Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Latn 388 Readings in Latin Literature

Spring 2014

Readings in Latin Literature

LATN 388



Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Spring 2014

Day & Time: TBA

Location: TBA

Prof. Marco Conti

Email:  marcocnt@yahoo.co.uk

Office & Office Hours:  TBA


Course Description:

The main purpose of this course is to enable students to broaden their knowledge of both Latin literature and language through the practical exercise of reading passages from classical and later Latin authors. In the course of the readings, the main morphological, syntactical and stylistic phenomena of Classical and Later Latin will be examined and discussed, as well as the historical and literary context of each author. 

Since departments or students themselves are in the best position to judge what Latin authors meet their requirements in the best way, we leave to them the choice of the authors and works to be read in the course of our lectures. There is no particular restriction, so that authors from Plautus to the Latin Fathers can be proposed by the department to which the students belong, or by the students themselves.

Since sometimes students from the same institution and department need to follow different programs in Latin, two different LATN 388 courses can be organized to meet the department’s and students’ requirements.   


Each lecture will involve three main activities:


1. Reading of passages from Latin authors and examination of their lexicon, morphology and syntax. In the course of this examination, each morphological and syntactical phenomenon will be expounded through the use of a Latin Primer, so that students may recognize the different phenomena both in their theoretical presentation and their practical use in the text of an ancient author.


2. Translation of the passages: this practice will be quite important to understand the problems which any translation from a foreign language causes, and the different possibilities and choices that a translator can have between literal or freer translations in order to make a translation as correct and readable as possible.


3. Discussion in class of the style and psychological/ideological attitude of the author in the context of his personal experience and historical context in which he lived.   


The course will have three main aspects:


1)      A descriptive one focusing on a systematic examination of the main morphological, syntactical and stylistic phenomena of Latin language in general.


2)       A practical one involving a regular examination and translation of passages from the works of an ancient Latin author.


3)      A historical-literary one concerning the personal experience of the author in the context of his historical age.






Students will be able to translate passages from ancient Latin authors, and comment on them by analyzing their morphological and syntactical structure, their style and their historical content and context.


Learning Objectives

1. Students will have the possibility to re-examine all the main morphological and syntactical phenomena of Latin language by practically reading and analyzing sections from a classical or later Latin work.


2.  Students will become familiar with passages in highly idiomatic Latin language.


3. Students will be able to study and discuss the historical, biographical and literary context of the Latin authors examined in the course of the lectures. 



Learning Activities

1.  Description and analysis in class of the main morphological and syntactical aspects of classical and later Latin language.


2. Reading, translation and analysis of passages in Latin with a close examination of their grammar, syntax and style in general.  


3. Discussion of the biography of the author(s) and his(their) historical age.




Evaluation Methods: 

Evaluation will include participation, homework, a midterm and a final exam.


Grade Breakdown:              

Participation                                                    10%

Midterm Exam                                                30 %

Homework                                                      10%

Final exam                                                       50%

Total:                                                              100%





Attendance Policy:

Attendance is mandatory. Three (3) unexcused absences will result in the lowering of your final letter grade by one complete grade. (For example, an A will drop to a B, an A- to a B-, etc.) Four or more unexcused absences may result in failure for the course.  Please see the Dean’s office to have your absences officially excused.


Required Texts:


1) Photocopies of passages from Latin works to be provided by instructor.