LAT 323 • Latin Poetry and Prose: Junior Reading
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
This class offers a special opportunity to read a significant amount of Latin prose in a style that is praised for its clarity and swiftness of expression. The Gallic Wars will be our basic text. We shall examine how Caesar makes forced marches take but a minute, how he outlines his battle plans, his manner of reporting speeches or communications, what battles actually turn out to be, his characterization of the principals in his narrative. Interesting contrasts can be established with the styles of Cicero and Sallust in illustrative comparisons (class handouts). A feature of particular interest should be our reading of a Latin text from the American Colonial Period in which Julius Caesar's Latin idiom has been turned to tell of the campaigns of George Washington!
One mid-term examination (30%), class preparation and participation (20%), Latin model sentences test (15%), final examination (35%).
Ewan, ed. Caesar: De Bello Gallico (Focus)