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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.

Summer Assignment

Turn in two Latin DANs and two Latin Verb Synopses per month, on the last day of each month, for a total of six (6) DANs and six (6) Verb Synopses over the entire summer.

The two completed DANs and two completed Verb Synopses should be submitted as .pdf attachments to an email sent on or before each due date (June 30th, July 31st and August 31st) to the instructor, Mr. Babendreier, at

• DANs must have a noun and adjective from different declensions. Do the six phrases below:

due June 30th:

this republic: haec res publica

hic, haec, hoc; res, rei, f.; publicus, -a, -um

that first charge: ille primus impetus

ille, illa, illud; primus, -a, -um; impetus, -us, m.

due July 31st:

the pardoning queen herself: ipsa regina parcens

ipse, ipsa, ipsum; regina, -ae, f.; parcens, parcentis

a certain king about to return: quidam rex rediturus

due August 31st:

quidam, quaedam, quoddam; rex, regis, m.; rediturus, -a, -um

the same oath having to be sworn: idem ius iurandum

idem, eadem, idem; ius, iuris, n.; iurandus, -a, -um

that stronger castle: istud castellum validius

iste, ista, istud; castellum, -i, n.; validior, validius


• Synopses must have a regular transitive verb (not an intransitive or a deponent verb). Do the six verbs below in the person, number and gender indicated:

due June 30th:

puto, putare, putavi, putatus, think  (1st person singular feminine)

lego, legere, legi, lectus, read  (3rd person plural neuter)

due July 31st:

doceo, docere, docui, doctus, teach  (2nd person singular neuter)

capio, capere, cepi, captus, take  (1st person plural masculine)

due August 31st:

aperio, aperire, aperui, apertus, open  (2nd person plural feminine)

traho, trahere, traxi, tractus, pull  (3rd person singular masculine)

These assignments represent the minimum required, will be graded and will be included in your first-quarter grade.

Any DANs and Verb Synopses done with sufficient correctness over the summer beyond the minimum will count as extra credit toward your first-quarter grade. You will have to choose your own words to make these additional DANs and Verb Synopses.  It is recommended that you choose words from the Dickinson College Latin Vocabulary List.