Introduction to Classical Latin - Short Courses Sydney

Introduction to Classical Latin

What you'll learn

Learn the basics of the Latin Language with our Introduction to Classical Latin course in Sydney!

Learning Latin offers numerous benefits, both practical and intellectual, making it a valuable pursuit for individuals of all interests and backgrounds.

Firstly, studying Latin enhances linguistic skills. Latin is the root of many modern languages, including English, French, Spanish, and Italian. By understanding Latin grammar, vocabulary, and syntax, learners gain a deeper understanding of the structure and origins of these languages. This knowledge can improve overall language proficiency and facilitate learning additional languages in the future.

Latin provides insight into Western culture and history. Many significant works of literature, philosophy, and science were written in Latin from the Classical to the Renaissance periods. By studying Latin texts in their original language, learners can access a wealth of knowledge and ideas that have shaped Western civilisation. This includes works by authors such as Horace, Virgil, Cicero, and Ovid, as well as scientific writings by scholars like Galen and Copernicus.

Learning Latin cultivates critical thinking and analytical skills. Latin is a highly inflected language, meaning that word endings convey grammatical information such as case, number, and gender. Analysing and understanding these grammatical structures require attention to detail and logical reasoning. Additionally, translating Latin texts involves interpreting meaning within context, fostering interpretative skills and intellectual agility.

Studying Latin fosters an appreciation for cultural diversity and global connections. Latin was once the lingua franca of the Western world, connecting people across different regions and cultures. By learning Latin, individuals can engage with a rich tapestry of global heritage and better understand the interconnectedness of human societies throughout history.

Learning Latin can have practical applications in various fields. Proficiency in Latin is valuable for careers in academia, law, medicine, theology, and linguistics, among others. Latin terminology is commonly used in scientific nomenclature, legal terminology, and religious texts. Thus, knowledge of Latin can enhance professional opportunities and facilitate communication in specialised fields.

In summary, learning Latin offers a range of benefits, from linguistic proficiency and cultural enrichment to intellectual development and career opportunities. Whether for personal enrichment or professional advancement, studying Latin is a rewarding endeavour that opens doors to a deeper understanding of language, culture, and the human experience.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this Latin for Beginners course, you should be able to:

  • Read and understand basic passages in Classical Latin
  • Translate simple sentences from Classical Latin to English, and vice versa
  • Utilise basic verbs and nouns to form simple sentences in Classical Latin
  • Demonstrate sound knowledge of Ancient Roman culture and society, include key historical figures and events

Course Content

Using the renowned Oxford Latin Course textbook by Maurice Balme and James Morwood, students will proceed through the following sessions based on the reading of original texts:

  1. Introduction to the Latin language and its place in history
  2. Typical sentence patterns
  3. Nouns of the first and second declension (masculine, feminine, and neuter) /agreement of adjectives
  4. Verbs of the first four conjugations, singular and plural
  5. Verbs of the present tense, all persons
  6. Infinitive verbs, the mixed conjugation, the vocative case, questions
  7. The third declension, adjectives, irregular verbs
  8. Imperatives, prepositions
  9. The genitive case ( = of)
  10. Neuter nouns and adjectives

Students will also be offered the opportunity to review their progress through an assessment task prior to celebrating the completion of the course with their classmates.

Intended Audience

Who is this Introduction to Classical Latin course for?

Introduction to Classical Latin is designed to equip complete newcomers with a basic understanding of the most influential language in the history of Western civilisation. Participants will gain knowledge of key verbs, nouns, and adjectives while exploring a highly engaging narrative centred on the life and times of one of the greatest poets of Ancient Rome, that is, Quintus Horatius Flaccus, commonly known as Horace.

Course Venue

  • Online via Zoom
  • Zoom details will be emailed to you with your enrolment confirmation
  • Requirement: A device and stable internet connection

Course Materials

  • What to bring to class
  • Textbook
  • Notebook and pen
  • A willingness to engage and learn!

Learning Resources

Please purchase the following textbook, which will be used for each session of the course: 

  • Balme, Maurice & James Morwood. Oxford Latin Course: Part 1. Revised edn. Oxford University Press, 2006. ISBN-10: 0199122261. ISBN-13: 978-0199122264.

Additional Information

Please note the following:

  • Attendance and active participation are essential for maximum benefit
  • Some individual study outside of class will be required from session 2 onwards

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