LAT320-000: Medieval Latin

January 12, 2016 - April 25, 2016
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
2:30pm - 3:45pm
Candler Library 121
Evans-Grubbs, Judith

An introduction to Latin of the medieval world, including grammar and readings in a variety of texts from the fourth to thirteenth centuries.

This class is a survey of Latin literature from late antiquity (4th-6th centuries) to the later Middle Ages (13th century). We’ll selections from Latin prose (historiography, biography, hagiography) and poetry (epic, lyric, hymns and drinking songs) by both male and female authors of this period. The main text used is the second edition of Keith Sidwell’s Reading Medieval Latin (Cambridge U. Press, 1995). In addition, we will be reading selections from the Ecclesiastical History of the English People of the Anglo-Saxon scholar Bede (the Venerable), taken from F.W. Garforth's Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica (Bolchazy-Carducci, reprinted 1988). In the third part of the semester, the students themselves will be deciding what we shall read and selecting readings from either Sidwell or other texts to present to the class.

            Class-time will center on translation of the assigned readings and discussion of the literary and historical background of the texts. There will be two tests during the semester but no final exam. Instead, students will do a final research paper.         

Assignment/ExamDetails% of Total Grade
Class performance25
(includes in-class translation, discussion, and presentation of the reading student chooses)
This course is also available for graduate students as Latin 597. Graduate students will meet an extra 75 minutes a week and do two papers (or one paper of at least 25 pages).

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