LATN 102-01 - Spring 2019

Introduction to Latin 2

College of the Holy Cross

Course Details

Location: Stein 134
Time: MWF 9am to 9:50am

Instructor: Professor Daniel Libatique
Office Hours: T 11am-1pm, W 11am-1pm, or by appointment
Office Location: Fenwick 410


Course Objectives

This course is the second semester of a year-long introduction to the Latin language, the mode of communication that defines the literature and culture of ancient Rome. Basic familiarity with Latin and the topics introduced in LATN 101 (Introduction to Latin 1) is required. This course will build upon the basics of the Latin language introduced in the first semester (e.g.,¹ declension, conjugation, complex sentence structure, etc.) and eventually build towards a strong command of Latin vocabulary, grammar, and syntax. The goal of first-year Latin is to build a solid foundation for reading actual ancient Roman texts. As such, the acquisition of those linguistic skills, elucidated and practiced through classroom instruction and examples in our textbook and workbook, will set a foundation for reading parts of Book 2 of Vergil’s Aeneid, the masterpiece of Roman literature, in the final months of the semester.

¹ FUN FACT #1: “e.g.” stands for exemplī gratiā, or “for the sake of an example”!



  1. Susan C. Shelmerdine. Introduction to Latin, Second Edition. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-58510-390-4.
  2. Ed DeHoratius. Introduction to Latin: A Workbook. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-58510-674-5.
  3. Randall T. Ganiban. Vergil Aeneid 2. Newburyport, MA: Focus Publishing, 2008. ISBN: 978-1-58510-226-6.
  4. Various supplemental exercises and texts, to be provided in xerox / e-mail form.

N.B.² Please take careful notice of the edition of our textbook (Introduction to Latin): 2nd. The first edition may have different exercises and chapter divisions, so owning the 2nd edition will be vital to ensuring you are doing the correct reading and homework exercises. You can purchase the textbook at the Holy Cross Bookstore or online through such vendors as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. If you choose a vendor other than the Holy Cross Bookstore, make sure to use the ISBN number to purchase the correct version.

² FUN FACT #2: “N.B.” stands for notā bene, or “note well”!

Reference and Electronic Resources

  1. Curated Vocabulary List for Chp. 1-29
  2. Electronic Resources for Shelmerdine.
    • includes vocab lists, exercises, audio pronunciation guides.
  3. LATN 101 Study Packets for review:
  4. Aeneid Resources:
Nuts & Bolts

Academic Conduct

You are expected to abide by Holy Cross’ Academic Integrity Policy, posted here. Cheating on homework, quizzes, or exams (defined here as but not limited to reproducing answers from an answer key, referring to forbidden notes to help answer questions, or copying another student’s answers) may result in penalties ranging from a failure on the specific assignment, quiz, or exam to failure for the entire course.


You must attend each meeting of the course to attain a good grade. I will be explaining the quite dense material in the textbook through examples and alternative ideas (mnemonic devices, helpful tips, etc.), so it will be to your benefit to attend class so as to make your homework and studying for quizzes and the exams less daunting.

If you must miss a class meeting for any reason, please inform me as soon as you know of the absence via e-mail before the class meeting begins, and we will correspond accordingly. More than two (2) unexcused absences, defined as a failure to appear in class without notifying me via e-mail that you won’t be there before the class period begins, will result in a full grade drop for the semester (e.g., an A- will be dropped to a B-).

It bears repeating: if you will miss class for any reason, you must e-mail me before that class period begins to let me know!

Any absence beyond the two allotted above for compelling and verifiable reasons (including but not limited to extended illness, a death or medical emergency in the family, a wedding in the immediate family, and participation in a college-sponsored athletic event) falls under Holy Cross’ Excused Absence Policy and requires a note from your Class Dean. See the full Excused Absence Policy here.


Any student who needs accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Office of Disability Services to discuss support services available. Once the office receives documentation supporting the request for accommodation, the student would meet privately with Disability Services to discuss reasonable and appropriate accommodations. Contact information for the Office of Disability Services can be found here.

