LATN 201 and 240


Department of Classics

Monmouth College

Directed Readings:

The City

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

read a variety of Latin texts dealing with the ancient city and urban life.

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.


Whalen, Paul. Urbs Antiqua. New York: Cambridge University

Press, 1989


Dr. Thomas J. Sienkewicz

Minnie Billings Capron Professor of Classics

Wallace 101

Office Phone: (309) 457-2371

Home Phone: (309) 734-3543


Office Hours:

MWF 8:00-8:50 A. M. or by appointment

I will make a special effort to be in my office during these times. If I am not at my desk in Wallace 101, you might also check the workroom in the Capron Classics Room to see if I am there. If these times are inconvenient for you, we can certainly find another time to talk. Also please do not hesitate to call me at home in the evening if necessary.

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.


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