Beginning Latin

Learn the language of ancient Romans, medieval monks, and Renaissance humanists--a language with nearly 2000 years of literature and history!

The three course sequence (LAT 101, 102, 103) fulfills the B.A. language requirement.

No previous foreign language experience needed.

Emperor Augustus

LAT 101 offered Terms 5 or 6; LAT 102 Terms 7 or 8; LAT 103 Term 1.

Why take Latin?

  • Knowing Latin puts you in touch with the writers and the thinkers who created western civilization.
  • You will understand the culture, literature, politics, and social life of ancient Rome first-hand, in the words of Cicero, Vergil, and Horace
  • Latin is an excellent way to improve your vocabulary and grammar in English since over 60% of English vocabulary is derived from Latin.
  • Latin is the key to learning other modern languages, especially French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish.
  • The Romans' achievements in government, art and architecture, city-planning, literature, medicine, and law continue to shape our modern world.
  • Knowing Latin is an excellent preparation for further study in law, literature, medicine, philosophy, science, theatre, theology.
  • Unlike modern languages, you need only three courses of Latin to fulfill the B.A. language requirements
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Syllabus for Latin 101

Sample Syllabus for Latin 205

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Latin 4-205 Introduction to Latin Literature and Culture

Herculaneum fresco of a Roman banquet

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Latin 6-313 The Age of Augustus


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