DANTE ALIGHIERI COURSE OUTLINE (LATIN II – JULY 2016) TEXTBOOK: LATIN VIA OVID
The textbook for Latin II, Latin via Ovid, can be previewed at: http://books.google.com.hk/books?id=fORWW12AoTAC My own website includes PowerPoint presentations introducing the stories in the each of the chapters we will be reading (see http://linguae.weebly.com/adult-courses.html ). I will ask people to view these, as well as reading the chapters themselves, in advance of each class and will provide a recording of the passages. FOR COPYRIGHT REASONS, THE RECORDINGS SHOULD NOT BE PASSED ON TO ANYBODY ELSE.
Latin via Ovid provides complete coverage of the vocabulary and grammar needed to begin reading Latin poetry, particularly Ovid’s Metamorphoses, a collection of stories from Greek mythology, which has served as a source of inspiration for writers and artists for two thousand years. The book is meant to be completed in the 1st year of a university course, in which students would probably be attending 3-4 hours classes weekly. In the Latin II course, we are aiming to cover one quarter of the book in 10 2-hourly sessions. This should be enough time to cover many of the exercises but you will, in any case, need to spend time in preparation between classes and reviewing what we have already done. Individuals’ needs differ but you should aim to spend at least a couple of hours per week on this and longer if you can spare the time (I realise this is difficult in Hong Kong!). Flashcard sets on the CRAM site (www.cram.com), which will be used for vocabulary reinforcement in class, can be accessed via http://linguae.weebly.com/flashcards.html You will be welcome to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) at any time if you need help between sessions.
The schedule below is a tentative one and the pace may be altered depending on the needs of the class.
Session 1 9/7/16 Review of vocabulary for chapters 1-10. Philemon and Baucis (1st part). Review of verbs (present, imperfect, perfect and future) of 1st and 2nd. Conjugations. Review of nouns of 1st and 2nd declensions. 3rd declension. Declension of duo. Listening to Nicene Creed.
Session 2 16/7/16 Chapter 12 (Philemon et Baucis (pars secunda)) accusative and infinitive construction (with oral practice). Infinitive and present tense of 3rd conjugation verbs. Negative orders. The pluperfect tense (1st and 2nd conjugations). Adjectives used as nouns. Vocabulary revision.
Session 3 23/7/16 Chapter 13 (Echo et Narcissus) Superlative of adjectives, uses of ablative, recap of 3rd declension nouns (including neuters in –e, -al, -ar;N.B. the textbook does not mention the use of –i as ablative termination ) and rules for their gender . Future perfect tense, pronoun quem, reflexive pronoun se. Review of tenses. Talking about where you live and where you come from
Session 4 30/7/16 Chapter 14 (Phoebus and Daphne) The third conjugation (excluding future tense) and its subgroup with 1st person singular in –io Personal pronouns (ego, tu, is). Talking about daily routine.
Session 5 6/8/16 Chapter 15 (Pyramus et Thisbe (pars prima)) Fourth conjugation, future tenses of 3rd and 4th conjugation, verbal synopsis, superlatives of adjectives in –er, declension of domus
Session 6 20/8/16 Chapter 16 (Pyramus et Thisbe (pars secunda)) The pronouns hic and ille, imperative forms for all verbs. Review of pronouns and of classroom language.
Session 7 27/8/16 Chapter 17 (Atalanta et Hippomenes (pars prima)) The passive (present stem tenses and infinitives), relative pronoun., fourth declension. The Roman calendar and formulae for letters.
Session 8 3/9/16 Chapter 18 (Atalanta et Hippomenes (pars secunda)) Passive: perfect participle, interrogative pronoun and adjective, irregular verb eo, declension of tria and mille, use of videor (seem).
Session 9 24/9/16 Chapter 19 (Midas et visa aurea) Ablative absolute and (only in chap. 20 in the book) the passive tense system for all conjugations. Fifth declension nouns and two-termination 3rd declension adjectives
Session 10 8/10/16 Chapter 20 (Midas et Pan) The pronoun idem, review of the perfect passive system, deponent verbs and review of the reflexive pronoun. General review of nouns, verbs, pronouns and adjectives.