Latin Love Poetry

Dr. Jennifer Rea


Office: 142 Dauer Hall
Tel. 392 2075
e-mail: jrea@classics.ufl.edu 

Latin Love Poetry - LNW 2630

Course Description:
How do images of torture, slavery, madness, and death betray the Roman attitude towards love? What does Latin love poetry reveal to us about the social values and customs of the times? In this course you will explore the works of two key authors of the Late Republic and Early Empire: Catullus and Ovid.  During our close reading of the texts we will examine the topic of Roman cultural identity. While our initial goal will be to reinforce key grammatical and syntactical points and to 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 unique features of the genre of Latin love poetry
* increase proficiency in Latin-to-English translation

Exam, Assignment, and Class 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 to class unprepared, are chronically late, or fail to attend class.  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.

Grading:
3 exams 15% x 3 = 45% ;1 final examination = 30%; Class participation (homework, quizzes, etc.) = 25%
Dates to Schedule: Exams: February 1; March 15; April 8; Final: May 1, 2002 5:30-7:30 pm

Required Texts:
If you already have the appropriate texts of Catullus and Ovid with good notes, you may use them if you prefer, but I will be ordering the following books:
Catullus (Student Text) An AP Latin Text with Notes.
Ovid With Love: Selections from Ars Amatoria, Books I and II
A Student’s Latin Grammar

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: http://www.dso.ufl.edu/STG/Code_of_Conduct.html#Honor 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.