Elementary Latin II

Disclaimer: The information on this page is provided as an overview. The course outline, readings, and assignments may be subject to change in the final syllabus as determined by the lecturer and/or preceptors.

Prerequisite: Elementary Latin I or an equivalent course at another academic institution (subject to instructor approval)

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.

This class features pre-recorded lectures from Dr. Philip Walsh. Credit students will also attend live one-hour preceptor sessions twice per week. Students will be expected to watch the assigned lectures (about 45 minutes each) before each preceptor session. The time of these sessions will be determined when the scheduling needs of the students are known.

Course Schedule

There will be 2 one-hour prerecorded lectures per week, with two weekly discussion sessions as assigned. During the semester students will work through Wheelock chapters 22 – 40.

Week One

  • Intrōductiō and Wheelock Chapter XXII
  • Wheelock Caput XXIII

Week Two

  • Wheelock Caput XXIV
  • Wheelock Caput XXV

Week Three

  • Wheelock Caput XXVI
  • Wheelock Caput XXVII

Quiz #1

Week Four

  • Wheelock Caput XXVIII
  • Wheelock Caput XXIX

Quiz #2

Week Five

  • Wheelock Caput XXX
  • Wheelock Caput XXXI

Quiz #3

Week Six

  • Wheelock Caput XXXII
  • Review, Capita XXI-XXXII

Weekend Mid-Term Test

Week Seven

  • Wheelock Caput XXXIII
  • Wheelock Caput XXXIV

Week Eight

  • Wheelock Caput XXXV
  • Wheelock Caput XXXVI

Quiz #4

Week Nine

  • Wheelock Caput XXXVII
  • Wheelock Caput XXXVIII

Quiz #5

Week Ten

  • Wheelock Caput XXXIX
  • Wheelock Caput XL

Quiz #6

Week Eleven

  • Review, Wheelock Capita XXXII-XL

Final Exam

*caput is Latin for chapter

Required Texts

The Amazon links are provided for convenience only, and we encourage students to purchase texts wherever they wish.

Course History

This course has been offered in the following semesters.

Fall 2017Dr. Faith Acker
Summer 2016Dr. Faith Acker
Summer 2013Dr. Carol Leibiger
Fall 2012Dr. Faith Acker, Dr. Carol Leibiger

Course Artwork

Course artwork was created by Alicia Fox-Lenz.

The second semester of Elementary Latin completes the introduction to the basic elements of the Latin language, emphasizing the fundamentals of grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.

START: August 28, 2017

DURATION: 12 Weeks

ID: LNGB 5302