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Latin 312: Intermediate Latin II

This course is a complement to Latin 311 and the final course in the beginning-intermediate Latin sequence. In Latin 312, students read selections from Cicero’s Catilinarian Orations. The aim of the class is to develop students’ Latin reading and comprehension skills through careful translation of assigned and unseen passages; to review the basic morphology and syntax learned in Latin 506 and Latin 507 while introducing students to new forms and syntax as they arise; to enhance students’ basic Latin vocabulary; and to introduce students to the literary and historical context of Cicero’s speeches.

Class time will be devoted to the translation of assigned Latin passages, ranging from 8-10 lines early in the semester to about 25 lines by the end of the semester. Students will be expected to identify and explain the morphology and syntax of the assigned Latin. There will also be regular class discussions of the historical context as well as rhetorical and literary features of Cicero’s speeches. Students should expect homework assignments for each class meeting as well as regular quizzes, both announced and unannounced. Final grades will be determined by attendance and in-class participation; quizzes; midterm exams; and a comprehensive final exam. A grade of C or higher is required to advance to Latin 322.

The completion of 311 with a grade of C or higher is a prerequisite for Latin 312. Latin 312 fulfills the foreign language requirement and may also be counted towards the General Culture requirement.

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