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Lesley Dean-Jones, Chair 2210 Speedway, Mail Code C3400, Austin, TX 78712-1738 • 512-471-5742

Spring 2005

LAT 511K • Accelerated Second-Year Latin

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30115 MTWThF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
WAG 10

Course Description

This compression of Latins second year will find its location in two different universes made of words. The first is, or was, an educational constructthe Land of DECLAMATION, abode of Law, where the summum bonum, the basis of all geography and behavior was courtroom debating, that Grand Goal of the Roman Educational System. It was filled with avaricious pirates, vicious tyrants, hapless families, and the occasional typhoon. Its laws, civil and natural, were those of speeches for the prosecution and the defence, laws with, it would seem, only accidental resemblance to those found anywhere in the Real World. Its monuments are the arguments formed by the systems denizens and graduates to deal with such everyday occurrences as botched executions and mislaid limbs...that is, they were speeches dealing with imaginary cases in a ludic (and often loony) court. And this is the prose part. Declamations from the Golden Age of Pointless Contention, C I BCE. For poetry, we will draw from the greatest work of the greatest graduate of the System. Ovids Matamorphoses take place in another world altogther...a world filled with avaricious pirates, vicious tyrants, hapless families, and the occasional typhoon. Here, the feckless inhabitants often were forced to engage in the same sort of verbal contention. Medea talks herself into aiding Jason; Ulysses buries Ajax under conditional clauses. We will read in both areas: The stumbling sample Declamations uttered by Roman schoolboys, and the sonorous Suasoriae rung forth by Legends in their own time. Procedure The course will proceed by class translation, discussion, presentation, and examination.

Grading Policy

The course will proceed by class translation and discussion. Members will undergo: Three quizzes 30 % (10 % each) One long presentation 20 % Midterm 20 % Final Examination 30 %


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