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

Amy K. Lather

Assistant Instructor

Contact

  • Office: WAG 207
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2-3:30
  • Campus Mail Code: C3400

LAT 506 • First-Year Latin I

33995 • Spring 2014
Meets MTWTHF 100pm-200pm WAG 10
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This course is an introduction to Latin, the language of ancient Rome and famous writers like Caesar, Cicero, Vergil, and St. Augustine. Latin is also an excellent way to improve your command of other languages: Latin is the source of over 60% of English vocabulary, and also the ancestor of all the “Romance” languages of Europe, including French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Latin 506 introduces basic grammar and vocabulary in an interesting and challenging format, through reading selections from a wide range of Roman authors and exploring aspects of Roman life and culture.  By the end of the semester, students are reading excerpts from famous works and ready to continue into Latin 507.

The course covers chapters 1-27 of Wheelock’s Latin and also selected readings from 38 Latin Stories. There will be daily assignments, regular quizzes, midterm tests, and a final exam.

Prerequisites: None. Note: This course may not be counted by students offering two or more admission units or any previous college credit in Latin.  

Latin 506 may be counted as partially fulfilling the foreign language requirement, or the General Culture requirement, or as an elective. 

Requirements: Class participation, homework, quizzes, midterm tests, and  a final exam.

Students earning a C or better may advance to Latin 507: First-Year Latin II, where they will read selections from Caesar and other authors. 

 

Texts:

Wheelock, Wheelock's Latin (Harper 6h edition)

Groton & May, 38 Latin Stories (Bolchazy)

Corneau & LeFleur, Workbook to Wheelock's Latin (Harper) optional

Goldman & Szymanski, English Grammar for Students of Latin (Olivia & Hill) (optional)

GK 506 • First-Year Greek I

33480 • Fall 2013
Meets MTWTHF 100pm-200pm WAG 10
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This course is an introduction to reading ancient Greek - the language of some of the world’s oldest and best loved writings, including Homer, Herodotus, Plato, and the New Testament. We will cover enough basic grammar and vocabulary for you to begin reading short passages from a wide range of ancient Greek writers.

Greek 506 is the first half of a two-semester sequence that continues with Greek 507 and prepares students to advance to Intermediate Greek (GK 311 and 312), where students read selected works by authors like Plato and Homer.

Grades will be based on participation, homework, weekly quizzes, and four tests (three midterms and a final).

LAT 506 • First-Year Latin I

33395 • Fall 2012
Meets MTWTHF 1100am-1200pm GAR 2.128
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This course is the first half of a two-semester introduction to the basic forms, syntax, and vocabulary of Latin, the language of ancient Rome. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to reproduce paradigms of most Latin noun, adjective, and verb forms; to parse and explain the function of Latin words in context; to demonstrate command of basic Latin syntax and vocabulary; to use standard pronunciation of Latin; and to translate accurately from Latin into English. Translating sentences and passages from ancient writers also introduces students to fundamental features of Roman culture.

 

Class time will be devoted to the introduction of new material, reviewing assigned homework, and practice exercises.  Students should expect daily homework assignments and regular quizzes, both announced and unannounced.  Final grades will be determined by attendance and class participation; quizzes; three midterm exams; and a comprehensive final exam. 

 

Latin 506 partially fulfills the foreign language requirement. A grade of C or higher is required to advance to Latin 507.

 

Latin 506 has no prerequisites; no prior knowledge of Latin is assumed. Latin 506 may not be counted by students offering two or more admission units or any previous college credit in Latin. Students with prior work in Latin should consult the undergraduate adviser to ensure correct placement.

 

Textbooks

Wheelock, Wheelock’s Latin, 7th ed. (Harper Collins, 2011).  ISBN 978-0-06-199722-8

English and Irby, A Little Latin Reader, 1st ed. (Oxford: OUP, 2012).  ISBN 978-0-19-984622-1

Groton, Thirty-Eight Latin Stories, 5th ed. (Bolchazy-Carducci 1995).  ISBN 978-0-86516-289-1

Comeau and LaFleur, Workbook for Wheelock’s Latin, 3rd ed. Rev. (Harper Collins, 2005).  ISBN

0-006-095642-9

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