will begin the semester with an overview of the course and then
prepare to read Caesar's excursion into Britain. Our preparation
will include dealing with the last major forms of Latin - some verbal
tenses, participles, the 4th and 5th declension of nouns, the subjunctive
mood and relative pronouns - in order to acquire the foundation
to read Caesar's text.
these introductory sessions, the weeks will unfold with a regular
an introduction to any new linguistic forms, and a review of
other forms we have learned, in preparation for the week's readings
applying Monday's lessons to reading Caesar's commentaries
continuing our reading of Caesar's text
will occur with some regularity, either on Tuesdays or Thursdays.
Typically, the quizzes will review the new linguistic concepts introduced
will address cultural matters - on Britain in the "Late Pre-Roman
Iron Age," on Caesar's career, on the army, on events in Rome
during Caesar's lifetime, and on the cultural makeup of the Roman
and British worlds in the 1st century BCE - as they seem relevant
to our readings.