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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN WITH US

Upon successful completion of the Elementary Latin/Greek sequences, you will be able to:

• Engage in simple interactions in Latin and/or ancient Greek

• Read and understand simple texts with the help of dictionaries and textbook materials

• Translate simple English sentences into idiomatic Latin and/or Greek

• Develop a stable understanding of grammar as a vehicle for logic

• Acquire reliable strategies for approaching sentences in both Latin/Greek and English

• Begin to develop strategies for sight-reading Latin and/or Greek texts (without the help of dictionaries and textbook materials)

• Understand the basic cultural, historical, political, philosophical and mythological background of the texts you read

Upon successful completion of the Intermediate Latin/Greek sequences, you will be able to:

• Engage in more complex interactions in Latin and/or ancient Greek

• Read relatively complex texts with occasional help from dictionaries and textbook materials

• Sight-read basic texts

• Distinguish between writers’ styles and develop specific reading strategies for dealing with each author

• Translate sentences into idiomatic Latin and/or Greek in a specific writer’s style

• Appreciate the metric and rhythm of Greek and Roman poetry

• Discuss the cultural, historical, political, philosophical and mythological background of the texts you read

• Understand the logical and rhetorical complexities of ancient texts

• Appreciate the creative distortions inevitable in translation

• Perform basic evaluation of selected official translations from Latin and Greek

Upper-division courses in Latin and/or Greek hone the intermediate skills you’ve acquired:

• Your reactions to the linguistic aspects of the Latin/Greek text should become more or less automatic

• You will sight-read most Latin and Greek texts

• You will be able to read some very difficult texts without losing sight of their non-linguistic dimensions.

• Your proficiency in analyzing the hidden dimensions of any text – English or ancient – will increase dramatically, along with your expanded vocabulary and interpretive sophistication.

Your ultimate goal is fluency in the language you study. You want to pick up any Greek or Latin text and read it as you read in your native tongue. Fluency involves familiarity with the non-linguistic aspects of the text as well -– for instance, it will be impossible to read the daily news unless you know the names and background of the people mentioned, or abbreviations like CNN, NFL, etc. With us, you will become familiar with the non-linguistic context of Greek and Latin texts. What is more, your studies will equip you with strategies to deal with tricky English sentences like “Fat people eat accumulates.”

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