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Cicero at his Tusculan Villa
J. M. W. Turner, Cicero at his Villa at Tusculum (ca. 1838-39)

This page may change each afternoon, especially the first week.

WEEK 1: Introduction; Exile

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

Mon Nouns

1st-2nd declensions (p. 9-10); nominative and accusative case (p. 52, 55)

  Pronouns

personal and reflexive pronouns (p. 18)

  Verbs

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

  Syntax

indirect commands (p. 81);

  Homework

Decline sententia, locus, consilium
Conjugate do, video, pono, venio in the present and future indicative and present subjunctive, active and passive
Review the grammar above.
Further Examples, p. 81.

Re-read Velleius Paterculus 2.44-45 and find what you consider the ten most important words in the passage.
Read Wiedemann, Cicero and the End of the Roman Republic, pp. 1-37.
Read Cicero, Epistulae Ad Atticum 3.1-5.



Tues Nouns

3rd declension (p. 10); time and place (p. 58-9)

  Pronouns

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

  Verbs

imperfect and perfect indicative and imperfect subjunctive, active and passive (pp. 28-31);
Infinitives (p. 40)
Irregular verbs: eo, fero, fio (p. 42)

  Syntax

Impersonal verbs (63-64)
Indirect Speech
(pp. 80-83)

  Homework

Decline comes comitis M., rogatio -onis F., and iter itineris N.
Conjugate iubeo -ere in the imperfect, indicative and subjunctive, and mitto -ere in perfect indicative, active and passive; conjugate eo and fero and fio in the present, future, imperfect, and perfect.

Review the grammar above.
Handout on Impersonal Verbs, Practice Sentences 1-5, 7
Further Examples, pp. 59, 83
Review what we read in class, ad Att. 3.1-5.
Read Wiedemann, Cicero and the End of the Roman Republic, pp. 38-58.
Read Cicero, ad Atticum 3.6; ad Familiares 14.4 (to Terentia)



Wed Nouns

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

  Pronouns

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

  Verbs

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

  Syntax

Subordinate clauses: relative, purpose, result, causal, temporal (pp. 70-73); and ablative absolutes (57, 65)

  Homework

Decline manus and dies
Do a synopsis of peto -ere in the third plural indicative and subjunctive, active and passive.
Re-read what we read in class.

Read Plutarch, Life of Cicero, Chs. 10-23.
Read ad Atticum 3.7

Latin Quickwrite 1: Write one paragraph summarizing how Cicero feels as a result of exile and what he is concerned about OR describe where Cicero has traveled and why he decided to go to or leave each place.

Thurs  

Quickwrite 1 due at 1:00 p.m. Upload it to Moodle.

  Nouns

genitive case (9)

  Pronouns

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

  Verbs

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

  Syntax

Subordinate clauses: concessive, comparative, fearing (pp. 74-76)

  Homework

Exercise, p. 24.
Read Sallust, The Conspiracy of Catiline, Chs 20-29.
Read ad Atticum 3.8.

Study for the Quiz: review the grammar exercises, practice noun declensions and verb conjugations, re-read the letters we have read so far.

Friday  

Quiz, including Vocabulary (DCC Core Latin list, 1-250)

  Nouns

dative case (pp. 53-55)

  Adjectives

Comparison of adjectives (24-25)

  Verbs

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

  Syntax

Gerunds and Gerundives

  Homework

Prepare for Seminar 1:

Further Examples, pp. 55, 85, 86.
Read the Conspiracy of Catiline, Chs 44-52, 55.
Read Kelly, A History of Exile in the Roman Republic, 1-20, 110-25 (Moodle)
Read ad Atticum 3.9-10.

Prepare presentation. Rubric for oral presentation of an article

 





 

WEEK 2: Exile (cont.)

Monday  

Passage for the commentary selected: Email it to jgruber-miller@cornellcollege.edu

  Adjectives

Comparison of adjectives (24-25)

  Verbs

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

  Syntax

Gerunds and Gerundives

  Homework

Keep reviewing grammar that you are still not confident about. You may wish to use the online websites listed on the Syllabus.
Further Examples, pp. 55, 85, 86.

Re-read what we read in class.
Finish reading ad Atticum 3.9; read ad Quintum 1.3.

 

 

Tues  

Research Day

  Homework

Re-read what we read in class
Listen to an Afghani refugee (This American Life)
Read two chapters from Letters in Transit.

Work on your Commentary Project.

Wed Syntax

Conditionals (78-79)

  Homework

Further Examples, 78-79.

Re-read what we read in class.
Read ad Familiares 14.2 (all); Read ad Quintum 1.4, sections 2-4.

Latin Quickwrite 2: Write one paragraph summarizing how Cicero feels as a result of exile and/or what he is concerned about back home. Focus on ad Att. 3.7-9 and ad Quint. 1.3.

Thur

 

Quickwrite 2 due at 5:00 p.m. Upload it to Moodle.

  Homework

Re-read what we read in class.
Read several "Refugee Voices" and think how their situation is similar or different from Cicero's exile (Moodle)
Read ad Att. 3.23

Friday  

Vocab quiz (DCC Core Latin list, 251-400)

  2:00

Recording and editing podcasts workshop, with Brooke Bergantzel and Matt Zhorne.

  Homework

Prepare for the midterm: you may wish to re-read the letters in English; reflect on the themes, imagery, characters, and diction in these texts; review class presentations and notes; review grammar and vocabulary worksheets; compare Cicero's exile with that of recent exiles and refugees, and of course re-read as many Latin passages as possible

WEEK 3: Cicero's Return to Rome: Defining his legacy

Monday  

 

Midterm at 10:00 a.m.

  Syntax

 

  Homework

Read ad Atticum 4.1.
Continue work on your commentary.

Tues  

Individual Conferences discussing the Notes for your commentary. Please bring a draft of your notes to the conference.

  Homework

Re-read what we read in class.
Read Cicero's speech Post Reditum ad Populum 1-5.

In tonight's reading, choose the 10 words most significant for understanding sections 1-5, i.e., that shape the tone, color, and emotion of the passage, and write out the dictionary form and the definition for each.

Wed  

Commentary Project: Notes on grammar, rhetorical devices, people and places, and background due. Upload to Moodle.

  Homework

Review what we read in class.
Read Cicero's speech Post Reditum ad Populum 6-10, 14.
Continue to work on the script for your podcast.

 

Thur  

Podcast Script for the Introduction, literary translation, and interpretation/comments due. Upload to Moodle.

  Homework

Review what we read in class.
Read Cicero's speech de Domo Sua 100, 103-105, 109-112.

Work on your script for the Podcast project. I would like to see a revised draft of the script by Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

Friday

 

Commentary Introduction, Questions to reflect on, and media files due. Upload to Moodle.

  Homework

Review what we read in class.
Read Pro Sestio 38-43.
Quickwrite 3: In one paragraph, catalogue all the people that Cicero is grateful to upon his return and explain why he is grateful to them.

WEEK 4: Defining Cicero's Legacy (cont.)

Monday  

Quickwrite 3 due at 10:00 a.m. Upload it to Moodle.

  Homework

Finish preparations for the Cicero Podcast project.
Read Pro Sestio 38-43.

Tues  

Cicero Podcast presentations

  Homework

Prepare for the final: you may wish to re-read the speeches in English; reflect on the themes, imagery, characters, and diction in these texts; review class presentations and notes; review grammar and vocabulary worksheets; compare Cicero's exile with that of recent exiles and refugees; and of course re-read as many Latin passages as possible

Wed  

Final Exam; written reflection on Commentary and Podcast due

 

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