Latin Course Descriptions


Latin 11   FY
Course #567

Students acquire the basic vocabulary, forms, and grammar necessary for reading and writing simple Latin selections. Some emphasis is placed on oral Latin as well. The course delves deeply into the relationship between Latin, English, and the Romance Languages. Students also explore elements of Roman culture, ranging from Latin words and phrases used in English to geography, architecture, the calendar, state mottoes, the periodic table, and more.


Latin 21   FY
Course #569
After a brief review of the first year's work, students learn new grammar and vocabulary necessary for reading and writing Latin of increasing complexity.  Practice in oral Latin continues, as does the emphasis on Latin as an aid to the comprehension of English and the Romance languages.  Students delve further into Roman culture, exploring ancient 
manuscript production, viewing representations of the Romans on film, writing papers (in English) on Roman authors, and more.

Prerequisite:   C- or better in Latin 11


Latin 20   FY
Course #568

This second year Latin course is held in conjunction with Latin 21.  Students cover the same language content, but are expected to complete additional projects, such as research papers and compositions.

Prerequisite:   B- or better in Latin 11


Latin 31, 30, 41, 40   FY
Course # 573, 570, 575, 577

The focus at these levels of Latin study shifts to the reading of actual Latin texts.  After a brief review of grammar, vocabulary, and forms, students read selections from works such as Cicero's orations, Pliny's Letters, Ovid's Metamorphoses, and Martial's Epigrams.  Students also complete two composition assignments: the translation of famous English prose passages into Latin, and the creation of brief, original Latin poems.  In addition, student will write research papers on Roman civilization, and continue the exploration of culture with epigraphy, numismatics, art, and more.  A student enrolls in either 30/31 or 40/41; the courses meet simultaneously and have the same curriculum for a given year, but not for two years consecutively, which allows a student taking 30/31 one year and 40/41 the next to study different content.  Honors students are expected to complete additional projects, research papers and compositions.

Prerequisite:  Latin 31: C or better in Latin 21/20, Latin 30: B- or better in Latin, 21/20 Latin 41: C or better in Latin 31/30, Latin 40: B- or better in Latin 31/30
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