Latin

Yale-NUS offers various courses in the Latin Program. For specific questions about the courses, please contact the relevant faculty.

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Courses

For a list of courses taught this coming semester, please visit the OurCORS site. For a complete list of courses, see below.

YLL1201 Beginning Latin

Instructor(s): Steven Green

Pre-requisite(s): None

This intensive course offers four days a week of language instruction in Attic Latin for beginners. Instruction will cover the writing systems, vocabulary, and syntax of ancient Roman texts. Students will develop linguistic and cultural knowledge in ancient Mediterranean antiquity, and achieve a basic reading level by the end of the semester.

Textbook:

Title Author Publisher ISBN
Reading Latin P.V. Jones & K.D. Sidwell Cambridge University Press 1107632269

YLL2201 Intermediate Latin

Instructor(s): Steven Green

Pre-requisite(s): YLL1201 or with permission of the instructor

Building on Beginning Latin, Intermediate Latin continues the study of Latin to some of the more advanced constructions. Students will gain an increased working vocabulary and be exposed to a greater variety of real Latin texts and their place in Roman culture more generally. On successful completion of Intermediate Latin, students will be able to read un-adapted Latin texts with appropriate guidance and supporting materials, and will be eligible to enrol for Advanced Latin and/ or a relevant linguistic 2MC Independent Study course.

Textbook:

Title Author Publisher ISBN
Reading Latin P.V. Jones & K.D. Sidwell Cambridge University Press 1107632269

YLL3201 Advanced Latin: Catullus

Instructor(s): Steven Green

Pre-requisite(s): YLL2201 Intermediate Latin or permission of the instructor

This course is designed to give students a familiarity with a fuller range of the more complex grammatical constructions in Latin, and to give them an opportunity to read in a more focused manner specific examples of unadapted ancient Latin texts in the original. The focus of study will be key texts from the late Republican era (c. 70-30 BC): selected portions of a prose speech of the orator and politician Cicero, and select poems of Catullus. Apart from gaining a deeper understanding of the syntax and grammar of Latin – and a greater awareness that language is resistant to static ‘rules’ – students will develop an increased cultural knowledge in Roman late Republican society and literary production.

YLL3202 Advanced Latin: Catiline in the Roman Elite Imagination

Instructor(s): Steven Green

Pre-requisite(s): YLL2201 Intermediate Latin or permission of the instructor

This course offers an opportunity to explore the mercurial figure of Catiline, the Roman aristocrat infamously implicated into conspiracies to overthrow the Republic between 65-63BC. This exploration is conducted via detailed analysis of a series of literary texts in the original Latin across a 40-year period, with particular attention paid to Cicero’s first speech against Catiline (In Catilinam 1), Sallust’s historiographical narrative in the Bellum Catilinae, and the image of Catiline on Aeneas’ shield in Virgil’s epic Aeneid. Students will be exposed to different literary genres that allow them to chart the development of ‘Catiline’ in the Roman elite imagination.


Textbooks

For course-specific textbooks, click on the course description above. For a complete list of course textbooks, please visit the textbook website.

Learning Goals

By studying Latin, students will be able to:

  • Read classical Latin texts
  • Master Latin grammar and vocabulary
  • Be familiar with the geography and diversity of the Roman world
  • Work towards the completion of the Global Antiquity Minor requirements

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