Vergil: a study of the
works of the Roman poets Catullus and Vergil, along with
topics in advanced Latin grammar and vocabulary.
Prerequisite: Latin 2 or equivalent; or permission of
the instructor. 3 units.
- ECCE ROMANI Book 3
- Catullus, Selected Works
- Pharr, Vergil's Aeneid (we will read Book 4)
Tests: There will be periodic quizzes and a final exam.
The quizzes are all announced; there are no makeups. Part of
any quiz may be take-home. The quizzes and exams count 80%
of your grade; class work (=homework completion, readiness
to answer questions) is 20%. The quizzes will cover new
features (and old) of the Latin language; the
quizzes will also cover the content of the
Grading: Quizzes receive a numerical grade. The average
of these grades is 80% of the grade in the class. 90%-100% =
A; 80%-89% = B; 70%-79% = C; 60%-69% = D. Less than 60% =
Attendance: I expect you to be in class every day. You
get 5 (five) "free" absences; after that number, your grade
goes down one step (A to B, B to C, and so on).
Homework: Assignments in selected chapters of Ecce Romani
3. After this preliminary work is finished, we will read
selected poems of Catullus and Book 4 of Vergil's Aeneid.
Since the class has not studied Latin poetry before, topics
in meter, versification, poetic vocabulary, rhetorical and
literary topoi will be covered.
Objectives: to develop skill in reading unedited Latin
poetry. Read for content.
Links to Web Sites on
Catullus and Vergil:
This is the closest I have found to a Catullus Home Page:
Vergil Home Page
Translations of Vergil
- "The Mantuan" an on-line discussion group about Vergil and
Let me know if you find other relevant sites.
Why Take This Course;
- You will learn much about Roman literature,
particularly poetry, the genre which had maximum status
with the Romans..
- You will greatly improve your knowledge of Latin,
especially of the standard Latin poetry used throughout
antiquity and the Renaissance.
- You will become familiar with some of the fundamental
influences on the development of the English language,
particularly its literary manifestations.
You must have taken Latin 1A, 1B, and 2 at
CSUS or the equivalent (usually three semesters) at another
university. Two years of intensive high school study can be
equivalent. Consult the
instructor if you are
I recommend that you have a
account for electronic mail and Internet services. Although
a home computer with a high speed modem running Netscape or
Internet Explorer would be beneficial, students can use the
Web from one of the
labs. I will give you a disk of Latin exercises which
you can do at home. Bring me a disk to exchange. I have
exercises for Mac and DOS.
Discipline to complete projects by deadlines;
motivation to study, write, and participate fully in class
activities; and time to devote approximately 10 hours a week
to a 3-credit course. Most students who take this class are
also enrolled in advanced classes in English, History,
Humanities, Philosophy, or similar fields. Many are graduate
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