If you are already registered with Disability Services, please be sure to get your accommodation letters and deliver them to me in a timely fashion. Instructors need 4-5 days advance notice to be able to facilitate the process of receiving testing accommodations.

Diversity and Inclusion

Studying Latin at Holy Cross is one way to challenge a centuries-long tradition that reserved the study of the ancient world for a privileged elite. The challenge goes beyond simply welcoming students however they identify their race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religious or spiritual tradition, or socioeconomic background. As we work to see the multicultural world of the ancient Mediterranean through the original thoughts and language of Latin speakers and writers, we reflect on and actively explore how this can help us recognize and respond to structures of power and privilege in our own lives.

This work is especially important today, when historically false images of the ancient world are being invoked to support particular political viewpoints. Studying Latin helps us see through erroneous assertions about the “whiteness” of the ancient Mediterranean, and reject claims that the Greco-Roman world is the special province of any ethnic or political group.

Extra Help

If you feel overwhelmed or need extra help, please do not hesitate to visit me in office hours or e-mail me. Additionally, there are resources outside the Classics department, like Academic Services and Learning Resources that can help. Remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question.

Assessment & Grades

Attendance and Participation: 10%
You must attend each class and actively engage with the material being taught (i.e., no distractions via cell phones or Facebook, no disruption of the class by having personal conversations, etc.). Participation is not optional; if you do not volunteer, I will call on you. Latin is a challenging language and requires engagement both inside and outside of the classroom; in addition to being an active participant in class, you are also expected to spend time outside of class reviewing your grammatical and syntactic concepts and practicing translation in addition to completing homework assignments from the workbook.

Homework: 30%
I will collect homework, check for completeness and correct it, and return it the next class meeting. For exercises in the textbook, please either type up your answers and bring a hard copy to class, or write out your translations / responses legibly on loose-leaf paper for submission. E-mail submissions will not be accepted unless you consult with me first and I have given express permission. For translation assignments, please submit both your translation and the marks or notes that you used to put the translation together (e.g., the Latin text with parentheses, arrows, and parsings, etc.). Homework will be graded for completeness rather than correctness, so if you’re completely stumped by a question, do make sure to put something down on the page or explain where the confusion or difficulty lies!

Quizzes: 30%
There will be fifteen (15) short quizzes throughout the semester, each weighted at 2%, designed to test your mastery of vocabulary, grammar, and translation. This comes out to a quiz per chapter of Shelmerdine (Chapters 17-29) and two quizzes on Vergil’s Aeneid 2. Quiz dates are 1/30, 2/4, 2/8, 2/13, 2/18, 2/27, 3/11, 3/15, 3/20, 3/25, 4/3, 4/8, 4/12, 4/26, and 5/6.

Midterms and Final exam: 30%
There will be two midterm exams and one final exam, each weighted at 10%, designed to test your understanding of grammatical concepts and ability to translate Latin into English and English into Latin. See the schedule below for details on what each exam will cover. Midterm exam dates are Wednesday, February 20, and Wednesday, March 27. The final exam date is TBD.

NOTE: If you cannot attend class and must miss a quiz or exam, you must let me know before the class meeting in order to be eligible for a make-up by e-mailing me. If you do not clear your absence with me beforehand and miss a quiz or exam, you will receive a 0% for that quiz or exam.

The final grade will be calculated as a percentage out of 100; then, it will be converted to a letter grade according to the following scheme:

A = 96-100%; A- = 90-95%
B+ = 87-89%; B = 84-86%; B- = 80-83%
C+ = 77-79%; C = 74-76%; C- = 70-73%
D+ = 67-69%; D = 65-66%
F = 0-64%

Grades ending in .45 or greater will be rounded up to the nearest whole number; grades ending in .44 or less will be rounded down to the nearest whole number.

By the way, to test whether you’ve read the syllabus all the way through, please choose your favorite vocabulary word in the glossary in Shelmerdine and e-mail it to me by Friday, 1/25, with the subject line “Latin vocab is fab(ulous)!”


Detailed Schedule

Homework will be assigned on a rolling basis, dependent upon how much we cover in class. I will write the homework assignment due the following class on the board at the end of any given class and update the course website with the assignment as we go.

