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Course: Latin V (Latin Literature)

V Latin V (Latin Literature) • Offering for 2018 • Grade 10 or above • Latin Sequence
* Primary Instructor
Bruce McMenomy
* Sections
[Enrolled students will be notified if teacher schedules change between course posting at the time enrollment opens and the scheduled start of classes. Please see Tuition and Fees for refund policy.]
Section 1 Instructor: Bruce McMenomy
Classes meet from September 4, 2018 to June 7, 2019
Friday 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET
Enrollment Policy: Full Year Only
Tuition: $500.00

* Website
Please review more extensive materials at the teacher's Latin V (Latin Literature) website.
* Description
For capable and seasoned students who still retain a sense of fun, this course focuses on the range and variety of Latin lyric poetry through the works of Catullus, humorous, allusive, and changeable, and Horace, often more serious, but equally brilliant. Our goal here is to appreciate the works as poetry on their own, as well as examples of the Latin language, building on the poetical foundations we began to build in Latin IV. Between them the two poets encompass an astounding range of tonality and temperament.

The course follows the College Board’s now-extinct curriculum for AP Latin Literature (Catullus was required; Horace was selected from a list of options). While that AP exam is no longer being offered, its material remains timeless and engaging.
* Meetings
This course meets once a week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
* Homework
Weekly readings requiring both accurate translation and interpretive analysis; some reading of secondary material. Students who have arrived at this level by coming through Latin IV should expect to spend about an hour a day outside class. Those who have not taken Latin IV will probably need to spend somewhat longer, though this will inevitably vary depending on specific background.
* Prerequisites
Latin III or equivalent. This course may be taken either before or after Latin IV, though following the numerical sequence will probably afford the smoothest path.
* Recommended background
Latin IV is recommended; some familiarity with other Latin literature is highly encouraged. Western Literature to Dante will prove helpful in providing historical and literary context, but is not required.
V Textbooks and Materials
* Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar
J. B. Greenough, G. L. Kittredge, A. A. Howard, Benj. L. D'Ooge, Anne Mahoney
This text is required.
ISBN: 1585100277
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: The hardbound copy may be substituted; if money is an issue, one can dispense with this and rely on the online version, which is accessible through the Moodle website. Access to the text in some form, however, is essential for the various grammatical issues that arise.
* Horace: Selected Odes and Satire
Q. Horatius Flaccus, Ronnie Ancona
This text is required.
ISBN: 0865166080
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
* The Catullan Revolution (Edition: 1)
Kenneth Quinn
This text is required.
ISBN: 1853996009
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: The older edition will suffice if one can find it used.
* Writing Passion: A Catullus Reader
C. Valerius Catullus, Ronnie Ancona
This text is required.
ISBN: 0865164827
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
* Latin Dictionary Founded on Andrew's Edition of Freund's Latin Dictionary
Charlton T. Lewis, Charles Short, William Freund
This text is recommended; purchase and use is optional.
ISBN: 0198642016
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: This is one of the larger (and more expensive) dictionaries available for serious Latinists. Unlike the larger and more recent Oxford Latin Dictionary, its range extends up to about 600 A. D., and so is more useful for those interested in Mediaeval Latin. Definitely not required, though some suitable dictionary is required. This is old enough that it is also available in many forms in addition to the cumbersome volume from Oxford: the Logeion site online offers its material for free and in very good format.
* Oxford Latin Dictionary
P. G. W. Glare
This text is recommended; purchase and use is optional.
ISBN: 0198642245
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Emphatically not required, this is probably the most comprehensive Classical Latin dictionary avaiable in English today; it is also the most expensive. Its coverage does not extend much beyond A.D. 200, however, and so it is probably not as useful as Lewis and Short for those who want to pursue later Latin.


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