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

Summer 2005

LAT s312K • Second-Year Latin II: Vergil's Aeneid

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
83200 MTWThF
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
WAG 308
White, S

Course Description

Latin 312K introduces the intermediate Latin student to the complex and delightful text of one of Romes most famous epic poetsVergil. First and foremost, this course will focus on solidifying the students comprehension of Latin morphology and syntax. We will also begin to consider issues of interpretation through close and careful reading of specific passages. Finally, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of Latin metrics and taught to scan a line dactylic hexameter. This course will focus on Book 11 of the Aeneid. Book 11 has something for everyone: a funeral, battle scenes, a heroic female warrior, revenge, lamentation, and moral ambiguity. Assignments will range from approximately 15-20 lines of Latin early in the term to 40+ lines by the end. Some attention will also be paid to locating Vergils Aeneid in the context of Roman literary and cultural history. Students registered for Latin 312K must have earned at least a C in Latin 311 or Latin 312M (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 morphology and syntax BEFORE the class begins. Be forewarned: this will be a challenging course and all students should plan to spend at least 2-3 hours/night on class preparation, review, etc. This number may be significantly higher if your preparation is weak; or if it has been several semesters since you last studied Latin. The course will also, I hope, be engaging and satisfying, whether as the final Latin course of your college career or as preparation for taking an upper division Latin course.


Vergil. Fitzgerald, transl.  Aeneid (Random) Traupman, The New College Latin & English Dictionary (Bantam) Boyd (ed.), Vergil's Aeneid: Selections from Books 1, 2, 4, 6, 10, & 12


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