Latin Language and Literature

Fall 2017 Courses

CLLA 10001/60001 01

Beginning Latin I (Section 1)

Instructor: William Stover

MWF 8:20 - 9:10, 4 credits

This Latin course initiates a two-semester sequence that introduces students to the language and culture of the ancient Romans. It emphasizes the fundamentals of Latin grammar and vocabulary, and prepares students to read original Latin texts. This is a hybrid course; a significant portion of the learning will be done by students working independently online. A deeper appreciation for English grammar and ancient Roman culture will be fostered through class discussion and attentive reading. This course is offered every semester. 

 

CLLA 10001/60001 02

Beginning Latin I (Section 2)

Prof. T. Mazurek

MWF 11:30 - 12:20, 4 credits

 

CLLA 10002/60002 01

Beginning Latin II (Section 1)

Prof. T. Mazurek

MWF 9:25 - 10:15, 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)

Nick Churik

MWF 2:00 - 2:50, 4 credits

 

CLLA 20003/60003 01

Intermediate Latin (Section 1)

Prof. T. Mazurek

MWF 2:00 - 2:50, 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 Cicero 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 every semester. 

 

CLLA 20003/60003 02

Intermediate Latin (Section 2)

Prof. C. Schlegel

MWF 12:50 - 1:40, 3 credits

 

CLLA 20003/60003 03

Intermediate Latin (Section 3)

Prof. M. Bloomer

MW 8:00 - 9:15, 3 credits

 

CLLA 30015/60015

Ovid's Metamorphoses

Prof. E. Mazurek

TR 2:00 - 3:15, 3 credits

In this course, we translate and discuss selected passages from the Metamorphoses, Ovid's idiosyncratic poetic history of the world. Topics for our discussions include the spiritual, moral, religious, political, and physical transformations portrayed between the creation story at the beginning and the deification of Caesar at the end of the text; the tension between Ovid's adherence to Roman traditions and his irreverent, sometimes subversive, artistic originality; the poem's narrative techniques, poetic style, and structure; the significance of intertextual allusions to Greek drama, Virgilian epic, and Ovid's own love poetry; the instability of gender; portraits of the poet within the work; and the innumerable faces of love, as presented through characters who are pious, raging with passion, inseperable, violent, infatuated, lovesick, devoted, and much more. Above all, this course aims at clarifying how Ovid's inexhaustible playfulness and delightful wit contributed to shaping a work of both epic grandeur and lyric intimacy that continues to inspire poets, composers, novelists, painters, and at least one playwright whose version recently made it all the way to Broadway. Daily preparation and active participation in class are essential components of the course; brief written assignments, one mid-term exam, one brief project, and a final exam also count towards the final grade. 

 

CLLA 40016/60016 (Cross-list MI 40003/60003)

Introduction to Christian Texts

Prof. W. Bloomer

TR 3:30 - 4:45, 3 credits

This class surveys the development of Christian Latin language and literature from their origins through Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. It introduces students to the various important linguistic, stylistic and literary influences that contributed to Christian Latin poetry and prose. Students will also be introduced to the varieties of Christian Latin texts and the bibliographical and research skills needed to pursue research into these texts. All along we will be concerned to improve our abilities to read and understand the Latin of the tradition that stretches from the first translations of scripture to the treatises of Jerome and Augustine. The survey of Medieval Latin language and literature in the spring semester follows and builds upon this course. 

 

CLLA 40039/60039

Latin Letters

Prof. H. Muller

MW 2:00 - 3:15, 3 credits

This advanced course in Latin prose literature examines the Roman epistolary tradition. Focusing on the letters of the younger Pliny, it studies them first as a self-conscious portrait for posterity of a prominent Roman senator of the early Antonine age, and second as a set of documents that reveal features of Roman social, political, economic and cultural life. In addition to Pliny's letters, students will read selections from the letters of Cicero, Seneca, Augustine or Jerome. Close attention will be given to the different prose styles of each author and his innovations within the genre.

 

 

Spring 2017 Courses

CLLA 10001/60001 01

Beginning Latin I

MWF 9:25 - 10:15, 4 credits

 

CLLA 10002/60002 01

Beginning Latin II (Section 1)

MW 11:00 - 12:15 and F 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)

MW 9:30 - 10:45 and F 9:25 - 10:15, 4 credits

 

CLLA 20003/60003 01

Intermediate Latin (Section 1)

Prof. E. Mazurek

MWF 12:50 - 1:40, 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 20003/60003 02

Intermediate Latin (Section 2)

Prof. D. Hernandez

MWF 10:30 - 11:20, 3 credits

 

