Latin 36

Advanced Latin Grammar & Composition

Fall 2002


Robert W. Cape, Jr., Associate Professor of Classics


PHONE: x2241

MAIL: 61653



11:00-12:00 MWF, & 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).

  • 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. 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. There will be substantial writing exercises throughout the course and the weekly exercises and compositions are to be handed in the Friday before the class meets.

    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, using 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 breakdown is 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 (exact time and room to be decided in the first week). 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%.

    The Austin College Standards of Integrity are assumed to apply to your work for this course.

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

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