CLAS 1 Elementary Latin I
Introduction to vocabulary, forms, and grammar of classical Latin. Development of reading skills with supporting exercises in writing. No language laboratory.
CLAS 2 Elementary Latin II
The second in the Elementary Latin sequence, this course takes up where Elementary Latin I leaves off. A continuation of the grammar, basic vocabulary, with supporting exercises in writing, and morphology of Classical Latin.
CLAS 3 Elementary Latin III
Completion of Latin grammar. Introduction to reading Latin literature. (satisfies Core Curriculum Second Language requirement)
CLAS 101 Intermediate Latin
A course for students who have finished basic Latin grammar. Students will review Latin forms and syntax while reading prose and poetry of increasing complexity. Students will be prepared to enroll in Latin reading courses covering individual authors and genres.
CLAS 121 Caesar
Representative selections from the Comentarii on the Gallic War and/or the Bellum Civil War. Consideration of the adaptation of history to political ends.
CLAS 122 Catullus
Lyric poems, short epigrams, and longer mythological poems by the late Republican poet of personal love and sophisticated society.
CLAS 123 Roman Comedy
One or more plays by Plautus or Terence. Origins and nature of Roman comedy.
CLAS 124 Ovid
Selections from the major works, which include love poems, Amors; a handbook for amatory success, Ars Amatoria; and the epic compendium of mythology, the Metamorphoses.
CLAS 125 Cicero: Philosophical Works
Consideration of Cicero’s eclectic philosophy through a careful reading of one or more of his philosophical dialogues (e.g., De Amicitia, De Senectute, or The Dream of Scipio).
CLAS 126 Cicero: Oratory and Rhetoric
One or more exemplars of Cicero’s rhetorical style (e.g., Catilinarian Orations, Pro Archia) or rhetorical theory (e.g., De Oratore). Consideration of rhetorical form, figures, and topoi.
CLAS 127 Vergil: Aeneid
The epic poem on the effort of founding Rome and the cost of its greatness. Consideration of the traditional and innovative features of Vergil’s epic style and purpose. Attention to epic meter.
CLAS 131 Vergil: Eclogues and Georgics
Vergil’s earlier works: pastoral poems set in an idealized landscape and the didactic poem on the agriculture and countryside of his native Italy.
CLAS 132 Horace
Selections from the odes and epodes. Attention to the adaptation of Greek lyric forms and rhythms to the Latin language.
CLAS 133 Livy
Selections from the Ab Urbe Condita - the history of Rome from its semimythical founding through monarchy, early Republic, and Punic Wars.
CLAS 134 Roman Satire
Representative selections from among the works of Horace, Juvenal, and others. Origins and development of the satiric mode in Latin literature.
CLAS 135 Medieval Latin
Major works of prose and poetry from the fourth century to the Renaissance. St. Augustine’s Confessions; the histories of Gregory of Tours, Bede, and Einhard; Latin fables; popular songs such as the Carmina Burana; and the humanistic writings of Dante and Petrarch.
CLAS 137 Latin Special Topics: Poetry
Occasional courses in selected authors or genres for advanced students. Possible topics: Lucretius or elegy in poetry.
CLAS 138 Latin Special Topics: Prose
Occasional courses in selected authors or genres for advanced students. Cicero’s letters, Tacitus, or other Roman historians in prose.