Elementary Latin II (Encourse)

Elementary Latin II

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Taught by Dr. Philip Walsh

The second semester of “Elementary Latin” will complete your introduction to the basic elements of the Latin language. It will emphasize the fundamentals of grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension – in other words, all of the tools necessary to develop a sound reading proficiency in Latin. Last semester, we began reading connected passages and short selections of unaltered Latin; this semester, these readings will become more prominent as our knowledge of Latin advances. You will not be expected to speak Latin, but you should have at this point a good classical pronunciation and know where to place important accents.

Nōn scholae, sed vītae discimus – We learn not for school, but for life!

Several practical advantages accrue from the study of classical languages. Introductory knowledge of Latin, for example, increases knowledge of English vocabulary and grammar, which is invaluable no matter what academic or professional field you pursue. Familiarity with Latin also facilitates the learning of the Romance languages, which are descended from it. Most importantly, however, the study of Latin reinforces the importance of close reading, patience, and intellectual discipline. You will learn to manage complexity, to persevere in the face of the unknown, and to love learning for its own sake. 

Preceptor sessions will be held on Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm for M.A. students only.


This Encourse offering was prepared in the Fall 2012 semester and features Dr. Philip Walsh as recorded course lecturer and Dr. Carol Leibiger as live course preceptor.

Week One (5/13 – 5/17):

  • Intrōductiō and Wheelock Chapter XXII
  • Wheelock Caput XXIII

Week Two (5/20 – 5/24):

  • Wheelock Caput XXIV
  • Wheelock Caput XXV

Week Three (5/27 – 5/31):

  • Wheelock Caput XXVI
  • Wheelock Caput XXVII

Quiz #1 (on material through Caput XXVII)

Week Four (6/3 – 6/7):

  • Wheelock Caput XXVIII
  • Wheelock Caput XXIX

Quiz #2 (on material through Caput XXVIII)

Week Five (6/10 – 6/14):

  • Wheelock Caput XXX
  • Wheelock Caput XXXI

Quiz #3 (on material through Caput XXX)

Week Six (6/17 – 6/21):

  • Wheelock Caput XXXII
  • Review, Capita XXI-XXXII

WEEKEND MID-TERM TEST (on material through Caput XXXII)

Week Seven (6/24 – 6/28):

  • Wheelock Caput XXXIII
  • Wheelock Caput XXXIV

Week Eight (7/1 – 7/5):

  • Wheelock Caput XXXV
  • Wheelock Caput XXXVI

Quiz #4 (on material through Caput XXXIV)

Week Nine (7/8 – 7/12):

  • Wheelock Caput XXXVII
  • Wheelock Caput XXXVIII

Quiz #5 (on material through Caput XXXVI)

Week Ten (7/15 – 7/19):

  • Wheelock Caput XXXIX
  • Wheelock Caput XL

Quiz #6 (on material through Caput XXVIII)

Week Eleven (7/22 – 7/26):

  • Review, Wheelock Capita XXXII-XL


*caput is Latin for chapter

Required Texts

  1. Wheelock’s Latin, 7th edition – F.M. Wheelock
  2. English Grammar for Students of Latin, 3rd edition – N.W. Goldman

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