Intermediate/Advanced Latin: Livy and Ovid: Foundations and Transformations

Advanced, Intermediate—Year

What happened to Roman intellectual and political life under Rome’s first emperor? What can the literature, history, and politics in the age of Augustus teach the citizens of a modern Republic? This course will examine the extraordinary flowering of literary culture following the collapse of the Roman Republic. We will assess the emergence of a distinctively Roman humanitas that still exerts an influence on the modern world. Students will develop and refine their Latin reading comprehension skills by reading extended selections of Livy in the fall and Ovid in the spring. Selected works of Vergil, Horace, Tibullus, Propertius, Ovid, and Livy will be read in English.