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LATIN 321/322

Language and Culture

  • Course ID:LATIN 321/322
  • Semesters:2
  • Department:Classics
  • Teachers:Joseph Bissex

Description and Objectives

The objective of this course is conversational familiarity with the literature, art, life, and people that shaped Latin language culture from the early Roman and Greek myths to modern uses. Students will achieve this by encountering original source material and historical fiction, supplemented by Latin grammar and derivative work. Increased fluency in English reading and writing is an accompanying objective.

Topics Covered

  • Greek and Roman myth, drama, history and lifestyle.
  • Early and modern Christian and philosophical use of Latin.
  • Vocabulary and fluency development.


  • Selections from Apollodorus, Ovid, Plutarch, Aeschylus, Shakespeare, Justin Martyr, et al.
  • Augustus, by John Williams
  • Life in Ancient Rome, by Frank Richard Cowell
  • Latin derivatives workbook TBD

Course Requirements

  • Completion of all readings and assignments by the given due date.
  • Active class participation.
  • Evidence of care in preparation for written, oral, and performance assignments
  • Maintenance of the source binder, which will contain all assignments and class notes as well


Assignments include but are not limited to:

  • In-class seminar discussions
  • Class readings of dramatic literature
  • Monologue performance
  • Presentation on an approved fictional or historical character
  • One paper, a literary analysis of an approved work.
  • Workbook exercises

Assignments must be completed according to the prescribed rubric. No credit will be given for late assignments. It is the sole responsibility of the student to communicate any exceptional or prohibiting circumstances.

Successful Students

  • Successful students will be on time and prepared to engage the material. They will display attentiveness to detail, will come to class with binder and other texts as required, will always have pencil and highlighter at hand, and will foster habits of creative initiative and a collaborative spirit.