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LATN 201 and 240 Directed Readings: Apuleius


Department of Classics

Monmouth College

The general aim of this course is to improve your Latin reading and comprehension skills and to expose you to a variety of texts in Latin. The specific goal of the course this year is to read the story of Cupid and Psyche from Apuleius' The Golden Ass.

Class will meet about 50 minutes per week. During this time we will translate, discuss and interpret the assigned readings. You are expected to come prepared to every class. Preparation means review of the reading from last class and work on the reading for the next class.

Your course grade will be based upon your daily class performance and upon an ORAL final examination. You can request a verbal evaluation of your performance at any time during the term.

Balme, M. G. and J. H. W. Morwood. Cupid and Psyche. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1976.

It is highly recommended that students also have their own Latin dictionaries and a Latin reference grammar.

About the instructor / Some Useful Websites on the Latin language

A word on academic honesty: You are encouraged to work with other members of the class. However, please do not try to recite another's translation. This is a form of plagiarism (copying someone else's work without giving credit) which is both dishonest and ineffective for your goal of learning Latin. Any student submitting plagiarized work will receive a failing grade for that assignment. If two papers with identical or nearly-identical work are submitted by different students, both papers will receive a failing grade.

Caveat: This syllabus is subject to revision by the instructor, provided that written or verbal notice is given in class.

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