An introduction to the reading of classical Latin prose, the course will include a review of Latin grammar and syntax. Students will read selections from the letters of Seneca the Younger and Pliny the Younger. Seneca, a distinguished philosopher and statesman of the Neronian period, uses his experiences in contemporary Rome as texts from which to derive simple philosophical messages. Pliny recounts events from the life of an Italian aristocrat of the first century CE, including an eyewitness account of the eruption of Vesuvius. The course will begin slowly, with the aim of gradually acclimatizing students to the rhythms and stylistic and syntactical patterns of Latin prose. The emphasis will be on understanding and translating the Latin, but we will consider the social and cultural background to the texts we read.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARHA)(CCIV)(CLAS)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Seneca the Younger, MORAL EPISTLES (selections)
Pliny the Younger, EPISTLES (selections)
|Examination and Assignments: |
Preparation of daily assignments in Latin; one short exam early in the semester, a mid-term and a final (the last two evenly weighted); two short papers (approximately three to five pages) on topics to be assigned.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is intended for students who have had one year of college Latin or the equivalent (normally three to four years of high school Latin--in doubtful cases consult the instructor).
|Instructor(s): Ward,Allen Mason Times: ..T.R.. 01:20PM-02:40PM; Location: ALLB113; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 12||SR major: 1||JR major: 1|| || |
|Seats Available: 5||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 1||JR non-major: 1||SO: 4||FR: 4|