An introduction to Latin grammar and basic vocabulary. Students will also have the opportunity to read, in Latin, excerpts from a variety of Latin classics drawn from the ancient world, Middle Ages, and Renaissance. The course will end with an examination of the contemporary use of Latin for professionals, Latin on the Internet, and Latin in the liturgy.
Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:
• Read and understand excerpts drawn from Latin texts
• Translate simple passages drawn from Latin texts (from Latin to English)
• Understand, in broad strokes, the history and culture of Roman civilization
• Understand the importance of the contemporary use of Latin in key professions (law, healthcare, pharmacology, botany)
• Be familiar with the use of Latin on the Internet
• Be familiar with the basic parts of the Mass in Latin
Course Details: Declining nouns and adjectives; conjugating verbs; excerpts from Julius Caesar, Catullus, Cicero, Virgil, Ovid; excerpts from the Vulgate, excerpts from Augustine, Aquinas, More; introduction to professional Latin (law, healthcare, pharmacology, botany)
Image: The Pantheon in Rome with inscription, "Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucius, made [this building] when consul for the third time."