Term One: Monday 5 September-Tuesday 20 December 2016

Date

 In-Class Outline and Exercises

 Homeworks

Extra Activities

 

 

 

 

Week 1

(5/9-9/9)

Overview of syllabus.

Recap. essential grammar and syntax.

Reading Latin ch. 1 ex. A, 1-10.

Students go over syntax learnt. Create a list of strengths/weaknesses.

Revise syntax. Establish areas of strength/weakness, areas to revisit.

An introduction to Latin using ancient sources at the University of Texas, Austin. Interesting approach!

Good basic grounding is to be had with Wheelock's Latin. There are numerous websites devoted to the course. The one at the University of Victoria has exercises for all the chapters. Use the index to find appropriate topics.

Week 2

(12/9-16/9)

Philosophy.

Five pictures: Death of Seneca; Death of Sokrates; Death head mosaic; Euphrosynos mosaic; Lucretius. Study pictures - no background given. What do they show? What questions do they prompt? What questions would the students like the answers to?

Hand out and fuller overview of syllabus.

Development of philosophy (overview). 

Overview of Epicureanism and Stoicism.

Unseen 1 - begin translation.

Unseen 1: Mistaken Tactics. Unlike Caesar, Pompey does not make good use of his men's courage.

 

Week 3

(19/9-23/9)

Philosophy. Discussion of mosaic images (death's head and Pompeii skeleton).

Introduction to Lucretius.

Lucr. De Rerum Natura 2.1.61. Discussion of the metaphor of the sea and warfare to indicate the fears of mankind.

Chapter 2 Reading Latin. B1-8.

Relative clauses revision: via Plana. Questions 1A and 2A.

Homework:

Unseen 2: Caesar describes the geography of Britain.

 

Week 4

(26/9-30/9)

Lucretius 3.1053-1094. Discussion of other skeleton mosaics.

Begin Seneca (introduction) and text of Letter 70. Students prepare vocabulary list using the text and dictionaries.

Indirect speech. Via Plana ch.2. Go over ex. 1C (p. 27); use of fore. Read passage of Cicero, Brutus p. 27.

Unseen 3: The philosophy of Zeno, the founding father of Stoicism.

 

Week 5

(3/10-7/10)

Overview of Seneca's style and Letters to Lucilius.

Begin Letter 70. Sections 1-3.

Reading Latin. Chapter 2. Use of participles.

Unseen 4: Petreius and Afranius (1). While the two leading supporters of Pompey, Petreius and Afranius are outside the camp to protect their water supply, their men begin to defect to Caesar.

 

Week 6

(10/10-14/10)

Continue Seneca Letter 70. Sections 4-6. Discussion of the sailing metaphor and use of sententiae.

Gerunds and Gerundives recap. Go over Caesar unseen.

Unseen 4: Fama lives in a house full of openings and noise  

Week 7

(17/10-21/10)

Continue Seneca Letter 70. Sections 7-10.

More on gerunds and gerundives.

Unseen 5: A philosopher who does not practise what he preaches is as useless as a sea-sick helmsman.  

Week 8

(24/10-28/10)

Seneca, Letter 70. 11-13.

Beyond GCSE 5.11. 'Caesar, after conquering Gaul, prepaers his first invasion of Britain in late summer 55 BC'

 

 

All Saints Holiday

(31/10-4/11)

No Classes – All Saints Holiday

 No Classes – All Saints Holiday

 

Week 9

7/11 Journée Pedagogique; 8/11-11/11)

Seneca Letter 70. Sections 14-17.

Catullus 70.

Begin Unseen 6: Caesar describes the difficulties of landing in Britain.

Unseen 6: Caesar describes the difficulties of landing in Britain.  

Week 10

(15/11-18/11)

Seneca Letter 70. Sections 18-20.

Use of subjunctive in independent clauses.

Unseen 7: Catullus 5. vivamus atque amemus.  

Week 11

(21/11-25/11)

Seneca Letter 70. Sections 21-23.

Conditional sentences.

Read and learn Seneca, Letter 70, chs. 1-10 for test.  

Week 12

(28/11-2/12)

Seneca, Letter 70. Sections 24-26.

Test on Seneca Letter 70.

Introduce essay/project topic.

More on conditional sentences.

Via Plana exercise 2A.  

