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Latin Language & Culture

LATIN 321/322

Latin Language & Culture

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

Description and Objectives


The Course Goal:

This course is designed for those who have some familiarity with the Latin language and have a desire to continue the study of Latin, as well as gain a better understanding of the cultural and historical context out of which the language was born and developed.

Though the study of the Latin language is not the primary focus of this course, Latin grammar, vocabulary, comprehension and pronunciation will be studied throughout the course of the year. The history of the Roman people, as well as how life was lived in ancient Rome, will be studied extensively in this course.

Course Structure:

This course will have a three-pronged approach. Part of the time, we will focus on the history of Rome. Alternatively, we will discuss and study selected readings from ancient times so as to understand other cultural, technological, religious and social aspects of Roman life.  Lastly, we will study the Latin language itself.



  • The Greek & Latin Roots of English by D. Green
  • Mythology by E. Hamilton


Course Requirements

As indicated in the syllabus, a quarterly evaluation of a student’s progress in the course will be composed of the following:

  • Quiz (weekly) – 40%
  • Tests – 60%

Please read the syllabus (above) for complete details of the course’s structure and grading.


Successful Students

The hallmark of any academically successful student is diligence.  In our circumstances, it is a “forward leaning” disposition towards academic work — its care and completion.  The acquisition of this virtue should be highly sought after for its applicability not only to academic studies, but a host of non-academic contexts throughout one’s life.  Students can even have little interest in a given subject (like, say, the study of anything related to the Latin language), but still exhibit a diligence toward assignments or in tackling course difficulties, and yet remain academically successful in the course.

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