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A study of selected Latin texts and unseen passages, with emphasis on the development of knowledge of the language.
This course offers a review and consolidation of grammar learned in CLAS 145, as well as the study of selected Latin texts and unseen passages. Class sessions will be devoted to lecture, exercises, translation and applying knowledge to Latin inscriptions and graffiti. Students will be assigned homework every day and will be expected to bring completed homework to class and to read answers to prepared exercises or read out their prepared translations if called on. There will also be group work on new exercises and previously unseen Latin.
Students who pass this course will acquire:1. A complete, basic knowledge of Latin grammar and inflections.2. Basic skills required for the translation of unedited ancient Latin texts.3. An understanding of how Latin texts provide information about Roman history, literature, society and culture acquired by reading adapted Latin texts. 4. An understanding of the Latin roots of many words in modern European languages, English, and even transliterated words in Māori.5. By the end of the course, knowledge and skills required to read extended, unedited passages of Latin with the help of a commentary in CLAS245: Intermediate Latin Authors B.Transferrable skills for future employment:6. In-depth knowledge of English grammar and a better-developed vocabulary in English.7. Well-disciplined study habits and better time-management skills.8. Ability to memorize large quantities of material.9. Confidence in sharing prepared work and opinions with a group.10. Ability to turn up to class every day, prepared, as one would for a job.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
CLAS145 or CLAS143. Students without the prerequisite but with previous experience in the language may be admitted to the course at the discretion of the Programme Coordinator.
Frederic M. Wheelock and Richard A. LaFleur;
New York: Harpercollins College Outline, 2011 (Available at the University Bookshop).
Norma W. Goldman;
English Grammar for Students of Latin
Ann Arbor, USA: Olivia and Hill Press, 2004 (Available in the University Bookshop).
P.T. Comeau and R.A. LaFleur;
Workbook for Wheelock’s Latin
3rd ed. revised;
Harper Collins Outline, 2000 (Copies are available in the UC library).
Domestic fee $746.00
International fee $3,038.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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Humanities and Creative Arts