2020-21 Greek & Latin Courses

Emperor Augustus

Beginning Latin

Learn the language of ancient Romans, medieval monks, and Renaissance humanists--a language with nearly 2000 years of literature and history!

The three course sequence (LAT 101, 102, 103) fulfills the B.A. language requirement.
No previous foreign language experience needed.

LAT 103 offered Term 1.

LAT 101 offered Term 6; LAT 102 offered Term 8.

Why take Latin?

  • Knowing Latin puts you in touch with the writers and the thinkers who shaped western civilization.
  • You will understand the history, culture, literature, politics, and social life of ancient Rome first-hand, in the words of Cicero, Vergil, and Horace
  • Latin is an excellent way to improve your vocabulary and grammar in English since over 60% of English vocabulary is derived from Latin.
  • Latin is the key to learning other modern languages, especially French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish.
  • The Romans' achievements in government, art and architecture, city-planning, literature, medicine, and law continue to shape our modern world.
  • Knowing Latin is an excellent preparation for further study in law, literature, medicine, philosophy, science, theatre, theology.

Syllabus for Latin 101

Also Offered

LAT 3-205 Introduction to Latin Literature and Roman Culture

Mask Mosaic

Searching for what makes us laugh?  Look no farther than Roman comedy: hilarious characters, hapless lovers,  tricky slaves, exuberant language, and a readiness to mock anyone in the way of a good time. The stories of Roman comedy are a perfect introduction to the Roman world and the Latin of the plays reflects the patterns of everyday speech.  This course will help you become more proficient at Latin, more aware of Roman culture, and better able to understand the performance aspects of Roman comedy.  Prerequisite: LAT 103. Offered every third year. Gruber-Miller

Sample Syllabus for Latin 205

Pictures from the Latin Play

Greek 2-327 The Greek Hero

Achilles tending to the wounded Patroclus
Achilles tending to the wounded Patroclus
Exploration of the idea of a hero in the Greek world with attention to how performance, genre, gender, and social and cultural values shape the Greek view of the hero.  Readings from Homer or Athenian dramatists in the original Greek.  Prerequisite: GRE 205. Offered every third year. (Humanities) Gruber-Miller

Latin 6-313 The Age of Augustus

Aeneas fleeing from Troy
Batoni Pompeo. Aeneas fleeing from Rome. 1750.

The Golden Age of Latin literature. In this course, you will read from one of the two most influential works in the western literary tradition, either the story of Rome's founding in Vergil's Aeneid or the treasury of transformations known as Ovid's Metamorphoses.  Along the way, you will discover how each writer responded to the immense changes brought about by the principate of Augustus. Prerequisite: LAT 205. Offered every third year. (Humanities) Staff

Classics Courses in Translation for 2020-21