Introduction to Latin Prose
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Contents of this syllabus:
--Meeting Place and Time
--Important Electronic Addresses
--Assignments and Grading
--Important Course Policies
--Tentative Course Schedule
Instructor: William Hutton
Office: Morton 326
Office hours: MWF 11-12 a.m. and by appointment.
Time and place of Class: MWF 2-2:50, Morton 343
Important Electronic Addresses:
Class web page:http://www.wm.edu/CAS/classical_studies/wehutt/latin.html
Class e-mail list: WMLATIN-L@listserv.cc.wm.edu
Dale Grote's Study Guide to Wheelock's Latin:
Instructor's e-mail address:firstname.lastname@example.org
After a thorough review of all the basic Latin youve forgotten over the summer, we will begin reading unadulterated selections of Latin prose. We will focus on two related genres of literature in which the Romans made positive advances over their Greek predecessors: Biography and the (autobiographical) Literary Epistle. The major texts read will be Cornelius Nepos biography of the Greek statesman and playboy Alcibiades, Suetonius biography of the ever-popular emperor Caligula, and selected Letters by Pliny the Younger. We will build your vocabulary, exercise your grasp of grammar and increase the speed and confidence with which you read Latin. At the same time we will also encounter elements of Roman history and culture of both the Republic and the Empire and discuss issues that are of importance in understanding biographical literature from any time and place.
F.M. Wheelock, Wheelock's Latin, Revised by R.A. LaFleur, ed. FIFTH EDITION, HarperCollins, 1995..
B. Roebuck, ed., Cornelius Nepos, Three Lives. Bolchazy-Carducci, 1958.
B. Vine, ed. Suetonius: The Life of Caligula. CANE, 1991.
Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars. Robert Graves, tr. Penguin, 1957.
A. Sherwin-White, ed. Fifty Letters of Pliny. Oxford UP, 1969.
Assignments and Grading:
Your grade will be calculated as follows:
Class participation: 15%
Short report 5%
Review exam: 15%
Midterm exam: 25%
Final exam: 35%
NOTE: Your grade will be calculated on a strictly numerical basis and converted to letter grades on the following scale: 93-100 = A; 89-92 = A-; 85-88=B+; 81-84 = B; 77-80 = B-; 74-76 = C+; 71-73 = C; 68-70 = C-; 64-67 = D+; 60-63 = D; 55-59= D-; Below 55 = F.
Explanation of Grade Components:
Class participation: Includes attendance, preparation, promptness, minor assignments and in-class exercises. Your grade for class participation will be adversely affected by the following (this is not an exhaustive list): Missing class without a very good reason (see important note on attendance below), frequent tardiness, obvious lack of preparation not participating in discussions, sleeping in class (particularly if you snore), eating noisy food in class, being inconsiderate or disrespectful to other members..
Attendance: Since language is a communal activity, everyone has something to add to this class. For this reason, attendance is required One percentage point will be subtracted from your grade for each unexcused absence (reasons for your absence must be discussed with me no later than 48 hours after your absence for it to be considered excused). If you miss more than FIVE unexcused absences, YOU WILL FAIL THE COURSE. Arriving more than 10 minutes late for any class will be considered an absence.
Short Report: Ideally this will be a brief (absolutely no more than 5 minutes!!) oral report on a topic pertinent to the class, and agreed upon with me in advance. A list of suggested topics will be distributed early in the semster. Since time is limited, the times in which talks will be scheduled will be strictly controlled. If it is impossible to schedule your oral report at an appropriate time, the assignment will transform into an brief research paper (with footnotes, sources and all that nasty stuff), so get your talk scheduled early!!
Quizzes: Five quizzes, ten to fifteen minutes duration, are scheduled in the course of the semester. Any unscheduled (aka "pop") quizzes given will be figured into you "class participation" grade, rather than into your quiz grade.
Review Exam: An exam testing grammar, vocabulary and reading ability, scheduled after the review of Wheelock.
Midterm Exam and Final Exam: May include grammar and vocabulary exercises and questions about the content of the Latin texts you have read, but they will mainly focus on translation from the texts covered in class and from unseen texts by the same author or by another author whose style or subject matter is similar.
Important Course Policies:
No late assignments will be accepted. No make-ups will be given for the quizzes under any circumstances (note that you can drop two of the quiz scores). Make-ups for the review and midterm exams will be granted only under dire and verifiable circumstances. Special arrangements for the final exam, if necessary, will have to be arranged through the College. I have no authority to make such arrangements.
TENTATIVE CLASS SCHEDULE: There is some wiggle room here, but the following things will remain constant: 1) Quizzes WILL occur as scheduled below; 2) The REVIEW EXAM and MIDTERM EXAM will occur as scheduled below; 3) The FINAL EXAM will occur as scheduled by the College.
Aug 25 Introduction, pronunciation, etc.
Aug 27 Wheelock 1-10 Vocab. Noun forms
Aug 30 Wheelock 11-14 Vocab: Active Verb Forms
Sept 1 Wheelock 15-17: Pronouns
Sept 3 Wheelock 18-22: Passive Verb Forms
Sept 6 Wheelock 23-27: Participles
Sept 8 Wheelock 28-30: Subjunctives
Sept 10 Wheelock 31-32: QUIZ 1
Sept 13 Wheelock 33-35 Conditionals
Sept 15 Wheelock 36-38 Irregular Verbs
Sept 17 Wheelock 39-40 Gerunds and Gerundives
Sept 20 REVIEW EXAM
Sept 22 NEPOS: Alcibiades, Chapter I
Sept 24 Alcibiades II-III
Sept 27 Alcibiades IV
Sept 29 Alcibiades V
Oct 1 Alcibiades V; QUIZ 2
Oct 4 Alcibiades VI
Oct 6 Alcibiades IX (yes, were skipping VII and VIII)
Oct 8 Alcibiades X
Oct 11 FALL BREAK; no class
Oct 13 Alcibiades X
Oct 15. QUIZ 3; Suetonius intro
Oct 18 Caligula, Ch. 11 & 22; 1-22 in English
Oct 20 Caligula 25-26; 23-26 in English
Oct 22 Caligula 27, 30 and 32; 27-32 in English
Oct 25 Caligula 33, 42, 49; 33-49 in English
Oct 27 Caligula 50-52; 50-53 in English
Oct 29 Caligula 54-55, 58 and 60; 54-60 in English
Nov 1 MIDTERM EXAM.
Nov 3 I, Claudius day. Introduction to Pliny
Nov 5 Plinys Letters (TBA)
Nov 8 Pliny
Nov 10 Pliny
Nov 12 Pliny; QUIZ 4
Nov 15 Pliny
Nov 17 Pliny
Nov 19 Pliny
Nov 22 Pliny
Nov 24-26 THANKSGIVING: NO CLASS
Nov 29 Pliny; QUIZ 5
Dec 1 Selections from Ciceros Letters
Dec 3 Autobiography in poetry; Mopping up.
FINAL EXAM: Thursday, December 14; 2:00 p.m.
Just a few possible Short Report topics. Ive got a million of
em if these dont appeal.
Romulus and Remus
Plebeians and Patricians
Patronage and Clientela
The Fall of the Republic
Cicero, or Ciceros autobiographical writings
Catullus (& Nepos)
One of Suetonius biographies aside from Caligula
Comparison of Nepos Alcibiades with Plutarchs
The Biographies of Sallust (Catilina or Jugurtha)
Roman weddings and/or marriages
Roman slavery and/or Freedmen
The Roman legion
The Punic Wars
The Death of Lucretia
Roman republican Government
Optimates and Populares
Roman Equestrian Class (Equites)