CLAS 201L: Latin 3


Course Rules

Course Readings






CLAS 201 L Prof. John P. Adams
Second-year Latin, first semester
(Fall, MWF, TBA)
435 Sierra Tower


: Frederick WHEELOCK, Latin Grammar 6th ed. revised by R. LaFleur (Harper Collins 2000).
             Additional materials will be provided in xerox by the Instructor.

The course will focus on refreshing and polishing up the grammatical knowledge acquired in CLAS 101L and CLAS 102L, by focusing on the readings in the text, especially the "Loci Antiqui" and "Loci Immutati". Emphasis will be placed on acquiring the skills necessary to read paragraphs and complete stories in the Latin original; texts will consist of both prose and poetry. There will also be considerable work on Roman culture and society through the selected readings and class presentations.

CLAS 201L Reading List


  • (1) ATTENDANCE: The attendance policy of the Department of Foreign Languages is that all classes must be attended. However, it is understood that this is sometimes impossible, and so the student is allowed three (-3-) "unexcused absences". Beyond three unexcused absences, the Instructor is entitled (but not required) to lower the student's grade by as much as one full grade (e.g. from B- to C-). Students should keep close watch on their own attendance. There will be a sign-up sheet at each class which the student is responsible for signing; the sheet must be signed in the classroom during the class period. "Excused absences" do not count, if the excuse is presented in writing, with documentation, and it is found by the Instructor to be an acceptable excuse (illness, appearance in court, job interview (a limited number of times), kidnapping [if reported to the FBI] are examples of 'excused absences') Unacceptable excuses include: sleeping-in, meeting relatives at the airport, missed a ride. Car trouble is negotiable. There is no credit given specifically for attendance.

  • (2) CLASS PARTICIPATION:The student should be prepared to volunteer, or accept being volunteered by the Instructor in any class at any time. Learning a language is not a cram situation; it requires continuous attention. Up to 10% of the final course grade. This may include drills through computer programs, which are available in the Language Lab (JR 316) or on-line.

    Electronic helps can be found on the Instructor's list at: Latin Helps

  • (3) QUIZZES:There will be regular quizzes, announced the class before the quiz. Quizzes are held at the end of the class hour. The number of quizzes will depend upon the speed of your progress in Latin. All together, the quizzes will be worth approximately 40% of the final course grade (thus, the more quizzes, the less any one quiz damages your grade).

  • (4) THE MIDTERM (an academic tradition): Comprehensive. 50 minutes. In the 8th week of the class (probably the Friday of that week). Approximately 20% of the final course grade.

  • (5) THE FINAL. Comprehensive. On the day specified in the "Course Schedule". Non-negotiable, unless you have 3 exams on the same day. Exams cannot be given early, by university regulations. So plan your Christmas holiday trips accordingly. The FINAL will be worth about 25-30% of the final course grade. 1 1/2 hours.


  • -To acquire a firm and extensive knowledge of Latin Morphology and Grammar, in all moods of the verb (both regular and irregular) and all declensions of the noun, with adjectives and adverbs as appropriate.

  • -To expand the basic working knowledge of Latin Vocabulary, focusing on the readings in the back of Wheelock, "Loci Antiqui" and "Loci Immutati".

  • -To acquire more sophisticated skills in translating and comprehending the content of complex Latin paragraphs and stories; this will aid in refreshing each student's knowledge of English grammar and syntax as well.

  • -To expand the student's knowledge—through word study and cultural commentary on the Readings—of Roman institutions, Roman social behavior, and Roman ways of thought (the cross-cultural component).

  • -To acquire some familiarity with figures of speech and figures of rhetoric, as found in the class readings.

Revised: 08/03/2007



May 14, 2009 6:45 PM

John Paul Adams, CSUN

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