LTN 460 Fall 2008
Dr. Edwin Carawan
Office Hours: 1pm MWF....2pm TTh
390A Craig Hall, phone 836-4831
Texts and Materials: Livy Book 1, Gaissner and McClain (eds., Bryn Mawr Commentary);
or Livius Ab Urbe Condita, Libri i-v, edd.
et Walters (OUP) Conway
Elementary Latin Dictionary, Lewis (or equivalent)
You should also have access to a good reference grammar (Goodwin, Gildersleeve, or equivalent)
Online text and commentary: Livy Book 1 and Perseus
Bookmark and refer here regularly for updates
Objectives and Requirements:
The aim of this course is to build reasonable facility and confidence in reading Latin prose of
the Augustan era. Livy is our guide. We will try to cover major sections of books 1 and 2.
Along the way we will review and introduce more advanced grammar as needed or as suits the material (beginning with review of basic verbs and infinitive constructions, week 1)
Try to master the reading passages for clear and accurate translation, but also practice reading aloud: much is lost if we miss that dimension of style and the way the phrasing 'flows'.
You should be prepared to give the assignments a good, focused 3-4 hours preparation per meeting
(more if needed).
In our regular meetings you will not be allowed to use a prepared translation as a 'crutch'.
Of course when you prepare the assigned passage you may want to write out a translation,
but in class you will not be allowed to consult it. Instead, you should keep and consult notes of new vocabulary, problematic grammar and phrasing. This rule is to discourage the insidious practice of memorizing a translation: Be prepared to read the Latin that is there.
The course grade will be the average of 2-3 quizzes (50-60%), homework and in-class exercises (15-20%); and final exam (25-30%).
LTN 460 works toward addressing the following departmental B.S.Ed. criteria: Ability to read, understand, and interpret written documents and works of literature in Latin where relevant, as well as in translation.
See Policy on Academic Integrity, Make-ups, special needs and non-discrimination.
Thorough preparation and active participation day-by-day is absolutely essential.
Aug. 26. . . Salvete! Introduction to Livy.
Aug. 28....Livy 1.1. sections 1-5 (as time permits).
Begin review with Basic Verb Chart:
Vocab help: form infinitives.
Sept. 2 . Livy 1.1.6-10 (at least)
Sept. 9 ..Livy 1.3 (vocab)
Sept. 11 ...Livy 1.4-5 (vocab)
Sept. 18 … Liv.1.6-7 (Liv.1.6 init. oultined)
Sept. 25-30 … Livy 1.9 outlined
Oct. 7 … Livy 1.11f outlined (translate for hand-in)
Oct. 21 … Livy 1.15.6-16.8
Oct. 23 ... Livy 1. 17-18.5
Oct. 28 . . Quiz 2 (3 passages, Liv.1.8-18)
Nov. 4 … Livy 1. 20-21
Nov. 6 . . . Livy 1. 34-35.6
Nov. 11 … Livy 1. 36-7
Nov. 13 ... meeting in Craig 316 (lab next door)
In-class exercise (small groups), Liv. 1.38.3-39 (esp. Servius Tullius)
Nov. 18 … Livy 1.40-1, murder of Tarquinius Priscus
Nov. 20 … Livy 1. 44-5 (read over chh. 42-3 in English)
Nov. 25 … Livy 1. 46-7
Dec. 2 .... Livy 1. 47.7 - 49.3
Dec. 4 ... Livy 1. 55-6
Dec. 9 .... Livy 1. 56.9--58.5
Dec.11 .... Livy 1.58.6–59.4 and review, chh. 34-6 (atp)
Final Exam ...Tues. Dec. 16, 11am
(or as arranged).