Intro to Latin Poetry
SUMMER CLASS 2022
Dates: August 8 through September 2
Mtg. Days: M, T, W, Th (four days/week)
Mtg. Time (Pacific Time): 6:00-6:50 AM
Instructor: Knox Merkle
Class Description: Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of Latin poetry and learn to scan basic dactylic hexameter lines. They will learn the form of Latin poetry through reading, scanning, and translating selections from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Seneca’s Tragedies, and Vergil’s Aeneid. We will look at some of the most famous passages of Latin poetry that have influenced the great works of Western literature, and learn poetic structures, syntax, and turns of phrase which are common in Latin poetic literature. This will be a very low-homework course. There will be unfamiliar grammar concepts for all students, which I will explain as we encounter them, and they will not be tested on them. This course stretches the thinking skills and language abilities of the students in ways that the study of Latin prose does not, and broadens the students’ understanding of the concept of poetry and language as a whole.
Prerequisite: Students must have completed Latin 2 with 90% or higher.
Required Materials: None