Latin and the Legacy of the Roman World

Spring 2017 (3 credits)


Course Description

This course offers an introduction to Latin. The emphasis is on basic vocabulary and grammar, with relevant elements of Classical culture, and the legacy of the Romans in modern times.


Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this semester, students should be able to:

  • recognise and exemplify three basic noun patterns (declensions) in Latin;
  • recognise and exemplify one pattern of adjectives in Latin;
  • recognise and exemplify the present, future and imperfect tenses of two types of regular verb and some important irregular verbs;
  • understand the concepts of grammatical case and gender;
  • understand the principle of inflection in grammar, and its operation in Latin;
  • translate simple statements and questions from Latin to English;
  • use reference tools such as Latin dictionaries and lexicons;
  • understand how Latin can be used in modern English word formation;
  • understand the etymology of a number of English words derived from Latin;
  • recognise some allusions to ancient Roman culture which are reflected in modern English vocabulary and expressions;
  • appreciate the role of Latin in European culture.