Latin is everywhere! Perhaps you’ve used the phrases ‘per se,’ ‘per diem,’ ‘per capita?’ Or maybe even some phrases without ‘per?’ For instance: ‘et cetera,’ ‘memo,’ ‘versus,’ ‘via,’ ‘ergo,’ or ‘de facto?’
Before learning Latin, you may just be concerned about using them properly. After learning some Latin, you’ll be gratified to recognize that per still takes the accusative and de takes the ablative.
Maybe you’ve read some Shakespeare and heard “Et tu, Brute?” Is it Et tu, Brute or “Ey” tu, Brute? Was Julius Caesar French or Roman? Or have you ever seen someone with a tattoo that says ‘Semper Fi?’ Before learning Latin, you will see a tattoo on a member of the American Marine Corp. After learning Latin, you’ll see a tattoo that you can get excited about because it contains a partitive genitive.
In this class, which is a continuation of our Fall Semester class, students will continue to expand their vocabulary and knowledge of Latin grammar. Building on their knowledge of inflection and present system verbs, we will be able to explore more original readings from Roman authors. Through reading and direct grammar instruction, we will expand our grammatical foundations, encountering the perfect system, conditionals, 3rd declension nouns, and much more. By studying vocabulary, grammar, and syntax, students will not only gain an appreciation for Latin, but will also learn more about English, other Romance languages, and language in general.
Note to parents:
- In this class, we will be reading Latin that was written by Roman writers. Although detail is not included, some of the readings may contain mature content or themes, which may include violence (including rape), death, references to sex, and ample amount of misogyny. While these themes may be present, as they are in many world mythologies (like Greek Mythology), fairy tales, and literature, they are not the primary focus of our class. The main focus of the class is Latin language acquisition.
- This course is a continuation of Athena’s Introductory Latin – Fall course.