Latin 236

Advanced Latin Grammar and Composition

Fall 2008



Robert W. Cape, Jr., Professor of Classics


AD 310      

PHONE: x2241      

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3:00-4:00pm MWF and by appointment or just dropping by.



·  Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar, edited by J. B. Greenough, et al. (Boston: Ginn, 1931 [1888]), updated by Anne Mahoney (Newburyport, Mass.: Focus, 2001).

·  Review and Test Preparation Guide for the Intermediate Latin Student, by Sally Davis (Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1995).

·  Cassell's Latin Dictionary, by D. P. Simpson (New York: MacMillan 1958; 5th ed. 1968).

·  Bradley's Arnold Latin Prose Composition, by Thomas K. Arnold, revised by G.G. Bradley & J.F. Mountford, edited by Donald Sprague. (Bolchazy-Carducci, 2005).

This course provides a systematic review of basic Latin grammar and an introduction to more advanced Latin syntax and prose composition. The first part of the course will be devoted to a detailed review of Latin morphology and word formation in the context of composing simple Latin sentences. The second will cover syntax. The final part of the course will focus on developing writing skills and an understanding of the range of stylistic expression in Latin. There will be substantial writing exercises throughout the course and the weekly exercises and compositions are to be handed in on Monday.

The purpose of this course is to sharpen and solidify your grasp of Latin grammar and to introduce you to the expressive possibilities of Latin prose. At the end of the semester you should be able to:

  1. recognize, understand, and produce the forms of Latin nouns, adjectives, pronouns and verbs
  2. understand the syntax of Latin noun cases, including idiomatic uses
  3. understand the uses of Latin verb tenses and moods
  4. write short passages of Latin prose using sentences of moderate complexity (e.g. showing alternation between moods and tenses, employing more than one level of subordination, using appropriate style)

The grading system for this course is S/U only. Grading will be based on participation and the quality of homework and compositions. There will be a take-home final. The grade percentages are as follows:

Attendance & Participation


Weekly Compositions


Final (take-home composition)


Regular attendance and participation are absolutely necessary in a course of this nature. We shall meet once a week for approximately two hours. You will be allowed two absences during the semester, and you are asked to notify the instructor at least a day before the class meets. Absences in excess of two will lower the final grade by 5%.

Austin College's Standards of Academic Integrity are assumed to apply to your work for this course. The Academic Integrity Policy can be found in the "Student Conduct" section of The Austin College Environment. All work must be your own.

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Robert W. Cape, Jr.
Professor of Classics
Classical & Modern Languages
900 N. Grand Ave., Suite 61653
Sherman, TX 75090-4440
phone: (903) 813-2241   fax: (903) 813-2011 

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