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In addition to the scheduled items below, there will be daily Latin reading assignments from the Satyricon. A production schedule will also be distributed early the first week of class. This page may change each afternoon, especially the first week.

WEEK 1: Review.

Please review the appropriate sections of the Student's Latin Grammar before class (numbers in parentheses refer to page numbers in the SLG; new material in bold):

Mon Nouns

1st-2nd declensions; nominative case (p. 9)


personal and reflexive pronouns (p. 18)


present tense, indicative and subjunctive moods, active and passive voice (pp. 28-31)
Irregular verbs: sum, possum, volo, nolo, malo (p. 42)


Uses of the Infinitive, pp. 67-68
Independent uses of the subjunctive: iussive, deliberative, optative (wish), potential (p. 105)


Decline filia, animus, pallium
Conjugate teneo, scribo, possum, volo in the present, indicative and subjunctive, active and passive
Review the grammar above
SLG, p. 11, Ex. 7; p. 18, further examples; p. 68, further examples; p. 105, further examples
Read Petronius' Satyricon, sections 1-15, in English
Review "A Scene at the Marketplace," lines 1-28 in Latin
Read lines 29-67 in Latin
Pick out the subjects in lines 29-43 (both nouns and pronouns), say what verb they are the subject of, and list the dictionary form of each (nominative, genitive, gender)
Complete interactive reading journal

Tues Nouns

3rd declension (p. 10); accusative case (p. 55)


Relative and interrogative pronouns: qui quae quod; quis quid (p. 21-23)


imperfect and future indicative and imperfect subjunctive, active and passive (pp. 28-31);
Imperatives (p. pp. 34-35)
Irregular verbs: eo, fero, fio (p. 42)


Subordinate clauses: relative, purpose, result, causal, (pp. 70-72)


Decline merces mercedis F. and genus generis N.
Conjugate ludo -ere in the imperfect, indicative and subjunctive, and future indicative, active and passive
SLG, p. 48, Ex. 8, 1-20; do the first two sentences of the further examples, pp. 70-72
Review what we read in class
Read "Trimalchio's Dinner: Preliminaries and Hors d'oeuvres," lines 1-33
Find the accusatives in lines 6-17, and explain why they are in accusative case.
Complete interactive reading journal

Wed Nouns

4th-5th declensions (p. 11); ablative case (pp. 56-57)


Demonstratives: is, hic, ille, iste (pp. 19-20)


Perfect, pluperfect, future perfect indicative, active and passive (34-35)


Subordinate clauses: temporal, concessive, comparative, fearing (pp. 73-76)
Participles (p. 35, pp. 64-66);


Decline manus and dies
Conjugate noto -are in the perfect, pluperfect, and future perfect indicative, active and passive
SLG, p. 31, Ex. 4; p. 57, further examples 1-6; p. 66, Ex. 9, 3-9; do the first two sentences of the further examples, pp. 73-76.

Review what we read in class and continue reading Satyricon 34-73.
Complete interactive reading journal

Thurs Nouns

genitive case (9)


ipse, idem, quidam, (ali)quis, quisque (pp. 20-23)


infinitives (p. 40)
perfect and pluperfect subjunctive (pp. 32-34)


participles (cont.)


Conjugate pingo -ere pinxi pictus in the present, imperfect, perfect, and pluperfect subjunctive
, p. 24, Ex. 13; p. 53, further examples
Write four sentences altogether using a different type of subordinate clause in each (pp. 70-76) describing Encolpius, Ascyltos, the rusticus et mulier, or Trimalchio
Review what we read in class and continue reading Satyricon 74-108.
Find the participles in lines 74-88, identify the tense and voice, and then draw a line from the participle to the word it modifies.
Complete interactive reading journal.

Friday Nouns

dative case (pp. 53-55)


Comparison of adjectives (24-25)


gerunds & gerundives (p. 36, pp. 85-86); supine (p. 36)


Gerunds and Gerundives


synopsis of credo in the 1st pl active and utor in the 3rd pl passive
SLG, p. 55, further examples
pp. 85-86, further examples (3x)
Alone or with a partner, write a description of a character (no more than 1 page, double-spaced)
Review what we read in class and finish reading "Trimalchio's Dinner: Preliminaries and Hors d'oeuvres," Satyricon lines 109-151
Prepare presentations


WEEK 2: Presentations


Character description due at 10:00 a.m. Email it to


Indirect Speech (pp. 80-83)


SLG, Do half the further examples, pp. 80-83
Throughout the rest of the course, review what we read in class, continue reading the Satyricon, and complete the interactive reading journal.



Roman food

Tuesday: Roman dress
Wednesday: Triclinium
: Slaves and Dinner Theater
Friday: * MIDTERM *

WEEK 3: Reading

Monday: summary/reaction of an article on the play due at 10:00 a.m. See Bibliography for list of appropriate articles.
Wednesday: written script due at 10:00 a.m.

WEEK 4: Performances

Monday at 5:00-9:00.: *Roman banquet*

Tuesday: log books & summary/reports due

Wednesday: * FINAL EXAM *

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