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COURSE NAME: "Elementary Latin II"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2020

INSTRUCTOR: Danica Pusic
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 1:30-2:50 PM
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: LAT 101 or permission of the instructor

This course provides continued study of accidences and syntax, treating all tenses of the verb in the subjunctive, indirect discourse, paraphrastic constructions and deponents. Vocabulary development is continued through intensive reading of selections of Latin prose. Students are also introduced to verse forms and the study of inscriptions. Assignments focus on translation from English to Latin and Latin to English.
This course is an intensive introduction to learning the Latin language as such. This is NOT an historical survey course or a language in translation course!!!

While a brief review of both English and Latin grammar is foreseen, students must have a comprehension of said grammar appropriate to an undergraduate university level, particularly with regard to Latin including:

1) Good knowledge of all 5 declensions of nouns
2) Good knowledge of both family groups of adjectives (those of 1st and 2nd declensions and those of 3rd declension)
3) Good knowledge of all 4 verb declensions and at least 3 irregular verbs (esse; posseire) in all 6 tenses in indicative and imperative moods, active voice
4) Basic vocabulary of at least 100 words

By the end of the course students will have learned:

1) all pronouns
2) all six verb tenses in the indicative mood passive voice, subjunctive mood in both active and passive voices, and deponent verbs

Latin like other languages is made of words (lexicon) and structure (syntax) or how the words are put together and arranged. In other words Latin is an inflected language (word endings) unlike English that is based on word order. Therefore, the study of Latin will be useful both as an introduction to another form of language structure as well as a preparation for modern languages that use similar structures (e.g. German, Greek, Russian). 

Readings will allow you to practice Latin narrative structure, i.e. how the words fall into phrases and sentences, and how paragraphys are built. Students will translate both from Latin into English and from English into Latin.

LAT 102 will allow you to move to a 200+ level course at John Cabot University or another institution.
At the end of the course, you should be able to read simple narratives in Latin, have learned many English (Italian, Spanish, French) cognates, recognize the Latin origins of frequent abbreviations in Latin, and be knowledgeable in the outlines of the history, social life and developments of the Roman world. Most importantly, the student will be thoroughly confident throughout one's whole life when confronted by Latin with the indispensible aid of a Latin lexicon (i.e. dictionary). A good Latin dictionary (there are few) is necessary for this course (consult the required reading and textbook section).
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberCommentsFormatLocal BookstoreOnline Purchase
Latin Via Ovid: A First CourseN. Goldman and J. NyenhuisWayne State Univ. Pr.978-0814317327     
Elementary Latin Dictionary Abridged EditionCharlton T. LewisOxford University Press978-0199102051     
Civis Romanus: A Reader for the First Two Years of LatinCobban and ColebournBolchazy-Carducci Publishers978-0865165694     

Preparation and in-class review of exercises, participation and attendance 20%
Frequent quizzes 30%
Midterm exam 20%
Final exam 30%

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.

Class attendance is essential to a meaningful comprehension of material. No points will be added or deducted from course grade for absences, but it remains in the students' interests to be present in order to learn the language.
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.


Lesson      Focus                                       Assigment


1          Introduction                                     Civis Romanus 22



2          Civis Romanus 23                             C. XIX: 159-163 (reading)



3          C. XIX: 159-163 (review)                 Exercises: pp. 163-165



4          Quiz                                                 C. XX: pp.167-172 (translation)

            Exercises (correction)


5          C. XX: pp.167-172 (review)               C. XXI: pp. 181-186 (translation)

             Exercises: pp. 172-174


6          C. XXI: pp. 181-186 (review)               C. XXII: pp. 191-197 (translation)

            Exercises: pp. 186-187


7          C. XXII: pp. 191-197 (review)                Exercises: pp. 198-199



8          Quiz                                                        C. XXIII: pp. 211-217 (translation)

             Exercises (correction)


9          C. XXIII: pp. 211-217 (review)               C. XXIV: pp. 221-226 (translation)

                        Exercises: pp. 226-229


10          C. XXIV: pp. 221-226 (review)              C. XXV: 231-236 (translation)

              Exercises: pp. 226-228


11          C. XXV: 231-236 (review)                      C. XXVI: 241-246 (translation)

              Exercises: 236-238


12          C. XXVI: 241-246 (review)                      Exercises: 247-249

               Interim reading I:  177-179  


13          General Review: XIX-XXVI                      Interim reading II:  203-207  

              Exercises (correction)


14          MIDTERM EXAM                                C. XXVII: 257-262 (translation)  


15          C. XXVII: 257-262 (review)                      Exercises: 263-264

              Civis Romanus


16          Quiz                                                          C. XXVIII: 267-272 (translation)

      Exercises (correction)


17          C. XXVIII: 267-272 (review)                     C. XXIX:  277-283 (translation)

                  Exercises: 272-273


18          C. XXIX:  277-283 (review)                       C. XXX: 287-293 (translation)


                Exercises: 283-285

19          C. XXX: 287-293 (review)                        C. XXXI: 305-311 (translation)            


20          C. XXXI: 305-311 (review)                       Exercises: 311-312

              Civis Romanus

21          Quiz                                                         C. XXXII: 315-318 (translation)

              Exercises (correction)


22          C. XXXII: 315-318 (review)                    Exercises: 321-323


23          Exercises: 321-323 (review)                     Interim reading III: 251-252

              Civis Romanus


24          Drill on the subjunctive                             Interim reading IV: 297-300

              Exercises (correction)


25          Drill on the principal parts of verbs           Civis Romanus

              Civis Romanus  (correction)


26          Civis Romanus                                         Civis Romanus                   

              Civis Romanus  (correction)


27          General Review 1                                    Civis Romanus

               Civis Romanus  (correction)                 


28          General Review 2                                    Civis Romanus

               Civis Romanus (correction)


29          FINAL EXAM