Students in this course will learn the basics of the language essential to all studies in the liberal arts, Latin. From the age of Julius Caesar until the early 20th century Latin language and literature were required of all western students, and they continue to represent the foundation of learning and erudition. The object of the course is for the student to learn the fundamentals of Latin, its grammar and syntax, in order to read Latin poetry and prose, some of the most eloquent expressions of the human condition.
Homework assignments: There will be written homework assignments during the course of each unit. For each assignment, students are to write out the assigned Latin or English, supply the answer, and then leave enough space to make any necessary corrections.
Class participation: Class participation is an essential aspect of this course, especially because it is an intensive course that meets five days per week. Participation consists of preparing all assignments for class, attending class, and participating in class drills and discussions. Class work is a requirement, not an option.
Of course, if you do not attend class you can not participate in the in-class discussions. You may take 3 absences from the classroom during the semester without penalty -- no questions asked, no explanation necessary. After three absences, each absence will result in a lowering of the class participation component of 20% by one full grade.
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