Classics Department Course Offerings

LA120: Latin I

Term: Year

This course serves three functions. First, it provides a sound foundation in the forms, grammar, and vocabulary of the Latin language so that student can read original passages of Latin prose and poetry. Second, through class discussions and primary sources, an appreciation of Latin literature and Roman culture and recognition of their influence upon the literature and cultural patterns of Western civilization is instilled. And third, because the class stresses Latin’s influence on English, students gain a heightened understanding of English vocabulary, grammar, and overall linguistic skills. The text for this course is Wheelock’s Latin and can be acquired via a paperback textbook or an e-book. This course is open to all students.

LA220: Latin II

Term: Year

This course continues the study of grammar and vocabulary. After a thorough review of grammatical concepts and vocabulary introduced in first year Latin, students transition to studying increasingly difficult grammatical concepts. Memorization of vocabulary, derivatives, and verb synopses are emphasized as students work to expand their grammatical foundations. Students use their newfound grammatical strengths to translate increasingly more difficult Latin sentences. The text for this course is Wheelock’s Latin and can be acquired via a paperback textbook or an e-book. This course is open to students who have completed LA120 or the equivalent.

LA230: Honors Latin II

Term: Year

This course continues the study of grammar and vocabulary at an advanced pace. After a thorough review of grammatical concepts and vocabulary introduced in first year Latin, students transition to studying increasingly difficult grammatical concepts. Memorization of vocabulary, derivatives, and verb synopses are emphasized as students work to expand their grammatical foundations. This honors course engages in rigorous grammar exercises and Latin composition, and emphasizes the reading experience at the second-year level. The text for this course is Wheelock’s Latin and can be acquired via a paperback textbook or an e-book, as well as Wheelock’s Latin Reader. This course is open to capable students who have completed LA120 with distinction or have permission of the Department.

LA323: Latin III

Term: Semester 1

After a comprehensive grammatical review, students transition to daily translations of intermediate Latin. Students follow an adapted Latin narrative about Horace to reinforce Latin grammar, all while gaining greater confidence in their translation skills. Through a closer look at the historical context of the text, students learn of the political climate during the 1st c BCE. There is daily sight and prepared translation in class, and each student participates daily in interpreting the material. The text is Oxford Latin Course, Part III. This course is open to students who have completed LA220 or the equivalent.

LA324: Latin III

Term: Semester 2

A continuation of Latin III, students will continue their exposure to Roman history and culture through ancient authors. As students progress through the styles of various prose authors, they will become more comfortable with the various sentence structures of authors such as Cicero, Caesar, and Sallust. This course is a continuation of LA323 and open to students who completed LA323 or the equivalent.

LA333: Honors Latin III: Prose in the Late Republic

Term: Year

This course looks at the shifting landscape of the late Republic through the eyes of various prose authors. Through selected readings from Pliny, Cicero, and Sallust, students will be introduced to a political climate that was unsteady at best and vitriolic at worst. By a close examination of these authors' styles and literary importance, students will begin to see the history unfold through the words of these writers. The text will be determined by discussion within the department. This course is open to students who completed second year Latin with distinction, the equivalent or with permission of the Department Head.

LA334: Honors Latin III: Poetry in the Late Republic

Term: Year

With a thorough knowledge of the Late Republic already gained through the eyes of prose authors, students will now transition into the study of poetry. Through selected readings of Ovid, Catullus, Virgil, Martial and others, students learn the subtle nuances that each author brought to his work. Students will be exposed to poetic devices and meters that different authors employed, as well as analyzing the Latin as a literary work. The text will be determined by discussion within the department. This course is open to students who completed second year Latin with distinction, the equivalent or with permission of the Department Head.

LA423: Latin IV: Roman Biography

Term: Semester 1

The Lives of the Caesars by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus offers a tell-all biography of the early Roman emperors. Students will read excerpts from Caesar, Augustus, Caligula, and Nero in order to discover Suetonius’ purpose in writing the lives of these men. Suetonius’ work is a benchmark for biography writing and remains a key source for the history of Rome. Students will explore the genre of Roman biography, read Suetonius in his cultural and literary context, and engage advanced Latin syntax and vocabulary. Furthermore, students will develop critical reading and thinking skills through class discussion, quizzes, and written exercises. The text is Suetonius Reader. This course is open to students who completed LA332 or the equivalent.

LA424: Latin IV: Roman Elegy

Term: Semester 2

Students are introduced to Roman elegy through the works of various authors, including Tibullus, Catullus, and Ovid. This first extended look at Roman poetry explores the various topics of Roman poetry, but will focus on love poems for which elegy is most known. Students will learn the basics of elegiac meter as well as the contemporary events that correspond to the respective authors. The text will be determined by discussion within the department. This course is open to students who completed LA332 or the equivalent.

LA591: Independent Tutorial in Latin

Term: Semester 1

This course is an opportunity for an individual or a small group of students to work with a member of the Department on a project in which they share a common interest. Open to students by permission of the Department Head and the Dean of Academic Affairs.

LA592: Independent Tutorial in Latin

Term: Semester 2

This course is an opportunity for an individual or a small group of students to work with a member of the Department on a project in which they share a common interest. Open to students by permission of the Department Head and the Dean of Academic Affairs.

LA691: Independent Tutorial in Greek

Term: Semester 1

This course is an opportunity for an individual or a small group of students to work with a member of the Department on a project in which they share a common interest. Open to students by permission of the Department Head and the Dean of Academic Affairs.

LA692: Independent Tutorial in Greek

Term: Semester 2

This course is an opportunity for an individual or a small group of students to work with a member of the Department on a project in which they share a common interest. Open to students by permission of the Department Head and the Dean of Academic Affairs.

LA830: AP Latin

Term: Year

The course prepares students to take the Advanced Placement Latin Examination on selections from Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s De Bello Gallico. Students will literally translate over 1800 lines of Latin that could appear on the AP Exam in May. In addition, students are responsible for several portions of each text in English. Special attention is paid to syntactical details as well as the effects of meter, imagery, and figures of speech. Larger themes and motifs, which pertain to the historical, cultural, and literary significances of these two works, are also examined. Students will have opportunities to demonstrate comprehension of non-syllabus based Caesar and Vergil passages by reading at sight. This course is open to students who have completed three years of Latin with distinction or have the permission of the Department Head.

LA991: Post-AP Latin

Term: Semester 1

This course is for students who have already successfully completed AP Latin; teacher and student work together to construct a syllabus which is both appropriately challenging and also reflective of the student's interests.

LA992: Post-AP Latin

Term: Semester 2

This course is for students who have already successfully completed AP Latin; teacher and student work together to construct a syllabus which is both appropriately challenging and also reflective of the student's interests.

LA993: Honors Independent Tutorial in Latin

LA994: Honors Independent Tutorial in Latin