Latin Language and Literature

Fall 2018 Courses

CLLA 10001-10002.  Beginning Latin I and Beginning Latin II

This two-semester sequence of courses introduces students to the language of the ancient Romans for the first time. It emphasizes the fundamentals of Latin grammar and vocabulary, and prepares students to read original Latin texts. An appreciation for ancient Roman culture is also fostered through secondary readings and class discussion.

 

CLLA 10001 01/60001

Beginning Latin I (Hybrid)  (Section 1)

Instructor:  TBA

MWF 8:20-9:10, 4 credit hours

 

CLLA 10001 02/60001

Beginning Latin I (Hybrid)  (Section 2)

Instructor:  TBA

MWF 12:50-1:40, 4 credit hours

 

CLLA 10002 01/60002

Beginning Latin II (Section 1)

Prof. T. Mazurek

MWF 2:00-2:50, 4 credit hours

Prerequisite: CLLA 10001 or equivalent

 

CLLA 10002 02/60002

Beginning Latin II (Section 2)

Prof. R. Ford

MWF 12:50-1:40, 4 credit hours

Prerequisite:  CLLA 10001 or equivalent

 

CLLA 20003 01/60003

Intermediate Latin (Section 1)

Prof. H. Müller

MWF 9:25-10:15, 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CLLA 10002, 10111 or equivalent

This second-year language course builds on the work of Beginning Latin I and II. It combines a review of grammar with careful reading of classical Latin authors such as Cornelius Nepos and Ovid. The course improves students' translating skills, introduces methods for studying Latin literature in its historical and cultural contexts, and prepares students for more advanced work in the sophisticated literature of the ancient Romans. Offered each fall semester.

 

CLLA 20003 02/60003

Intermediate Latin (Section 2)

Prof. E. Mazurek

MWF 2:00-2:50, 3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  CLLA 10002, 10111 or equivalent

This second-year language course builds on the work of Beginning Latin I and II. It combines a review of grammar with careful reading of classical Latin authors such as Cornelius Nepos and Ovid. The course improves students' translating skills, introduces methods for studying Latin literature in its historical and cultural contexts, and prepares students for more advanced work in the sophisticated literature of the ancient Romans. Offered each fall semester.

 

CLLA 20003 03/60003

Intermediate Latin (Section 3)

Prof. C. Schlegel

TR 9:30-1:45, 3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  CLLA 10002, 10111 or equivalent

This second-year language course builds on the work of Beginning Latin I and II. It combines a review of grammar with careful reading of classical Latin authors such as Cornelius Nepos and Ovid. The course improves students' translating skills, introduces methods for studying Latin literature in its historical and cultural contexts, and prepares students for more advanced work in the sophisticated literature of the ancient Romans. Offered each fall semester.

 

CLLA 30004/60004

Reading and Writing Latin Prose

Prof. B. Krostenko

TR 12:30-1:45, 3 credit hours

 

This course reviews major topics in Latin syntax, which students practice through compo-sitions and specially designed, targeted readings, to the end of learning to group syntactic phenomena in sets, the fundament of quick and accurate reading.  The course also introduces students to stylistic analysis and historical syntax and semantics through a survey of exemplary texts from various stages of Latin literary history.

 

CLLA 30013/60013

Roman Lyric Poetry

Prof. M. Bloomer

TR 9:30-10:45, 3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  CLLA 20004

This third-year course builds on CLLA 20003 and CLLA 20004, and offers close reading of passages from the lyric poetry of such authors as Catullus and Horace.  The lyric form gives precise and economical expression to a wide range of human thoughts and emotions, from the highly personal to the grandly patriotic.  The range of Roman lyric, the technique of its practitioners, and the place of lyric poetry in Roman life are themes that receive special attention.  This course prepares students for advanced offerings in Latin literature, especially CLLA 40023, CLLA 40033, CLLA 40043, and CLLA 40053.  Offered in fall semester, alternate years.

 

CLLA 40016 01/60016 (Cross-listed with MI 40003/60003, THEO 30004/60001, LIT 73677)

Intro to Christian Latin Texts

Prof. H. Müller

MW 2:00-3:15, 3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Third year Latin

This course will introduce students to early Christian literature and the language and styles in which scripture, commentaries, homilies, epistles, treatises, hymns, and poetry were written. There is no single phenomenon which we can label Christian Latin. Rather we must trace the influence that the translation of scripture, the changing vernacular, and the Late Antique literary genres had on the various writers and genres of the Latin Christian communities of roughly the second through the fifth centuries AD. While the course's goals include the training of students in the research tools and methods for advanced work in early Christian, late antique, and medieval literature, we shall focus on improving students' abilities to read Latin with understanding and fluency. Preparation for translation in class will constitute the lion's share of homework. Grammar will occupy us as it did the authors we read: orthography, morphology, syntax, and lexicography will not, however, be as uniform as textbooks or dictionaries or grammars of classical Latin lead one to believe. Fundamentals of Latin style (prose and verse) will be emphasized. So too basics of literary history and of ancient literary terms and techniques.

