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, students will begin to read, write, and pronounce Classical Latin. They will obtain understanding of inflection and basic verb tenses along with other foundational grammatical knowledge. 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. Students will also begin to read sentences in original Latin.
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.
- Informal student-led group study sessions will be planned throughout the semester for students to ask questions and practice their Latin skills.