Courses in Latin (LATN)

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101. Elementary Latin I (fall)

An introduction to the Latin language for beginners. Students begin learning grammar and vocabulary, with practical exercises in reading in writing. By the end of the course students will be able to read and analyze simple Latin texts, including selected Roman inscriptions in the Penn Museum.

102. Elementary Latin II (spring)

Prerequisite(s): LATN 101 or equivalent. Completes the introduction to the Latin language begun in 101. By the end of the course students will have a complete working knowledge of Latin grammar, a growing vocabulary, and experience in reading Julius Caesar’s account of the invasion of Britain. 

112. Intensive Elementary Latin (summer, 2 c.u.)

An accelerated introduction to the Latin language for beginners, equivalent in scope to the first year of Latin (101+102). Ideal for students with some background in learning languages, or who need to learn Latin rapidly. Students begin learning grammar and vocabulary, with practical exercises in reading in writing. By the end of the course students will have a complete working knowledge of Latin grammar, a growing vocabulary, and experience in reading selected inscriptions in the Penn Museum and Julius Caesar’s account of the Roman invasion of Britain. 

203. Intermediate Latin Prose (fall)

Prerequisite(s): LATN 102 or equivalent (such as placement score of 550). Introduction to continuous reading of unadapted works by Latin authors in prose (e.g., Cornelius Nepos, Cicero, Pliny), in combination with a thorough review of Latin grammar. By the end of the course students will have thorough familiarity with the grammar, vocabulary, and style of the selected authors, will be able to tackle previously unseen passages by them, and will be able to discuss questions of language and interpretation.

204. Intermediate Latin Poetry (spring)

Prerequisite(s): LATN 203 or equivalent (such as placement score of 600). Continuous reading of several Latin authors in poetry (e.g., Ovid, Virgil, Horace) as well as some more complex prose, in combination with ongoing review of Latin grammar. By the end of the course students will have thorough familiarity with the grammar, vocabulary, and style of the selected authors, will be able to tackle previously unseen passages by them, and will be able to discuss language and interpretation. Note: Completion of Latin 204 with C- or higher fulfills Penn’s Foreign Language Requirement.

212. Intensive Intermediate Latin (summer, 2 c.u.)

Prerequisite(s): LATN 102 or equivalent (such as placement score of 550). Accelerated introduction to reading of Latin authors, at twice the normal pace, equivalent in scope to second-year Latin (203–204). Ideal for undergraduates or graduate students from Penn or elsewhere who have completed the equivalent of one year Greek (e.g., GREK 112). Readings in simpler prose and poetry (e.g., Cornelius Nepos, Ovid), then in more challenging prose and poetry (e.g., Cicero, Pliny, Virgil, Horace), in combination with a thorough review of Latin grammar. By the end of the course students will have thorough familiarity with the grammar, vocabulary, and style of the selected authors, will be able to tackle previously unseen passages by them, and will be able to discuss language and interpretation. Note: Completion of Latin 212 with C- or higher fulfills Penn’s Foreign Language Requirement.

309. Topics in Latin Literature (fall and spring)

Prerequisite(s): Latin 204 or equivalent (such as placement score of 650), or by permission of instructor. Close reading and discussion of a Latin author or a particular literary genre. Recent authors: Caesar, Horace, Lucan, Ovid, Perpetua, Petronius, Plautus, Propertius, Seneca, Virgil. Topics vary each semester, and the course may be repeated for credit. Students are strongly encouraged to take Latin 305 prior to taking 309.

Independent Studies

Advanced undergraduates may arrange with a faculty member to do an independent study (LATN/GREK 399) on a chosen topic, with the written approval of the undergraduate chair. Students considering an independent study should meet with the undergraduate chair prior to the preregistration period in the preceding semester. A student admitted to the Senior Research Paper program will typically enroll in 399 in the fall of the senior year, followed by CLST 398 in the spring (see separate guidelines on the Senior Research Paper).

Graduate Courses

Advanced undergraduates may also seek admission to the Advanced Surveys (a large quantity of readings in poetry [LATN/GREK 530] and prose [540]) that are offered every year, and to the courses in Meter (502), Historical Grammar (503), and Prose Composition (530) that are generally offered in alternating years. Please see the undergraduate chair.