The Pantheon (ca. A.D. 125), Rome


Section 1:  M 10:10-11:05; TuTh 9:40-11:00
Section 2:  M 4:00-4:55; TuTh 3:40-5:00

Instructor: Christopher Welser (
Ladd 209 x5462

Office Hours W 10:00-11:30; Th 1:30-3:00

"Haec studia adulescentiam alunt, senectutem oblectant, res secundas ornant,
adversis perfugium ac solacium praebent , delectant domi, non impediunt foris,
pernoctant nobiscum, peregrinantur, rusticantur.”
Pro Archia 7.16 (62 B.C.)


For over 2,000 years, the Latin language has been one of the defining elements of Western Civilization. Although the last two centuries have seen a decline in the common use of Latin, its influence remains pervasive, and a basic grasp of this language is still essential for serious study in most areas of the humanities. In particular, knowledge of Latin opens the door to some of the most extraordinary literature ever written and to the story of one of the world's most fascinating and influential civilzations -- Rome. Learning Latin is also an excellent way to gain a deeper understanding of the principles that underlie all Indo-European languages, so it's a good preparation for further language learning and will almost certainly make any student a better writer and speaker. And, as if all this weren't enough, Latin is a beautiful and elegant language...which makes it one heck of a lot of fun to learn!