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    Latin I
    The first course in Latin involves basic grammar, vocabulary, derivatives, translation, and culture. The declensions, conjugations, and rules of grammar are drilled thoroughly so that students may recognize basic grammatical constructions in Latin, as well as in English and in foreign languages. Vocabulary building is stressed both for reading selections in Latin and for increasing word power in English through derivatives. The story of Aeneas and other miscellaneous selections, written in simple Latin, are translated into English throughout the year. Latin abbreviations and expressions using in English are presented to help students recognize and appreciate interesting and useful proverbs, mottos, and sayings used in the modern world. Elements of day-to-day Roman culture (e.g., parts of the house, gods and goddesses, Roman numerals) are also studied. Students will take the National Latin Exam during this course.

    Latin II
    The second year student translates a choice of readings, which are graduated in difficulty. These include selections from the following: The Timeline Labors of Hercules, Julius Caesar’s Commentaries and Ovid’s Metamorphoses. In addition to a systematic review of first year grammar, more involved grammatical constructions are represented and drilled to facilitate the reading of the Latin authors. Drill in vocabulary and English derivatives is continued in order to build word power. Latin expressions used in English are presented to help the modern reader appreciate and cope with interesting and useful maxims, proverbs and terms used in law. In addition medical and pharmacological abbreviations are included to provide students with advantage in competitive medical studies. Students will take the National Latin Exam during this course.

    Latin III
    Third year Latin is designed to take the student beyond the elementary level of reading and understanding Latin literature. Latin III focuses on Cicero’s orations and letters with special attention to Cicero’s rhetorical devices, the importance of the study of rhetoric in ancient times, and a typical outline of a classical oration. There is complete review of Latin forms, syntax and vocabulary needed for mastery during first, second and third years of high school Latin. Latin III also presents a rich variety of further Latin readings. Selections from Pliny, Ovid and post-classical Latin round out the content of third year Latin. Latin expressions used in English are presented to help the modern reader appreciate and cope with interesting and useful maxims, proverbs and terms used in law. In addition medical and pharmacological abbreviations are included to provide students with advantage in competitive medical studies. Students will take the National Latin Exam during this course.

    Latin IV
    Fourth year Latin is designed for a course in the reading of Latin poetry. Latin IV focuses on Vergil’s Aeneid with special attention to Latin verse, rules of scansion, figures of speech, grammatical constructions common in Latin poetry and vocabulary needed for understanding poetry. Selections from Ovid, Catullus, Horace and Martial illustrate the range in subject, mood, meter and diction to be found in the Late Republic and Early Empire. Latin expressions used in English are presented to help the modern reader appreciate and cope with interesting and useful maxims, proverbs and terms used in law. In addition medical and pharmacological abbreviations are included to provide students with advantage in competitive medical studies. Students will take the National Latin Exam during this course