LATN 200/300/400-1 Directed Readings: Hobbitus
Spring, 2013
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 semester is to read selections from Hobbitus, the Latin translation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.

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.

You are expected to complete a Latin composition, submit an assignment on meter and provide a mid-course evaluation. Failure to complete any of these assignments may significantly affect your grade in the course.

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. In general, you will be graded in this course based upon the "3 P's" of PREPARATION, PARTICIPATION, and PROGRESS.


  • Hobbitus Ille by J.R.R. Tolkien
    ISBN-13: 9780007445219
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • Publication date: 11/27/2012
  • Language: Latin
  • Edition description: Latin-language Edition


It is highly recommended that students also have their own Latin dictionaries, a Latin reference grammar and the original English version of The Hobbit.

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