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COURSE NAME: "Directed Readings in Latin"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2018

INSTRUCTOR: Thomas Govero
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 1:30-2:45 PM
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: LAT 102 or permission of the instructor

This course is designed to offer the opportunity to read texts in the original to students with a basic level of Latin language preparation. The level of readings may range from intermediate to advanced. Language levels will be determined at the beginning of the course, and students will be arranged in suitable reading groups. Texts appropriate to each group’s level will be chosen by the professor and the individual students. Texts will vary, but advanced students may choose from among annotated editions of Cicero, Caesar, Catullus, Virgil, Ovid, and Livy. All groups will work independently and in weekly reading groups with the professor, when issues of language, grammar, and literary technique will be discussed.


. Weeks  1 -4:  Intensive review of Latin grammar and syntax, and especially irregular forms.

   based on readings of  and analysis of  The Attic Nights of Aulus Gellius;  writing exercises

   in Latin composition will be instrumental in this review.

   Weeks  5 - 11:  Reading, translation and analysis (concepts and style) of Sallust, Bellum


    Weeks 12 - 14:  Selections from Latin poetry and especially Catullus and Martial.



.  Increased mastery of Latin grammar, syntax and vocabulary - increase in active knowledge

   and use of vocabulary.

.  Ability to read intermediate-advanced Latin prose and poetry texts accurately and with

   improved comprehension.

.  Knowledge and understanding of the political and historical movements at Cicero's time

   (mid-first century BCE) and the events of the demise of the Roman Republic.

.  Introductory ability to read Latin poetry (meters, topics, poetic figures etc.),

   and especially the poetry of Catullus and Martial.


Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
The Attic Nights of Aulus Gellius, An Intermediate Reader and Grammar ReviewAulus GelliusUniversity of Oklahoma Press978-0-80613993-7 Almost Cornere
Bellum CatalinaeSallustOxford Univ. Press978-0195320859 Almost Corner

Accurate translations of texts with commentary 60%
Four quizzes and exams (others may be scheduled) 10% each X 4 = 40% =

AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.


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SessionSession FocusReading AssignmentOther AssignmentMeeting Place/Exam Dates
Monday, Sept. 3Introductory Class: Review of syllabus, goals and expectations for the course, evaluation; historical and political background for reading the text: demise of the Roman Repulic, 133 - 27 BCE. Important events, political and literary figures. Background for reading Aulus Gellius.Aulus Gellius, chapter 1: Grammar and Reading  
Wednesday, Sept 3Review of Chapter 1, translation of selection. Prepare Chapter 3: write out the translation of the Latin selection  
Monday, Sept. 10Review of Translation. Vocabulary study. Grammar analysis and review.Prepare Chapter 3: Write out he translation of the sentences on page 12.  
Wednesday, Sept 12Vocabulary study. Review translations. Grammar review.Write out translation of selection on page 13.  
Monday, Sept. 17Review of translation. Grammar and vocabulary study.Translate sentences on page 16  
Wednesday, Sept. 19Review translations. Grammar study.Write out translation page 18. Be prepared to hand-in the translation  
Monday, Sept. 17Review of translation, page 18 Vocabulary study. Make-up five sentences in Latin using the subjunctive. Due: Monday, Sept. 24 
Wednesday, Sept. 26Review of vocabulary and grammar in chapter VTranslate and write-out the sentences on pp. 21, 22  
Friday, Sept. 21Review of sentences on pp. 21, 22; Translate selection on p. 23   
Monday, Sept. 24Review of compositions: five sentences. Catch-up sessionReview grammar of Chapter VI and translate the sentences on page. 26  
Wednesday, Sept. 26Review translated sentences. Begin translation of selection on p. 27   
Monday, Oct. 1Terminate translation of selection on page 27; Vocabulary study, page 32Review grammar of chapter VII; translate and write out sentences on page 30  
Wednesday, Oct. 3Review translated senteces; review grammar, Translate selection on page 31Review ablative absolute constructions on page 102 and new grammar, page 33 Translate and write out sentences on page 34  
Monday, Oct. 8Review of sentences translated; vocabulary study on page 37Prepare to translate selection on page 35  
Wednesday, Oct. 10Translation of selection on page 35Review grammar on page 38. Write out translation of sentences on page 39Compose 5 sentences in Latin using the gerundive. Due: Monday, October 15 
Monday, Oct. 15Review of five sentences Grammar and vocabulary study, Chapter IXReview selection on page 40  
Wednesday, Oct. 17Review translation of selection on page 40 Grammar and vocabulary study, pages. 42 - 49Prepare translation of selection on pp. 45- 47: Group A: first two paragraphs, Group B third paragraph. Fourth paragraph - all together Prepare translation of selection on page 52  
Monday, Oct. 22Review of selection on p, 52Prepare translation of selection on page 57: Group A, First paragraph Group B, paragraphs 2 & 3  
Wednesday, Oct 24Review of translation on page 57 Grammar and vocabulary study, chapter XVTranslate and write out selection on page 65  
Monday, Oct. 29Review of translation. Sight reading of selection on page 68 Grammar and vocabulary study pp. 70, 71, 75Translate and write out the sentences: Grp. A: 1 -6; Grp B: 7 - 12  
Wednesday, Oct. 31Review of sentences, translation of selection on page 73 - 74Introduction to the Bellum Catalinae  
Monday, November 5 - Wednesday, December 5Reading, translation, analysis and discussion of Sallust, Bellum Catalinae as emblematic of the demise of the Roman Republic. Additional readings from Cicero, Letters. Short, final essay on the Bellum Catalinae and the demise of the Roman Republic 
To Be announcedFinal ExamFormat to be announced To Be Announced