91917

LAT 101

Beginning Latin I

Robert Cioffi

James Romm

M T W Th ††††††††††††††† 9:00 am-10:00 am

OLINLC 118

FL

FLLC

This two-semester sequence is designed to equip students who have no prior knowledge of Latin with the proficiency to read Latin poetry and prose in the original. An emphasis on grammatical exercises and drills will be gradually combined with reading short selections from a wide range of Latin literature. Class size: 16

 

91918

LAT 201

intermediate latin: Livy

Robert Cioffi

M TTh 4:40 pm Ė 5:40 pm

OLINLC 210

FL

FLLC

Cross-listed: Classical StudiesThis course is the continuation of Latin 106, and also serves as a transition course for students with some background in high-school Latin who wish to continue their studies at Bard. Emphasis will be on building and consolidating knowledge of Latin grammar, syntax, and morphology, and on developing reading fluency and an appreciation for Latin style. After reviewing and completing the material in the textbook, we will undertake a sustained close reading of selections from Book 1 of Livyís History of Rome, focusing on Romulus and Remus, Romeís early expansion, and on Lucretia and the populist expulsion of the tyrant Tarquinius Superbus. We will consider this text both as an example of Livyís famously rich Latin prose, and through the lens of its Roman context as an ideologically charged foundation myth. Class size: 15

91919

LAT 301

Advanced Latin: Vergil

Rana Liebert

TTh ††† 11:50 am-1:10 pm

OLINLC 118

FL

FLLC

In this course we will read the works that launched Vergilís poetic career: the Eclogues and the Georgics. The Eclogues, a collection of ten short poems that inspired the European tradition of pastoral poetry, conjure an intriguing fictional world in the Italian countryside that the author uses to interrogate his own volatile political situation. The Georgics, a didactic poem on agriculture that mixes myth and manual, also uses a rustic backdrop to explore political and philosophical themes.We will study Vergilís innovative reworking of Greek poetic traditions in these poems as well as their political and social commentary. Class size: 14