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CL210 Intermediate Latin:
Julius Caesar's Gallic War

M 10.10-11.05 TuTh 9.40-11.00

Prof. Michael Arnush Ladd 209 x5462
marnush@skidmore.edu Office hours 11-12


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Classics Department
Skidmore College

OVERVIEW

In this course you will refine your mastery of Latin grammar, syntax and vocabulary by reading excerpts from the commentaries of Julius Caesar. Written in the 50's BCE as observations on Caesar's own campaigns against the people of Gaul and Britain, the Commentarii provide opportunities to explore the nature of historical prose, life in the army and the land of the Britons, the end of the Roman res publica, and the types of people Caesar conquered.

GOALS: LINGUISTIC
  • to read continuous Latin prose with confidence
  • to learn Latin grammar and sentence structure at an intermediate level
  • to acquire a substantial vocabulary
GOALS: CULTURAL
  • to understand the genre of prose commentary as crafted by Caesar
  • to grasp the essential details of Caesar's life and his campaigns in Britain
  • to perceive through Caesar's eyes Roman conceptions of Britain and the British peoples
GOALS: EDUCATIONAL
  • to participate regularly in classroom activities
  • to present orally and lead class discussions
  • to demonstrate successful completion of the above linguistic and cultural goals on written quizzes and exams