Introduction to Latin Poetry

This course is designed for students who have already begun the study of Latin and have some knowledge of the language. The students will enhance their basic understanding of Latin through reading and translating simple Latin poems into English. Through these poems, they will encounter ancient Roman culture and history through the eyes of the poets of the Golden and Silver Ages of Latin literature, including Catulus, Vergil, Horace, and more.

Live Classes: Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from January 14th to May 13th. There will not be a live class every week. The live classes will be supplemented by independent study weeks.

Student Expectations: Students will engage in reading, translating, and discussing the verses contained in the required text. They will have weekly assignments related to the readings. They will also be expected to respond verbally and in writing to questions from the instructor.

Student Support: The instructor is available by email.

Feedback/Assessment: Feedback will be provided on weekly assignments and projects. Grade recommendations are optional.

Materials/Supplies: Students will need to purchase the book Beginning Latin Poetry Reader by Daniel Franklin and Gavin Betts, available to purchase online.

Prerequisites: Students should know enough Latin to understand how to conjugate verbs and decline nouns. They will also need a basic understanding of noun-adjective agreement and verb tenses. They should have a vocabulary of approximately 750 Latin words before beginning this course.

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