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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

Course Description and Objectives

The objective of this course is to understand how the Romans and their Greek influences shaped our modern ideas about language, literature, art, education, government, and family life. Students will achieve this synthesis by encountering original source material and modern fiction and prose, supplemented by work with Latin derivatives. Increased fluency in English reading and writing is an accompanying objective.


Topics Covered

  • Greek and Roman myth, drama, history and literature, and modern adaptations.
  • Early and modern Christian, dramatic, and philosophical use of Latin.
  • Vocabulary and derivative fluency development.



  • Selections from Apollodorus, Ovid, Plutarch, Aeschylus, and Sophocles
  • Selections from Shakespeare, Hawthorne, Kipling
  • Selections from Justin Martyr, Ignatius of Loyola, Thomas Aquinas, papal encyclicals, et al.
  • Augustus, by John Williams

Course Requirements

Course Requirements

  • Completion of all readings and assignments by if not before 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


Types of assignments include:

  • In-class seminar discussions
  • Derivative research and use
  • Monologue performances
  • Journal entries imitating character voices
  • 1-2 two-page essays per quarter
  • Binder notes

Successful Students

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 at hand, and will foster habits of creative initiative and a collaborative spirit.