LAT 324 • ADV LATIN GRAMMAR & COMPOSITN
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
This course is best taken after Latin Prose has been read at the LAT 311 and 312 levels (or 323). This is also invaluable for incoming Freshmen or others who have read Latin for four years or more, but with an emphasis chiefly on such poets as Catullus, Ovid, and Vergil. Latin Composition will not overwhelm you with vocabulary, so much as it will help you to review and to strengthen your ownership of the basic Latin verbs and nouns you have acquired at the lower levels of study. Simple sentences will be assigned for much of the course. This will allow students to concentrate on the grammatical principles of each lesson in the least complicated way possible. Eventually, by degrees, the class will work its way toward composing paragraphs. However, with the training in simple sentences, these paragraphs will be seen as nothing more than a number of straightforward sentences. The mysteries of Latin word order will be explained clearly: it is possible to strait-jacket Proteus! The idea of predictable formulas should appeal to many students who feel that Latin is completely ungovernable. In sum, this course is dedicated to strengthening the Latin of students who have read some Latin but feel they've been faking their way through their courses by being good in English. User-friendly!