CLLA 30016

Cicero and the Crisis of the Roman Republic

Prof. B. Krostenko

MW 2:00 - 3:15, 3 credits

The last years of the Roman Republic were years of great political and social disruption—political realignments, constitutional crises, and armed rebellion.  The speeches, letters, and philosophy of Marcus Tullius Cicero give a vivid picture of the issues and values at stake.  The purpose of this class is to understand Cicero's perspective on those values and issues and his role in the debate over them.  What were the structural problems of the late Republic?  How did Cicero approach them?  What was the role of rhetoric in molding that approach?  Texts to be considered include selections from the Verrines, speeches Cicero delivered against a corrupt governor; the Catilinarians, Cicero's attempt to rally support against an insurrectionist; the Caesarian speeches, where Cicero tries to fashion a voice to talk to Caesar, now dictator; and the Philippics, Cicero's attacks on Mark Antony and his last attempt to champion the Republic.  Selections from Cicero's letters and relevant philosophical works will be included, as well as from the historical accounts of Sallust, Caesar, and Asconius and the poetry of Catullus.  At least selections from these works will be read in Latin with the remainder in English.

 

CLLA 40011/60011

Vergil, Ecologues & Georgics

Prof. C. Schlegel

TR 2:00 - 3:15, 3 credits

Before Vergil wrote the Aeneid he was famous for his Eclogues (“Selections”) — short pastoral poems with embedded political notes — and for his Georgics — a poem in four books ostensibly about agricultural practice but which tells tales from mythology, Roman politics and society, along with instructions on animal husbandry, astronomy, and the manners of Hellenistic poetics.  In this course we will read these poems and, while enjoying their stunning poetry, will also be considering how and why Vergil weaves so many ethical and aesthetic themes into his contemplation of work, leisure, and the Italian landscape.  The background of the Roman civil wars looms behind the poems.  Some acquaintance with the Aeneid (in translation is fine) is recommended.

 

CLLA 40017/60017 01 (Cross-list MI 40632/60632 and LIT 73629)

Medieval Latin Survey

Prof. G. Müller

MW 9:30 - 10:45, 3 credits

Prerequisite:  CLLA 40016 or instructor's permission

This course offers an advanced introduction to the vast field of Medieval Latin literature. We shall study a few core texts and see how medieval theological, philosophical, and literary thinkers interpreted, revised, and reacted to the presence and pressure of the auctores (the classical authors who were also authorities in several senses.)  We shall look in detail at medieval commentaries and at medieval literary works inspired by or correcting the old texts.  Techniques of medieval philology, paleography, literary history, and literary criticism will be introduced and practiced.  Students planning to enroll in this course should be completing introduction to Christian Latin Texts or they must secure the permission of the instructor.

 

CLLA 40118/60118 (Cross-list MI 60005)

Latin Paleography

Prof. D. Gura

T 9:30 - 12:15, 3 credits

This course is an introduction to the study of writing materials, practices, and Latin scripts from antiquity to the early Renaissance. It is designed both to introduce students to the history and scholarship of developments in Latin scripts and to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to begin to transcribe and describe medieval Latin scripts independently in their own research. Students will: learn about developments in medieval Latin scripts across regions and contemporary scholarship in paleography; learn the principals and practice of scribal abbreviations practice the accurate transcription of representative selection of scripts from manuscripts from across the period learn about scribal practices and materials, and experiment in the reproduction of letter forms; learn to describe accurately the characteristics of a script and of a hand; gain confidence in carefully attributing a date and (where possible) an origin to examples of various scripts; learn and practice the fundamental requirements of manuscript description;and be introduced to printed and online reference tools and current literature for the study of Latin paleography. Once per week the class will provide hands-on experience in one of the following three collections at or in proximity to Notre Dame: 1) Hesburgh Library, Rare Books and Special Collections; 2) The Frank M. Folsom Microfilm and Photographic Collection including microfilms of over 10000 medieval and renaissance manuscripts from the Biblioteca Ambrosiana (Milan); 3) Manuscript Collection of the Newberry Library (Chicago). Prerequisite: Working knowledge of Latin, at least recent completion of intermediate Latin, or the equivalent. If there is any doubt about the adequacy of a student's preparation for the course, please contact the instructor. 

 

CLLA 60520/40520

Latin Survey II: Roman Literary Culture in the Early Empire

Prof. E. Mazurek

MW 3:30 - 4:45, 3 credits

This survey of Latin literature from the end of the republic through the mid empire traces the development of the major genres and literary movements in “Silver” Latin. We shall read in Latin selections from the Augustan poets, the historians of the empire, the tragedies and philosophical works of Seneca, Petronius, the epic poets Statius’ and later lyric, and a few late Latin works. Additional readings will include other Roman and Greek literary works and a sampling of the most important modern studies. This course will also introduce students to scholarly interpretation and methods in the literary and cultural criticism of Latin literature.