Latin

 
COURSE OFFERINGS
 
111f    Introductory Latin    Learn Latin grammar and syntax while reading Roman comedy. Laugh your way through declensions and conjugations and develop reading skills. Four credit hours.    O'NEILL

112s    Intermediate Latin    As one learns more Latin, one reads extracts from Roman law courts. If the toga doesn't fit, you must acquit. Prerequisite: Latin 111. Four credit hours.    O'NEILL

131f    Introduction to Latin Literature    Selected readings in Latin literature. Successful completion of this course fulfills the College language requirement. Prerequisite: Latin 112, or appropriate score on the College Board Latin SAT Subject Test or placement test administered during new student orientation. Four credit hours.  L.    O'NEILL

[232]    Catullus and Tibullus     From brief epigrams to epyllia, from impassioned love poems to scurrilous abuse, Catullus demonstrates his mastery of meter, mythology, and language. His poems about the beautiful Lesbia provided a model for the elegiac poets to follow, while his long poems demonstrate the learning of this scholar-poet. Whether bitterly assailing a false friend or tearfully bidding farewell at his brother's graveside, Catullus exhibits a mastery of poetic language. Tibullus is a poet of deceptive complexity who writes exclusively in the elegiac meter but shares many themes with Catullus: love, death, and passion in between. Prerequisite: Latin 131. Four credit hours.  L.    

[233]    Apuleius: Africa's Naughty Genius     Apuleius's life is as fascinating as his writing. His origins in Africa and his post-classical dates have left him on the margins of the classical canon, but his ribald wit, his narrative flair, and his inventive genius make him worth reading. We shall read selections from The Golden Ass, his best-known fictional work, and from The Apology, his defense against the very real charges of witchcraft that he faced. Four credit hours.  L.    

[255]    Forbidden Love: Dido and Aeneas (Virgil, Book 4)    Translation and analysis of selections from the Aeneid concerning the ill-starred love of Dido and Aeneas. Topics for discussion include duty vs. love, Dido as foreign enchantress, Virgil and Homer, love as a madness/disease, and legitimate couple or illicit lovers? Prerequisite: Latin 131. Four credit hours.  L.    

271f    Horace's Epodes: Lampoons and Blame Poetry    Horace is one of Rome's greatest and most influential poets, but often textbooks focus on his blandest poems for fear of offending anyone. A selection from The Epodes, a book of often scurrilous abuse in poetic form focusing in particular on his poems about witches and witchcraft. Prerequisite: Latin 131. Four credit hours.  L.    O'NEILL

[341]    Sacred Rites and Erotic Magic: Propertius 4    An analysis of the two, rival poetic programs of Propertius 4; how "patriotic" poems become erotic manifestos, and how sacred rites are profaned by erotic ritual. Prerequisite: Latin 131 or higher-level course. Four credit hours.  L.    

354s    Seneca's Medea    This Roman version of Medea's terrible revenge on the guilty and innocent alike warns us that injustice begets injustice and asks how divine power can permit evil to triumph. The play draws on contemporary dilemmas of Imperial Rome but explores them in the safe context of a Greek tragedy. Prerequisite: Latin 131 or higher-level course. Four credit hours.    O'NEILL

[356]    Ovid's Heroides    The latest poems in the ancient world's corpus of elegiac love poetry are among the wittiest. Ovid, hardly a feminist, nevertheless delights in giving famous women of myth an opportunity to write letters to the men in their lives. Ovid, as never before, reveals the humorous potential of the elegiac genre. The duplicitous devices inherent in earlier elegy are openly revealed and exposed for what they are. Prerequisite: LT131 or higher-level course. Four credit hours.    

[362]    Lovers, Exiles, and Shepherds--Virgil's Eclogues    The Eclogues have exerted a tremendous influence on later poets across Europe and the Americas. Virgil's bucolic poetry draws on ancient learning, contemporary politics, and his own artistic sensibility. Prerequisite: Latin 131 or higher-level course. Four credit hours.    

491f, 492s    Independent Study    Reading in a field of the student's interest, with essays and conferences. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. One to four credit hours.    FACULTY