The Louisiana Classicist

March 20, 2010

summer courses via UMass Boston

Filed under: opportunities — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 8:52 pm
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one course is being offered on campus, two online. Found via Latinteach listserv.

Salvete, Sodales.

Some of you are certainly thinking about summer opportunities in Latin. Below are descriptions for the courses that UMass Boston will offer this summer, suitable for teachers of Latin. Registration information for these and other summer courses, including online beginning Latin, may be found at: http://ccde.umb.edu/credit/summer10/ .

Face to Face: Intensive Latin course: July 19, August 5, 2010: Mon-Thurs, 1-4pm

Latin 313 (undergraduate)/597 (graduate): Juvenal

An intensive reading of selected satires of Juvenal. The aim is to appreciate his uniqueness as a Roman satirist against the background of the satirical tradition in Latin, with primary emphasis on the precedent set by Horace, though some attention will be given to other influences, such as Lucilius, Seneca, and Persius. There will also be glances at the afterlife of Juvenalian satire, particularly in the imitations of Satires III (London) and X (The Vanity of Human Wishes) by Samuel Johnson.

Online Courses: June 1, August 26, 2010

LATIN 302 (undergraduate)/597 (graduate) SPECIAL TOPIC: CAESAR

Julius Caesar’s Commentaries, descriptions of his actions during the Gallic and Civil wars (58-48 BC), are unique. Among the greatest of Latin prose writings, they were produced by a writer who was also Rome’s greatest general. Cicero said that the works merited “the highest praise”, calling them “naked in their simplicity, straightforward yet graceful, stripped of all rhetorical adornment” in explaining Caesar’s campaigns and in offering material for Roman historians. We will read extensive selections, including the passages taught in the AP Latin curriculum, with emphasis both on Caesar’s style and on the historical value of his works.

CLASSICS 280 (undergraduate)/597 (graduate) SPECIAL TOPIC: LIFE & WORKS OF JULIUS CAESAR

In Julius Caesar were combined many remarkable men: Rome’s greatest general, he reformed the calendar which we still use today. His political and legal initiatives transformed Roman government, and his building projects changed the city of Rome and its empire. His Commentaries on the Gallic and Civil Wars were models of the “clean” or “Attic” style of writing which offer both lively narrative and ethnographic description. Readings will include selections from the works of Caesar and his contemporaries, modern scholarship and biography, and discussion of his coins, portrait statues, and building projects.

For further information contact: Jacqueline.Carlon AT umb DOT edu / 617-287-6121

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