CL210 Intermediate Latin: Overview
M 10.10-11.15 TuTh 9.40-11, BO101

Prof. Michael Arnush Ladd 209 x5462
marnush@skidmore.edu Office hours: M 11.15-12.10 Th 1-2

Latin was originally an ancient Italian dialect. Common to Latium, the area around Rome (click on the map thumbnail), it superseded other dialects as the Romans conquered the peninsula.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.

Lying at the heart of Western tradition, Latin is the foundation of Italian, Spanish, French, and the other Romance languages, and has influenced greatly the development of English. Though ancient Latin is technically a dead language, thanks to the efforts of modern students, it lives on and offers lessons for the 21st century.

In this course, students will refine their mastery of Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. We will concentrate on two very different Latin texts, each with its take on life and how to live it: one, Cornelius Nepos' biography of Atticus, famous friend of Cicero and an exemplary Roman; two, the fables of Aesop, whose wry sketches of the animal world provided morals for his human readers.
Learning Goals  
Students of CL 110 will
  • review intermediate Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary;
  • understand the composition and style of Latin prose;
  • understand the form, content, and scope of Nepos' biography of Atticus and Aesop's fabulae;
  • gain access to the historical and cultural contexts in which Latin flourished; and,
  • develop critical reading and thinking skills through class discussion, tests, and written exercises.