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  • LATIN 601  Cicero

    Description:
    The focus of this course is on Cicero's orations, with special attention to the Catilinarians and the Pro Caelio. The course will emphasize careful analysis of Cicero's Latin style and the political, legal, and literary issues that arise from these works. Students will be introduced to relevant scholarly literature.   More Info

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  • LATIN 602  Caesar

    Description:
    This course will focus on selections from Julius Caesars Commentarii, including selections from De Bello Gallico and De Bello Civile, interspersed with selections from the letters and works of Caesars contemporaries and the later Roman historians. Examination of maps, photographs, and brief topical essays will provide the background necessary to understand Caesars works and campaigns. Some emphasis will be laid on modern scholarship devoted to Caesar. Course goals include not only reading a significant portion of Caesars extant works, but also gaining an appreciation of his style as a writer, along with a understanding of his place in Roman history. Teachers enrolled in the course should expect to gain a good background for teaching Caesar in the AP curriculum.   More Info

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  • LATIN 603  Roman Comedy

    Description:
    This course focuses on readings in the comedies of Plautus and Terence. The course will entail intensive study of one representative play by each playwright; other plays will be read in English translation. Topics to be covered include: the influence of Menander and Greek New Comedy; the rise of a literary culture in second-century-BC Rome; and analysis of character, language, and plot.   More Info

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  • LATIN 609  Lucretius

    Description:
    This course will be devoted Lucretius De rerum natura, the great didactic epic of Epicureanism. We will examine the philosophical doctrines that Lucretius espoused, the poetic and literary qualities of his poem, his influence on successors, and the way he manipulated the Latin language and the dactylic hexameter to serve his ends.   More Info

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  • LATIN 610  Virgil

    Description:
    This course focuses on readings in the works of Virgil, with primary emphasis on the Aeneid. Significant attention is paid to historical and cultural context, literary history and epic genre, Virgil's poetic and patriotic programmes and poetic diction, as well as to secondary, scholarly literature.   More Info

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  • LATIN 612  Horace

    Description:
    An in-depth study of the poetry of Horace, with emphasis on his patriotic programme, the place in his poetry in Roman literary history, and the cultural context within which he lived and wrote.   More Info

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  • LATIN 615  Methods of Teaching in the Latin Language

    Description:
    This course focuses on the theory and practice of teaching Latin in the schools. Special emphasis is given to assessing the pedagogical approaches that have emerged in recent decades and the textbooks that they have produced. We will also discuss specific ways to integrate these approaches into the contemporary classroom.   More Info

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  • LATIN 620  Latin Letters

    Description:
    This course offers a survey of the epistolary genre in Latin literature. Readings will focus on Cicero, Seneca and Pliny; short examples from Horace, Ovid, Fronto and Petrarch will also be included. Letters will be considered in their historical, social and literary contexts. Students will evaluate the structure, content and evolution of the genre.   More Info

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  • LATIN 630  Latin Love Poetry

    Description:
    This course focuses on readings in the amatory poetry of Catullus, Horace, Virgil, and the Roman elegists. Significant attention is paid to historical, philosophical, and cultural context, literary history and genre distinctions, and the love poets' use of poetry to reflect their constructions of self and society. Students are introduced to relevant secondary, scholarly literature.   More Info

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  • LATIN 635  Latin Historians

    Description:
    This course surveys the Latin historians, focusing primarily on Sallust, Livy, and Tacitus. Earlier writers, such as Cato the Elder, and later ones, such as Ammianus Marcellinus, are briefly considered. These historians will be read in Latin and studied in their historical, social and literary contexts.   More Info

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  • LATIN 660  History of Latin Literature

    Description:
    This course is a survey of Latin literature by genre and chronology from the earliest Latin writing through the reign of Hadrian. Students will read selections of Latin prose and poetry from the works of all major authors and will evaluate the structure and content of each work within historical and literary contexts. The goals of this course are to give students a strong foundation in the development and evolution of Latin literature and to prepare them for subject area examinations for prospective teachers of Latin such as Praxis and MTEL.   More Info

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  • LATIN 670  Active Learning methodologies for Teachers of Latin

