LATN200/300/400-1 Directed Readings: Ovid's Metamorphoses
LATN230 Classical Mythology: In the Modern World

Spring 2002
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 as much of Ovid's Metamorphoses as possible.

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 spent a MINIMUM of two hours a week preparing for class. 

You are also expected to submit some Latin composition work on a weekly basis throughout the semester. Your composition work will be revised and improved throughout the semester and you will receive a grade for the process, not the quality of this work.

Your course grade will be based upon the amount of time you spend in preparation for class, the quality of your preparation, your class performance, the Latin composition process and an ORAL final examination. Other assignments may be made during the course of the semester. You may 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.

Ovid Metamorphoses I, Vol. 1Ovid. Metamorphoses. Book 1
edited by A. G. Lee
Format: Paper, 162pp.
ISBN: 0865160406
Publisher: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
Pub. Date: 1999

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

Students enrolled in LATN230 should also consult the list of required texts for CLAS230.

Standing offer for extra credit: If you submit a 250-word review of this book to or and send the link to the instructor, you will get extra credit in this course. This offer expires on two weeks before the end of the semester.

About the instructor / Some Useful Websites on the Latin language / The Ovid ProjectOvid's Metamorphoses on the internet / Pagina Amicorum Nasonis (Ovid) / Ovid Website  / Structure of Ovid's "Metamorphoses" / Ovid in Art /  SOME NIFTY WEBSITES on CLASSICS

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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