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CL110 Elementary Latin
MW 10.10-11.05 TuTh 9.40-11.00

Prof. Michael Arnush Ladd 209 x5462
marnush@skidmore.edu Hours: TuW 11.00
Web Resources
Classics Department
Skidmore College

Participation. Class participation is an essential aspect of this course and consists of getting to class on time; participating in drills, games and discussions; and keeping pace with the rest of the class. Classroom work is a requirement, not an option. You may take 2 absences from the classroom during the semester without penalty -- no questions asked, no explanation necessary. After two absences, each absence will lower the class participation component of your grade by one full grade (i.e., 2% of your final grade).

Part of our class participation includes discussing cultural aspects of ancient Rome. Each week we will examine some element of Roman culture - for example, religion, gladiatorial games, names, slavery, etc. (using both the The Penguin Historial Atlas of Ancient Rome and the Social and Cultural Studies section of the Web Resources page). Every third week the two Latin classis will gather for a certamen, a competition that will test each class' knowledge of Roman culture and the Latin language. The classes will prepare the questions in advance, drawing upon all of the material you've learned so far, and will compete for points. At the end of the semester, we will hold a certamen summum and, at the end, award prizes to the prima classis and the secunda classis.

Homework. For virtually every class you will have to prepare homework, answering questions in the textbook; writing a translation of phrases, sentences or passages, etc. In order to receive full credit, you must complete all of the assignments fully and hand them in during class; the homework will be graded for effort, not accuracy. You must type assignments to be handed in (handwritten assignments will not be accepted), including both the original homework phrase or sentence, and then your translation on separate lines. Leave space after each problem so that you may write in corrections when we go over the sentences in class. I will accept homework up to 1 day late, for a penalty of one letter grade.
Quizzes. There will be one short vocabulary quiz at the beginning of each chapter and one longer quiz at the end of the chapter. After each quiz, you will have the option of correcting your errors for half credit. I will drop the lowest grade among the quizzes.
40%   Exams: midterms and final

Midterms: 20%, 10% each. There will be two midterms, one in early October, the other in mid-November (dates to be announced one week in advance). The first will cover material since the beginning of the semester, the second will focus on the material since the first midterm. However, since language learning is a cumulative experience, the second midterm will build on your total knowledge of Latin.
Final: 20%. The final, scheduled by the Registrar, will take place on Tuesday, December 16th, from 9am to 12pm. The final is a comprehensive review of vocabulary, grammar, culture, and review & sight translations from all material covered over the semester.
    Note: Absence from any quiz or exam without a written medical excuse will result in a grade of F for that assignment.
As you hone your skills as a reader of Latin you will develop your own perspectives, methodologies and solutions to some of the vexing questions that the study of language, literature and culture raises. It is absolutely essential that you take credit for your own work, and give credit to others when you draw upon their ideas and words.

Accordingly, plagiarism and cheating of all sorts will not be tolerated in this course and are grounds for an "F". Be sure to read carefully the Academic Integrity and Ethics of Scholarship webpages.

All members of the College community are bound by Skidmore's Honor Code, included here:

"I hereby accept membership in the Skidmore College Community and, with full realization of the responsibilities inherent in membership, do agree to adhere to honesty and integrity in all relationships, to be considerate of the rights of others, and to abide by the college regulations."