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Latin was originally an ancient Italian dialect. Common to Latium, the area around Rome, it superseded other dialects as the Romans conquered the peninsula.

Similarly, as the Romans established an empire throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa, their language and culture spread even farther.

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Lying at the heart of Western tradition, Latin is the foundation of Italian, Spanish, French, and the other Romance languages, and has influenced greatly the development of English.

   

 
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The specific goals for this course are as follows:

  • to learn basic Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary;
  • to understand the composition and style of Latin prose;and
  • to gain access to the historical and cultural contexts in which the language flourished.

Furthermore, students will acquire universal skills of analysis and critical thinking, and will communicate these skills both in class and in written exercises.

   
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