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Overview.
 

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 Common to Latium, the area around Rome, it superseded other dialects as the Romans conquered the peninsula.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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Gaius Julius Caesar

In this course students continue their acquisition of Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary by reading the commentaries of Julius Caesar on his own campaigns against the people of Gaul.

We shall devote some time to discussing the nature of Caesar's writings, as well as the peoples he conquered - particularly the Druids, by whose mysterious ways Caesar was both fascinated and appalled.


Objectives.
 

The specific goals for this course are as follows:

  • to review intermediate Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary;
  • to understand the composition and style of Latin prose;
  • to understand the form, content, and scope of Caesar's writings;  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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