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Classical Studies: Latin

LATIN 131 Elementary Latin I (1)

Introduction to the morphology, syntax and style of classical Latin.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

LATIN 132 Elementary Latin II (1)

Introduction to the morphology, syntax and style of classical Latin.

Prerequisite: LATIN 131 or consent of instructor.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

LATIN 231 Latin Prose (1)

Close reading of classical Latin prose authors. Texts by Cicero, Sallust, Livy, Suetonius, Seneca and/or Apuleius will be translated and discussed.

Prerequisite: LATIN 132 or consent of instructor.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

LATIN 232 Latin Poetry (1)

Close reading of classical Latin poetry. Works by Catullus, Propertius, Vergil, Horace, Ovid and others will be translated and discussed.

Prerequisite: LATIN 231 or consent of instructor.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

LATIN 350 (TH; W) Readings in Caesar and Tacitus: Greeks, Romans and Barbarians (1)

Taught 3 hours a week in conjunction with CLAS 250 (Greeks, Romans and Barbarians), one hour per week translating Caesar, and Tacitus. Herodotus, Caesar and Tacitus will be consulted, along with comedy, tragedy, fragments of ethnographers and passages from other primary sources to see how perceptions of barbarians changed over time, affected by the ways that Greek and Roman interactions with them changed. In order to better understand how recent history shapes our interpretation of ancient culture, we will study post-colonialist, Afro-centric, and "anti-anti-Semitic" approaches to the Greco-Roman image of Egyptians, Persians, Indians, Scythians, Libyans, Ethiopians, Phrygians, Lydians, Gauls, Britons, and Germans. Credit may not be earned for both LATIN 350 and CLAS 250.

Prerequisite: LATIN 232

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Thinking Historically; Writing centered

  • Offering: Triennially in spring
  • Instructor: Bachvarova

LATIN 353 (IT) Latin Sources on Roman Women (1)

Taught 3 hours a week in conjunction with CLAS 247, one hour per week translating original Latin texts by and about Roman women. This course explores the life experience of women in ancient Rome and the way their lives are reflected in 500 years of Roman literature. Since most Roman authors were men, students will try to reconstruct women's voices and their human experience by exploring both literary and non-literary sources, such as laws, grave inscriptions, and graffiti, focusing on issues such as female literacy, "female" genres, and gender-specific language. In addition, students will examine artistic representations of women in the form of portrait sculptures and funerary monuments. Credit may only be earned in one of the following: LATIN 353 or CLAS 247.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Interpreting Texts

  • Offering: Triennially
  • Instructor: Knorr

LATIN 390 Independent Study (.5-1)

Advanced study of selected Latin texts.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

LATIN 391 Advanced Reading in Latin Literature (1)

This course allows for intensive study at the third-year level of a text or texts in a single genre or time-period of Latin literature. The primary focus remains translation, but secondary readings will be incorporated and discussed. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: Completion of LATIN 232, or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

LATIN 394 (W) Advanced Research and Writing on Latin Literature (1)

This course is intended to provide students with appropriate preparation in Latin, an additional opportunity to read Latin in the original and to polish their research and writing skills.  Meets concurrently with the Latin-based Classics Senior Thesis.