LAT f311 • Second Year Latin I: Selected Roman Writers
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Latin 311 introduces the intermediate Latin student to one of the masters of Latin prose--Cicero. First and foremost, this course will focus on solidifying students' knowledge of Latin morphology and syntax through intensive review of grammar and forms combined with the close reading of Ciceronian Latin. We will also begin to consider issues of interpretation through discussion of Cicero's rhetoric. During the term, we will read in their entirety two of Cicero's justly famous speeches attacking Catiline as a traitor to Rome. In addition, students will read UT alumnus Steven Saylor's modern treatment of the events in his novel, Catilina's Riddle. We will begin the term with relatively brief assignments of 10-15 lines/class, progressing to 25+ lines by the end of the term. Class meetings will consist of translation of the assigned readings; discussion of morphology and syntax in that reading; and review of Latin syntactical constructions (e.g cum clauses; purpose clauses) as needed. Students registered for Latin f311 must have earned at least a C in Latin 507, 508, or 506Q (or the equivalent in a placement exam). If it has been more than one semester since you last took a Latin course, you should plan to review the morphology and syntax covered in the first year sequence BEFORE the class begins. Be forewarned: this will be a challenging course. Students should be prepared to spend at least 2-3 hours/night on class preparation, review, etc. This number may be significantly higher if your preparation is weak; if you struggled in Latin 506-507; or if it has been several semesters since you last studied Latin. The course will also, I hope, be engaging and will prepare you well for Latin 312.