Assistant Instructor — M.A. in Classics, University of Texas at Austin
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LAT 506 • First-Year Latin I
MTWTHF 100pm-200pm WEL 3.402
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.
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)
LAT 506 • First-Year Latin I
MW 200pm-300pm RLM 5.118
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.
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