LAT 3644: Cicero

N.B. You must have a reading knowledge of Latin to be in this class!

Course Description:
In this course you will learn about one of the key authors of the Late Republic: Marcus Tullius Cicero.  During our close reading of the Latin we will explore Roman cultural identity and answer the following questions: What does it mean to be a Roman in Cicero’s time?  How does our study of Cicero yield the key to understanding the political and social climate of the Late Republic? While our initial goal will be to reinforce key grammatical and syntactical points and revise some of the Latin vocabulary you have already learned, our main focus will be to apply and expand your talents in order to develop a more significant understanding of the Latin language. Expect to amplify your Latin vocabulary dramatically and to increase your understanding of the language’s grammar and syntax.

Student Expectations/Course Objectives:
* identify and discuss the key features of Ciceronean prose
* increase knowledge of Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary
* gain proficiency in translation from Latin to English and English to Latin

Required Texts:
Roman Blood by Steven Saylor
Pro Roscio Amerino by Cicero

Attendance, Assignment and Exam Expectations:
It is extremely difficult to be involved in the learning process unless you participate fully in class discussions.  Thus, your participation in class discussion and willingness to translate in class are especially critical.  It should be obvious that you cannot make an effective contribution to the class if you come unprepared, are chronically late, or fail to attend class. Expect your final grade to be lowered five percentage points for every absence after the first three classes you miss.  All assignments to be handed in must be submitted at the start of class on the due date.  Make-up examinations are rarely given and only for extraordinary circumstances beyond your control, such as a grave illness or family emergency.  Grading will be traditional, i.e., only outstanding work will receive an A, good work will receive a B, average work a C, etc. **I am always willing to help you with any aspect of the course -- DO NOT SUFFER IN SILENCE!**

Grading:                                                                                                    Dates to Schedule:
3 in-class exams 15% each x 3 = 45%                                                      Exams will be on Sept. 27, Oct. 25 and Nov. 25
1 final exam = 25%                                                                                   The final will be on  Wed., Dec. 18 from 12:30-2:30
class participation (including homework, quizzes, etc.) = 30%

ADA Requirements:
If you have any disability or special concern, it is your responsibility to notify me at the start of the semester so that your needs may be accommodated.  You will also need to give me a letter from the Office for Students with Disabilities (P202 Peabody Hall) indicating that you need academic accommodations.

Honor Code (Source: web site: Code):
The following pledge is either required or implied on all work submitted for credit by University of Florida students: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment." For a full statement of UF's Academic Honor Code see either the Undergraduate Catalog or the web site.