Arnush, x5462, Harder Hall 208A, Office hours M 9-10 F 10-11
CL 105: Intensive Elementary Latin
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.
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and English-Latin Dictionary (type in any form)
Required: Moreland, F.L., and Fleischer, R.M.
Latin: An Intensive Course. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press,
Recommended: Vis-Ed Latin Vocabulary Cards.
Quizzes and Examinations:
There are 18 units in the textbook for this course,
and we will complete approximately 13 of them this semester. Each of the
units will be followed by a quiz, except units 4, 8, and 11. More comprehensive
exams will be administered after these three units, and a last will constitute
the final exam.
Each chapter addresses Latin grammar and sentence
structure ("syntax") as well as vocabulary. The student will demonstrate
knowledge of the vocabulary and the concepts of each chapter; vocabulary
quizzes, followed by chapter quizzes, will gauge the student's grasp of
Midterms (after units 4, 8, 11):
30% (10% each)
These exams reflect the vocabulary, grammatical
concepts, cultural issues and literary passages that were addressed in
groups of chapters, and are designed to aid the student in determining
what components he or she has grasped successfully.
This exam, administered on Wednesday,
December 16 (9 am) as determined by the Registrar,
is comprehensive and gauges how well the student has grasped the basics
of the Latin language and Roman culture.
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. Homework assignments will include
posting to the chatroom one or more sentences, translations, and any grammatical
notes you choose.
Class participation is an essential aspect
of this course, especially because it is an intensive course that meets
four 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
Note: Absence from
any quiz or exam without a written medical excuse will result in a grade
of F for that assignment.
The class will meet regularly MW 10:10-11:05 and TTh 10:05-11:00.
In addition, there are the two 20-minute lessons (partes) on TTh
from 9:40-10:00. The Tuesday 20-minute pars will focus on review
of basic skills - practicing vocabulary, grammar, etc. - and the Thursday
pars on furthering your reading skills. You are encouraged
to attend both partes but must attend and participate in
one per week.
Each unit in M&F contains vocabulary (.V) and reading (.R) sections.
The links below are to audio files of these two sections for each unit
and one opening file.
Catullus 101: Latin;
of Latin Poetry (Prof. Walt Stevenson, Univ. of Richmond)
M&F CHAPTER 1
Meter (Prof. Dan Curley, Skidmore)
(Prof. Curley, Skidmore)
(Prof. Robert Sonkowsky, Univ. of Minnesota)
(Prof. Curley, Skidmore)
This program will help you practice the forms
and meanings of Latin vocabulary. You may use any of the following login
usernames and passwords:
here to enter LatinDrill
Username and password are case sensistive.
& Short Latin-English Dictionary (Perseus)
any form of a Latin word (Perseus)
Grammar and Vocabulary Helps
& Greenough's Latin Grammar
Declension Ablative Singulars in -i-
Humanist and his Writing" (W. Harris, emeritus, Middlebury College)
(on texts, authors, grammar, etc.)
of Eminent Persons of Antiquity
Each daily homework assignment will require
the student to post the answer to one problem, sentence or portion of a
passage in an electronic chatroom. You will receive the assignment of your
passage during class; you must provide your response electronically by
9pm the same evening.
here to enter the Latin Chatroom (old chatroom)
here to enter the New and Improved Latin Chatroom (for chapter 2 and beyond)