Spring 2018 Courses

CLLA 10001/60001 01

Beginning Latin I

Prof. T. Mazurek

MWF 9:25-10:15, 4 credits

This two-semester sequence of courses introduces students to the language of the ancient Romans for the first time. It emphasizes the fundamentals of Latin grammar and vocabulary, and prepares students to read original Latin texts. An appreciation for ancient Roman culture is also fostered through secondary readings and class discussion.

 

CLLA 10002/60002 01

Beginning Latin II (Section 1)

Prof. T. Mazurek

MWF 11:30-12:20, 4 credits

Prerequisite: CLLA 10001/60001 Beginning Latin I

This two-semester sequence of courses introduces students to the language of the ancient Romans for the first time. It emphasizes the fundamentals of Latin grammar and vocabulary, and prepares students to read original Latin texts. An appreciation for ancient Roman culture is also fostered through secondary readings and class discussion.

 

CLLA 10002/60002 02

Beginning Latin II (Section 2)

TBA

MWF 8:20-9:10, 4 credits

 

CLLA 20003/60003 01

Intermediate Latin (Section 1)

Prof. E. Mazurek

MWF 2:00-2:50, 3 credits

This second-year language course builds on the work of Beginning Latin I and II. It combines a review of grammar with careful reading of classical Latin authors such as Cornelius Nepos and Ovid. The course improves students' translating skills, introduces methods for studying Latin literature in its historical and cultural contexts, and prepares students for more advanced work in the sophisticated literature of the ancient Romans. Offered each fall semester.

 

CLLA 20003/60003 02

Intermediate Latin (Section 2)

Prof. G. Müller

MWF 3:30-4:20, 3 credits

Prerequisite:  CLLA 10002/60002 or equivalent

This second-year language course builds on the work of Beginning Latin I and II. It combines a review of grammar with careful reading of classical Latin authors such as Cornelius Nepos and Ovid. The course improves students' translating skills, introduces methods for studying Latin literature in its historical and cultural contexts, and prepares students for more advanced work in the sophisticated literature of the ancient Romans.

 

CLLA 30012

Latin History-Writing

Prof. E. Mazurek

MW 9:30-10:45, 3 credits

This third-year course builds on CLLA 20003, and offers close reading of passages from the works of Livy and Tacitus, specifically, Livy’s account of the Second Punic War and Tacitus’ Agricola.  We will be looking carefully at Livy’s portraits of Hannibal and Scipio Africanus, written in the Augustan era, and Tacitus’ portrait of his father-in-law Agricola, written later in the Flavian era, in order to understand Roman concepts of leadership and how these change over time.  We will also examine trends in Roman historiography more generally, including the political and social conditions in Rome that informed historical writing as well as the literary hallmarks of the genre.  The course prepares students for advanced offerings in Latin literature.  

 

CLLA 40023

Elegaic Roman Poetry

Prof. K. Schlegel

MW 3:30-4:45, 3 credits

Recommended for students with advanced Latin skills

This advanced course introduces students to Latin elegy, a form of verse that served Roman poets as a vehicle for expressing and exploring personal feelings, especially those associated with love. Readings from Catullus, Propertius, Tibullus, and Ovid expose how Roman poets adapted and experimented with the elegiac form to express highly charged personal emotions often at odds with conventional Roman values.

 

CLLA 43098

The Digital Schoolbook

Prof. M. Bloomer

TR 9:30-10:45, 3 credits

The Digital Schoolbook seminar examines the history of educational practice as it can be deduced from extant materials. In brief we will plunge into the many texts, issues, and schoolings that brought liberal education to and through the Middle Ages and into the theoretical considerations in educational (cultural and intellectual) history. In addition to training in the relevant archival, historical, and textual methods, the seminar will introduce foundational skills  and theory of digital humanities. Dr. F. Fischer of the Cologne Center for eHumanities will join us in February for intensive instruction in digital scholarship and especially digital editing. Students will be introduced to TEI and to the range of issues in planning, designing, and implementing a collaborative DH research project. Finally, given interest, students may develop projects suitable for internships at the CCeH.

 

CLLA 40510/60510

Latin Survey I: The Birth and Growth of Latin Literature

Prof. B. Krostenko

TR 2:00-3:15, 3 credits

This class offers an overview of Latin literature from its origins in the 3rd century to the late Republic.  During this period, as the poet Horace put it, Graecia capta ferum victorem cepit “Captured Greece captured her savage conqueror”: Greek literary forms--epic, tragedy, historiography and rhetoric--provided the models for literature in Latin.  But these adaptations were never simple copies: the values of the Romans’ militarist society lie close to the surface.  Furthermore the values of that society were hardly static but themselves developed as Rome grew from a regional power into a world empire.  The chief purpose of this class is to grasp the dual identity of Roman literature: what does it owe to the Greek world? And what does it owe to its own developing social world?  Additional topics include the formal development of the Latin language; the development of Latin meters, especially the hexameter; and native Italic literary forms (e.g. farces and Saturnian epitaphs).  Authors to be read include Plautus, Naevius, Ennius, Terence, Lucilius, Cicero, Lucretius, Caesar, Sallust and Catullus.