This course intends to familiarize students with the fundamentals of Latin language (grammar, vocabulary, and syntax) via simple Latin readings. At the end of the course students will be able to read, understand, and translate adapted passages of prose from Latin to English, and vice versa. Additionally, students will gain insight into the the Roman culture that produced those texts in Latin.
Besides being a foundational discipline of the western cultural tradition, the study of Latin language enhances the comprehension of the structure of many Western languages. By observing the connections between Latin and modern English, this course will strengthen grammar skills in English, and foster vocabulary and spelling improvement in English through the study of Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes; and a general development of translation skills.
The course requires seminar meetings with the instructor and individual work. The weekly meetings are designed to present students with grammatical and linguistic notions that will be complemented by in-class exercises and translation.
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- conjugate and define Latin verbs, nouns, pronouns and adjectives,
- demonstrate a knowledge of elementary Latin vocabulary,
- read, understand and translate simple Latin sentences and short stories,
- apply basic grammar rules to translate simple English sentences into Latin.