In this course students are introduced to Latin vocabulary and grammar, with a view to gaining sufficient fluency to read classical texts. Stress is likewise placed on the Latin roots of English words and the influence of Latin on the vocabulary and structure of the Romance languages. Students will read Latin texts focusing on the history, culture and mythology of the ancient Greeks and Romans.
This course promotes the skill areas of translating, reading and scansion of Virgil. The complexities of translation and of the accurate pronunciation of Roman poetry in dactylic hexameter are emphasized. Special attention is paid to the life, art, genius and influence of the author of the Aeneid. The central themes of his book (such as love, suffering, patriotism, and duty) are studied closely, as are authors such as Homer, Lucretius, Catullus and Dante, who are related to an understanding of Virgil. It is highly recommended that students enrolling in this course have taken two to three years of high school Latin if they cannot meet the prerequisite.