Week 13

(5/12-9/12)

Finish, Seneca Letter 70. Begin discussion of letter and its meaning.

Dealing with complicated sentences (use of qui, quae, quod). Via Plana ch. 10.

Work on Essay/Project.  

Week 14

(12/12-16/12)

Discussion of Seneca. In-depth analysis of Letter 70. Comparison of translations of different sections.

Catullus, 2 and 3.

Dealing with complicated sentences (use of ut and ne). Via Plana ch. 11.

Work on Essay/Project  

Week 15

(19/12-20/12)

Round off Seneca.

Unseen translation in class.

Video on Pompeii.

   

   

Term Two: Monday 9 January - Friday 6 April 2016

Date

In-Class Exercises

 Homeworks

Extra Activities

 

 

 

 

Week 1

(9/1-13/1)

Analysis of Seneca, Ep. 70.

Comparison of translations of Seneca, Ep. 70. 16.

In class translation Cicero, De Natura Deorum.

Exam Practice sheet based on Seneca Ep. 70, 18 and 19.

 

 

Week 2

(16/1-20/1)

Analysis of Seneca, Ep. 70.

Overview of exam.

Comparison of translations based on ch. 21.

Latin sententiae and sayings for translation.

Revision!!

Other sites for practice in translating Latin quotes/sententiae/mottos:

http://www.inrebus.com/latinphrases_a.php;
http://oaks.nvg.org/latin.html;
http://sobadsogood.com/2012/10/13/40-enlightening-latin-phrases-by-greatest-minds-on-the-planet/;
http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/quotes/a/102110-Greek-And-Latin-Quotations.htm;

and many, many more!

There is also an android app!

 

Week 3

(23/1-27/1)

PREBAC EXAMS

Latin Exam: Weds. 25 Jan.
 

PREBAC EXAMS

PREBAC EXAMS

 

Week 4

(30/1-3/2)

PREBAC EXAMS

 

PREBAC EXAMS

PREBAC EXAMS

 

Week 5

(6/2-10/2)

Finish Lucretia. Livy, 1.57-58.

Introduction to Cleopatra. Begin Horace, Odes 1.37.

Women and Childhood. Raia et al Chapter One. Begin Pliny, Ep. 5.16.

Write a review of E. Glendinning (2013) 'Reinventing Lucretia: rape, suicide and redemption from Classical Antiquity to the Medieval era' International Journal of the Classical Tradition 20.1, 61-82.

 

Week 6

(13/2-17/2)

Finish Cleopatra. Hor. Odes 1.37. Discussion of position of Cleopatra. Her potrayal. Fear of the unknown; the foreign ruler; manner of death.

Raia et al. Part Two: The World of Learning. Discussion of women's education. Begin Pliny Ep. 4.19.

   

CARNAVAL - No Classes

(20/2-24/2)

CARNAVAL - No Classes

CARNAVAL - No Classes

CARNAVAL - No Classes

Week 7

(27/2-3/3)

Begin Dido. Introduction to Dido, Aeneid IV. Begin set text .ll. 630-658; 659-692.

Preliminary discussion of depiction of Dido. Importance of Barce and Anna; their roles; their place as women.

Continue unseen translation of Pliny Ep. 4.19.

Presentation of Project and Essay.

 

Purcell, 'Dido's Lament'

R.J. Edgeworth (1976) 'The death of Dido' Classical Journal 72, 129-133.

Week 8

(6/2-10/3)

Finish Dido: Vergil Aeneid IV, 693-705. Discussion of portrayal of Dido. Comparison to Cleopatra and Roman ideas of suicide (cf. Seneca on Suicide).

Begin Sophonisba. Introduction and consider Diodorus Siculus 27.7. Livy 30.12 ff.

Roman marriage. Role of the paterfamilias. cum manu v. sine manu marriages. Roman marriage rite. Roles and responsibilities of women within the marriage and home.

Translation of Sallust, Catiline 25 and/or analysis of the passage. How far does Sempronia represent the 'ideal' or contradict the ideal of a Roman woman?

Wikipedia entry on Sophonisba

Other sources on Sophonisba:

Appian, Punic Wars 10, 27-28.

Dio Cassius, 17.57 (=Zon.9.11).

Diodorus Siculus 27.7.

 

 

Plentiful background material on Roman marriage here.

