Philip Freeman (department head)
Knowledge of Latin opens the way not only to the large and influential body of Roman literature but also to a continuing tradition of Latin literature that extends through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and into the modern era. Coursework in Latin provides invaluable background for the study of law, theology, medieval literature and history, Romance languages and literatures, linguistics, English literature, art, music, and the development of Christianity.
The first course of a two-semester sequence emphasizing the basic grammar, vocabulary, and syntax of Latin.
The second course of a two-semester sequence which continues the study of ancient Latin grammar, vocabulary, and syntax. Passages are drawn from a variety of Latin works.
A review of Latin grammar, vocabulary, and syntax, followed by readings from a variety of authors and works.
Fourth-semester readings from one or more Latin authors or works, such as Cicero, Catullus, Virgil, and Medieval Latin.
Prose readings chosen from a single Latin author or from a variety of authors within a particular genre. Authors and works may include Cicero, Livy, Tacitus, early Christian literature, Medieval Latin orothers. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
Poetry readings chosen from a single Latin author or form a variety of authors within a particular genre. Authors and works may include Virgil, Horace, Ovid, or others. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.