Submitted by Christopher V. Trinacty (inactive) on Friday, 11/13/2009, at 9:39 AM

Latin 01:  An Introduction to Latin Language and Literature


Amherst College                                                          Professor Christopher Trinacty

Fall 2009                                                                     Grosvenor House 12

MWF 10:00-10:50                                                      Office Hours MWF 11:00-12:00

Converse 209                                                      

Thurs. night review 7:00-9:00 p.m.  in                            413.542.8126
Chapin 103


Course Description

In this class, we will engage in an intensive exploration of the Latin language with the goal of mastering as much of the morphology, syntax, and grammar as possible in one semester.  This is a fast-paced class that requires your full attention and involvement, but the rewards are substantial.  As language is one component of culture, we will also spice up the lessons by discussing the art, mythology, and history of Rome.  At the end of the semester you will possess the skills necessary to translate any work of Latin literature, history, philosophy, etc. (with the aid of a lexicon).  The speeches of Cicero, the poetry of Vergil, and the annals of Tacitus are all within your reach – sapere aude: incipe(Horace Ep. 1.2.40-1).


Learning a new language takes dedication, hard work, and time.  In addition to classroom hours, you should set aside an hour or two a day to study Latin.  I recommend making flashcards, working with other students outside of class, and reviewing past assignments.  We will also have study sessions on Thursday nights in which we will review the material for the weekly quizzes or exams.


Required Textbook

Moreland, Floyd L. and Rita M. Fleischer (1977) Latin: An Intensive Course. Berkeley.



In any introductory language class, the most effective way to learn the language is to come to class, prepared and willing to contribute.  Attendance and participation are essential to your progress and, therefore, are a large part of your grade.  Tardiness and unexcused absences will adversely impact your grade.  Every Friday you will hand in your homework for the week and take a quiz or exam.  Supplementary assignments may include museum presentations, short essays, and group translations.


Attendance and Participation:  35%                 Homework: 10%

Quizzes: 10%                                                         Additional Assignments: 5%

Tests:  20%                                                               Final Exam (date TBA):  20%



Sept. 8th:  Introduction to Class             

 Homework: Read Grammatical Review (8-11); Glossary of Important Terms (12-19); Chap 1 (pp. 20-29)

Sept. 9th:  Discussion of Reading                    

 Homework:  Unit One – Exercises (p. 33, 1-12)

Sept. 10th:  Review Session:  We will look over Drills (I, II, III) and discuss any questions you may have.

Sept. 11th:  Discussion of Exercises.                   

 Homework:  Unit One – Exercises (p. 34, 1-2).  Read Unit Two (pp. 35-7).  Write out one first conjugation, and one  second conjugation verb in all the tenses/moods you have learned thus  far.

Sept. 14th:  Discussion of Exercises, Verbal Mood, Conditional Sentences

 Homework:  Unit Two – Drill (p.43; II, 1-14)   

Sept. 16th:  Further discussion of Conditions     

 Homework:  Unit Two – Exercises (p.44-5, 1-10)

Sept. 17th:  Review Session:  We will review verb tenses/moods.

Sept. 18th:  Discussion of Exercises, Quiz #1    

 Homework:  Unit Two – (p. 46 1-2, Reading - all)


Further Schedules will be provided on the course website:


Final Words

I realize that learning a language in adulthood can be difficult and want to help each one of you in your study of Latin.  If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to come see me.  I am usually in my office (besides Thursday) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and have an open door policy, so feel free to stop by to discuss the pluperfect, Aeneas, or Latin oratory.