Courses in Latin (LATN)

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.) ONLINE!

An introduction to the Laitn language for beginners, with explanation of basic grammatical concepts and intensive exercises in reading and writing. Ideal for undergraduates or graduate students from Penn or elsewhere with some background in learning other language, or who need to learn Latin rapidly. The course cover the first year of college-level Latin, equivalent to LATN 101 + 102 at more than twice the normal pace. This is an online course. 2 c.u. Students are not required to be in Philadelphia. Course activities will involve a series of intensive online exercises completed each day according to the student's own schedule, plus one daily video-linked session 5.30-7.00pm EST (Monday thru Thursday). The textbook is Learn to Read Latin (Keller & Russell; textbook only, not workbook).

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.) ONLINE!

An introduction to the basic historya nd convenbtions of Latin prose and poetry, with continuous readigns from classical authors accompanied by gframmar review and exercises. Ideal for undergraduates or graduate students from Penn or elsewhere who have completed the equivalent of one year of Latin (e.g., LATN 112). The course covers the second year of college-level Latin, equivalent to LATN 203 + 204 at more than twice the normnal pace. This is an online course. 2 c.u. Students are not required to be in Philadelphia. Course activities will involve a series of online exercises completed each day according to the student's own schedule, plus one daily video-linked session 5.30-7.00pm EST (Monday thru Thursday). The focus of the course will be "Romans and Carthaginians", combining readings on Hannibal and the second Punic War (mostly in prose, focusing on Cornelius Nepos' Life of Hannibal) with readings fro the story of Dido (mostly in poetry, focusing on Ovid's Heroides).

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 and topics: Caesar, Catullus Horace, Lucan, Ovid, Perpetua, Petronius, Phaedrus, Plautus, Propertius, Seneca, Tacitus, Virgil; Civil War, Conversion Tales, Letters of Complaint, The Roman Novel, Martyr Narratives. Topics vary each semester, and the course may be repeated for credit.

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 graduate survey courses: LATN 540 The Latin Text: Language and Style; LATN 541 Latin Literary History; as well as to other graduate seminars, with permission. Please see the undergraduate chair.