LATN 200/300/400-1 Directed Readings: Martial

Spring, 2014
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 Martial's poetry.

Class will meet about 50 minutes per week for the entire semester for .25 credit. 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. In general, you will be graded in this course based upon the "3 P's" of PREPARATION, PARTICIPATION, and PROGRESS.

A Martial Reader: Selections from the Epigrams A Martial Reader: Selections from the Epigrams
Craig Williams
Format: Paperback225pp.
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-86516-704-9
Publisher: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
Pub. Date: 20

Martial's complete extant works can be found in The Latin Library.

English translation from Bohn's Classical Library (1897) can be found at

It is highly recommended that students also have their own Latin dictionaries, a Latin reference grammar and an English translation of Martial's writings.

Students enrolled in LATN240 should also consult the list of required texts for CLAS240.

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 two weeks before the end of the semester.

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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.

This webpage was prepared by Professor Thomas J. Sienkewicz of Monmouth College. If you have any questions, you can contact him at

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