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Meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Prerequisites: Latin III (or equivalent).

Latin IV: 2½ hours per week, 32 weeks

We begin by reading Rome's national epic, the Aeneid of Vergil, one of the masterpieces of world literature.

We follow Aeneas as he leaves the burning city of Troy, travels to Carthage and meets Dido, travels to the underworld, and finally meets his destiny in Italy.  We'll also discuss what the Aeneid tells us about the Romans and their culture.

And, for fun, we'll learn how to scan Roman poetry.

Latin Class Objectives

Why study Latin?

Latin students learn grammar, which directly improves their English grammar.  Latin students consistently score higher than other language students on the verbal portion of the SAT.  Latin vocabulary makes the study of any science easier.  And, as at least one Latin textbook mentions, the study of Latin makes anything else seem easy in comparison.

Class Materials

Textbook: Cambridge Latin Course Unit 4 Student Text North American, edition 2, ©2003.  ISBN-13: 978-0-521-53414-7
by North American Cambridge Classics Project

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Martha Bowers

Martha received her B.A. in classics (Greek and Latin language and literature) from Randolph-Macon Woman's College.  She attended graduate school in classics at the University of Iowa, where she taught Latin and Ancient Literature.


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