Latin III


Salve!  Welcome to Latin III and the 2004-2005 school year! 


Official Course Description


          This class reinforces and expands student knowledge of the Roman world.  Students will increase their understanding of Latin vocabulary and grammar with the goal of reading a variety of Roman authors of both prose and poetry.  Texts become increasingly sophisticated in vocabulary, structure, and depth of meaning.  The strong cultural component of the Latin sequence will continue with an emphasis on elaborating the readings.  Authors may include Caesar, Petronius, Pliny, Tacitus, Catullus, Vergil, Horace, Ovid, Martial, or others.


What This Means for You


          In Latin III we will continue our study of Latin vocabulary and grammar as well as of classical civilization.  Our major objective remains the improvement of our ability to read and translate Latin, with an emphasis on mythology and the De bello Gallico of Julius Caesar.  You should also have the opportunity to select some readings based on your personal interests.  The main textbooks for this year, Ecce Romani 2 and Our Latin Heritage II, provide excellent opportunities to review all the fundamentals of Latin grammar and vocabulary before proceeding to authentic Latin readings.  A reliable Latin dictionary is sound investment, but not required.


How to Insure Your Success


          Good study skills, regular attendance, and strong self-motivation will remain the key components of your success.  Complete all daily assignments, maintain up-to-date notes, keep all handouts, participate actively in class, review frequently, and seek assistance when needed.  Above all, make sure you learn the assigned vocabulary and grammar concepts (especially the endings!) covered in class.  Take advantage of the world’s only website for Our Latin Heritage II:  There are new offerings all the time to help you practice vocabulary, principal parts, spelling, definitions, forms, cultural materials, translation, ablative absolute, and other grammatical concepts.