Students in this year’s Latin 4 and Latin 5 course, listed in the Program of Studies as Roman Authors: 2, are translating and discussing poems of Catullus, that embrace all manner of topics: including the passion of his love affair with Lesbia, his ridicule of a bad poet, his annoyance at the behavior of a boor who stole his napkin at a dinner party, and his sentiment on his departure from his comrades as they are all about make their journeys home by different routes. We shall also translate the Pro Archia of Cicero, the Roman orator who defended his mentor, the Greek poet Archias; he has been threatened with deportation on the charge that he has not fulfilled the requirements of citizenship. Later in the year, we shall also take up poems of Horace – the real-life, adult Quintus whom we met in our earlier courses.
Texts and materials used in the course:
In translating from the poetry of Catullus.
Catulllus: Expanded Edition. Henry V. Bender, Phyllis Forsyth, eds., 1988. Catullus: The Poems. Kenneth Quinn, ed., 1970, 1973.
Catullus and Horace: Selections from Their Lyric Poetry. Andrew C.
Aronson, Robert Boughner, eds., Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc., 2005.
In translating from the poetry of Horace.
A Horace Reader for Advanced Placement. Henry V. Bender, ed.
Horace: The Odes. Kenneth Quinn, ed., 1998.
Catullus and Horace: Selections from Their Lyric Poetry. Andrew C. Aronson, Robert Boughner, eds., 1964.
In translating Cicero’s Oratio Pro Archia Poeta.
Principal text: Cicero: Pro Archia Poeta. Steven M. Cerutti, ed., (Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc.), 1998.
Further readings: Two Centuries Roman Poetry, eds. E. C. Kennedy & A. R. Davis.
In addition, students are provided with printed documents and pictorial represenations that supplement the readings of the course.
Students continue to learn additional Latin vocabulary and English derivatives throughout the course.
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