    Description:
    Two phenomena of recent decades - the emergence of a new body of research on second language acquisition and the re-emergence of conversational Latin as a pedagogical tool - have dramatic implications for the teaching of Latin. The purpose of this course is twofold: first, to introduce teachers of Latin to theories of second language acquisition, through which they may assess the effectiveness of various methods used in the Latin classroom; and, second, to engage them intensively with two major active methodologies for language learning; oral/aural communication and written composition. The course, designed as the first-year experience for attendees at the summer Conventiculum Bostoniense, provides a seven-day, full-immersion living-Latin experience, with full-time residence required of all participants. With the exception of nine hours of instruction in second language acquisition theory, students are required to communicate 24-7 in Latin.   More Info

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  • LATIN 675  Living Text

    Description:
    Designed for repeat attendees at the summer Conventiculum Bostoniense, this course engages students in intensive study of a single classical or medieval Latin text, incorporating both traditional pedagogical approaches (grammar-translation method, study of relevant scholarship) and active learning methodologies (especially those that build competence in oral and written production of Latin, such as oral paraphrase, contextual discussion, Socratic questioning, written response and rephrasing). For a significant portion of class time, students work in small groups to compose and perform a play whose content accurately reflects the style, themes and literary, historical, and cultural contexts of the text studied in the course. This text varies each summer. Each student also completes an individual final paper, due six weeks after the last course session. The course provides a seven-day full-immersion living-Latin experience, with full-time residence required of all participants with the exception of some direct instruction in the text and relevant scholarship, students are required to communicate 24-7 in Latin.   More Info

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  • LATIN 676  Latin Prose Composition

    Description:
    This course provides an intensive introduction to written composition in the Latin language. Stress will be laid on writing as an active methodology, on the premise that fluency in Latin is achieved more effectively through Latin-on-Latin composition, rather than through a traditional English-to-Latin translation approach. The normal starting point for activities will be a Latin text; assignments will progress in complexity from rephrasing or restructuring of parts of the text to free composition.   More Info

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  • LATIN 677  Latin conversation

    Description:
    This course will help students acquire a basic communicative competency in Latin, familiarize themselves with Second Language Acquisition theory, and experiment with active classroom strategies.   More Info

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  • LATIN 680  Topics in Latin Literature

    Description:
    This course focuses on readings in important authors and genres of Latin literature. Significant attention is paid to historical, cultural, and literary contexts, as well as to relevant secondary literature. Topics may vary.   More Info

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  • LATIN 688  Initial Licensure Practicum: Student Teaching

    Description:
    The Initial Licensure Practicum provides students with the opportunity to put theory and methodology into practice. Students demonstrate their teaching skills in a school, with supervision by both a certified cooperating reacher and a member of the University faculty. During the semester, students will meet bi-weekly with the latter to discuss their experiences, to try out and critique plans and ideas, to air and solve problems, and to reflect on the process by which they are becoming education professionals. A formal application to do a practicum must be filled with the GPD by October 1 for a spring practicum or by March 1 for a fall practicum.   More Info

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  • LATIN 690  Master of Arts Final Paper

    Description:
    Upon invitation of the faculty, M.A. candidates may complete a three-credit final paper in lieu of one required course. The paper will be of approximately 30 pages and demonstrate extensive original research/scholarship in Latin or Greek literature or culture. A final-paper proposal must be approved by a faculty advisor and the Graduate Program Director in the semester prior to that in which the paper will be completed. The paper will be prepared under the direction of the faculty advisor and defended before a committee of three faculty members. During the semester, drafts of the paper will be critiqued in regular conferences with the faculty advisor.   More Info

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  • LATIN 696  Independent Study

    Description:
    Independent study in Latin   More Info

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  • LATIN 697  Special Topics

    Description:
    This course offers intensive study of a selected topic in Latin language and/or literature. Course content varies according to the topic, which will be announced prior to the advance pre-registration period.   More Info

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  • LATIN 699  Master of Arts Thesis

    Description:
    Upon invitation by the faculty, M.A. candidates may complete a Masters thesis in lieu of two courses. The thesis will be a substantial paper of approximately 60 pages, which demonstrates extensive original research/scholarship in Latin or Greek literature or culture. The thesis will be prepared under the direction of an individual faculty advisor and defended before a committee of three faculty members. A thesis proposal must be approved in the semester prior to registration for the course by the proposed faculty advisor and by the Graduate Program Director. During the research and writing process, progress in research and drafts of the thesis will be critiqued in regular conferences with the faculty advisor.   More Info

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