more an empty land (terra nullius) than were the Americas when the European colonists arrived. Virgil’s hero Aeneas is forced to fight the indigenous peoples, and he is told that after his...
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