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  • Course ID:LATIN 435
  • Semesters:1
  • Department:Classics
  • Course Rank:Honors
  • Teachers:Gerard Babendreier

Description and Objectives

This course will include a perusal and translation of the former AP selections from Catullus’s Poemata.


Bender, Henry V. and Forsyth, Phyllis Young, Catullus Expanded Edition (ISBN 978-0-86516-603-5)

Course Requirements

To read and translate the former AP selections from Catullus’s Poemata

Course Expectations

  • The student will be expected to prepare for in-class translation about 12-20 lines of Catullus’s poetry in Latin per class meeting.

Goals for Student Learning

  • The student will sharpen his skill in thinking and communicating. This skill will be acquired, as it usually is, by reading some of the sharpest thinkers and communicators the world has ever known.
  • The student will have such mastery of the grammar and syntax of the language, the most important tools, e.g., lexica, reference grammars and commentaries, and the most frequently encountered vocabulary, that he will be able to read classical Latin texts as literature.

Successful Students

The students successful in this course will: 

  • study Latin at least fifteen minutes every day of the week, and will
  • seek extra help at the first signs of difficulty, not only from the instructor, who is available before/after school and during Mass Study Hall, but also from classmates.