Preliminary Latin I F18 (LAT*1100) | College of Arts

Preliminary Latin I F18 (LAT*1100)

Code and section: LAT*1100*01

Term: Fall 2018

Instructor: P. O'Cleirigh


Course objectives:

Initiation into the Latin language of students without previous knowledge of Latin to enable them to read with fluency Latin texts written over more than two millennia. (The initiation will be continued in Preliminary Latin II offered in the Winter semester).


Learning outcomes:

Upon the successful completion of this course, the assiduous student will be able to:

  • identify and analyze the essential forms, grammar, and syntax of the Latin language including:
    • the use of cases and parts of speech
    • declension of nouns and adjectives
    • conjugation of verbs in the present, imperfect, future, perfect and pluperfect tenses, active and passive voice, indicative and subjunctive mood (present tense)
  • construct an introductory Latin vocabulary (approx. 1000 words)
  • translate passages of Latin prose into idiomatic English with some vocabulary aid
  • translate short passages of English prose into Latin with some vocabulary aid
  • infer the meaning of English words using his/her knowledge of Latin vocabulary
  • demonstrate knowledge of some aspects of Roman civilisation, using adapted written texts











Method of presentation:

As reading is learned by reading, the reading of set passages (with all necessary aids) comes first at each stage of the course. This reading is followed by an analysis of the text read and the identification of specific grammatical phenomena. This grammar will then be committed to memory with the aid of drills and exercises: and so, on to the next reading.


Evaluation method:



Please see Undergraduate Calendar for all Latin courses offered by the School of Languages and Literatures