Week 9

(13/3-17/3)

Livy on Sophonisba continued.

Begin Cicero on Clodia.

Discussion of portrayal of Clodia and the prosopoeia.

Videos from Robin Bond and Jon Hall on performing the speech.

More on Roman women and marriage.

Translation: Valerius Maximus, Facta et Dicta Memorabilia 6.7: three loyal wives

Wikipedia entry on Sophonisba

Other sources on Sophonisba:

Appian, Punic Wars 10, 27-28.

Dio Cassius, 17.57 (=Zon.9.11).

Diodorus Siculus 27.7.

Week 10

(20/3-24/3)

Cicero, Clodia continued.

Catullus, Carmina 2, 3.

Roman Women and the Family.

Finish essay on Roman women.

M. B. Skinner (1983) 'Clodia Metelli' TAPA 113, 273-287. Still the seminal article.

More on the family at PBS.

More on marriage, love and the family at this site.

 

Week 11

(27/3-31/2)

Catullus, Carmina 5, 51.

Essay Presentations.

 

Translation

T. P. Wiseman (1987) 'Clodia: Pleasure and sway' in Catullus and his World: A Reappraisal, Cambridge, 15-53.

Week 12

(3/4-7/4)

Finish Catullus, Carmina 79 and 83.

Clodia Severa. Vindolanda Tablet 291.

Video Vindolanda Tablets

 

T. P. Wiseman (1987) 'Clodia: Pleasure and sway' in Catullus and his World: A Reappraisal, Cambridge, 15-53.

 

Term Three: 24 April - 7 July 2017

 

Date

 In-Class Exercises

Homeworks

Extra Activities

 

 

 

 

Week 1

(24/4-28/4)

Tacitus, Agrippina chs. 1-3.

The Bodies of Roman Women.

Translation: C. Plinius Caecilius Secundus (minor), Epistulae 8.10: Calpurnia's miscarriage

Tacitus: An Introduction (powerpoint presentation)

Lovano, M. (2006) 'Tacitus, Annals' in Classical Literature and its Times ed. by J. Moss, Thomson-Gale, 11-22

Week 2

(1/5 Labour Day)

(2/5-4/5)

(5/5 Footfest)

Tacitus, Agrippina chs. 4-6.

Roman Women and Work

 

Translation:

Miller, N. (1969) 'Style and content in Tacitus' in T. A. Dorey (ed.) Tacitus Routledge, 99-116. This is a great example of academic writing, and one which really gets to grips with the idea that content cannot be divorced from style and vice versa. A must-read!

Week 3

(9/5-12/5)

Tacitus, Agrippina chs. 7-9.

In-class work on exam technique.

Translating Latin aphorisms and proverbs.

Comparison of Translations.

Final revision and study tips and discussion.

Whitton, C. (2010) 'Agrippina's last words (rpt.)' Omnibus 58, 21-23. A nice short article from the JACT magazine for 'A' level students with some useful observations.

Roberts, M. (1988) 'The Revolt of Boudicca (Tacitus, Annals 14.29-39) and the Assertion of Libertas in Neronian Rome' AJPh 109, 118-132. An excellent reflection on the Boudiccan revolt and its relationship to other aspects of depiction of Neronian Rome.

 

Week 4

(16/4-19/4)

STUDY WEEK

STUDY WEEK

STUDY WEEK

 

ASCENSION Holiday - (22/5-26/5)

ASCENSION Holiday ASCENSION Holiday ASCENSION HOLIDAY

Week 5

(29/5-2/6)

Revision week in class.

Recap. of syllabus.

Exam Practice

Revision for BAC!! Revision for BAC!!

Week 6

PENTECOST Holiday (5/6)

(6/6-9/6)

BAC WRITTEN EXAMS BAC WRITTEN EXAMS BAC WRITTEN EXAMS

Week 7

(13/6-16/6)

BAC WRITTEN EXAMS

BAC WRITTEN EXAMS

 

BAC WRITTEN EXAMS

Week 8

(20/6-23/6)

STUDY WEEK STUDY WEEK STUDY WEEK

Week 9

(27/6-30/6)

BAC ORAL EXAMS BAC ORAL EXAMS BAC ORAL EXAMS

Week 10

(3/7-7/7)

BAC ORAL EXAMS BAC ORAL EXAMS BAC ORAL EXAMS

 

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