Each entry below lists the topic of discussion for that day in class. You should read the chapter that will be discussed on any given day in advance of the class meeting. E.g., by the time class meets on Friday, January 25, you should have already read through Chapter 17.

Week 1

Wednesday, January 23
Course overview.
Review of Introduction to Latin 1 (Chapters 1-16 of Shelmerdine).

Friday, January 25
Chapter 17: Participles (Tenses, Uses, Ablative Absolute).

Week 2

Monday, January 28
Chapter 17 continued.
Homework due: Ex. 136.odds, 137, 139.evens.

Wednesday, January 30
Quiz #1: Chapter 17.
Chapter 18: Dependent Clauses (Noun Use: Relative Clause); Interrogative Pronoun: quis, quid; Interrogative Adjective: quī, quae, quod; Intensive Pronouns: īdem, ipse.
Homework due: Ex. 140.odds, 141, 142.evens.

Friday, February 1
Chapter 18 continued.
Homework due: Ex. 144, 145, 146, 147.

Week 3

Monday, February 4
Quiz #2: Chapter 18.
Chapter 19: Infinitive Forms (Perfect Active, Future Active, Review of all); Noun Clause: Indirect Statement; Tenses of the Infinitive in Indirect Statement.
Homework due: Ex. 148.odds, 149.evens, Practice Sentences (p. 171) odds.

Wednesday, February 6
Chapter 19 continued.
Homework due: Ex. 151, 152; Workbook - Chapter 19, section 91, 1-15 odds.

Friday, February 8
Quiz #3: Chapter 19.
Chapter 20: Irregular Verbs (volō, nōlō, mālō); Negative Commands with nōlō; Noun Clause: Objective Infinitive.
Homework due: Ex. 154.odds, Reading 25 (p. 178).

Week 4

Monday, February 11
Quiz #4: Chapter 20.
Chapter 21: Comparison of Adjectives (Declension of Comparatives, Irregular Comparison); Comparison with quam and Ablative of Comparison; Indefinite Pronoun: quīdam, quaedam, quoddam
Homework due: Ex. 158.odds, 160.evens, Practice Sentences (p. 187, notes/vocab on p. 188) 1-4, 8.

Wednesday, February 13
Chapter 21 continued.
Homework due: Ex. 162, ex. 163.odds; Workbook Chp. 21, Section 98

Friday, February 15
Quiz #5: Chapter 21.
Review: Chapters 17-21.
Homework due: Reading 29 (p. 194) (as far as you can get)

Week 5

Monday, February 18
Midterm #1: Chapters 17-21.
Study packet: Link here.
Answer key: Link here.

Wednesday, February 20
Midterm #1 Post-Mortem and Check Up from the Neck Up.
Chapter 22: Comparison of Adverbs; More on quam; Deponent Verbs (Special Intransitive: Deponent Verbs used with an Ablative Object)

Friday, February 22
Chapter 22 continued.
Homework due: Ex. 168 (voice = active, passive, or deponent; mood = indicative, imperative, or infinitive); Workbook Chp. 22, Section 102 (all).

Week 6

Monday, February 25
Quiz #6: Chapter 22.
Chapter 23: Irregular Verbs (eō, īre, iī/īvī, itūrus, to go; compounds of ; ferō, ferre, tulī, lātus, to carry, bear; compounds of ferō); vīs, vīs, f.
Homework due: Ex. 169; Practice Sentences (p. 208) odds.

Wednesday, February 27
Quiz #7: Chapters 23.
Chapter 24: Present Active / Passive Subjunctive; Present Subjunctive of sum, possum, and volō; Independent Uses of the Subjunctive: Exhortation/Command, Wish, Doubt, Possibility.
Homework due: Ex. 172.odds; 173.evens; 175.

Friday, March 1
Chapter 24 continued.
Homework due: Ex. 177, 178, 179.

SPRING BREAK: March 2 through March 10
Devote at least 15-30 minutes a day to practicing Latin! Write paradigms, translate exercises, whatever you need to do to return from Spring Break ready to go!

Week 7

Monday, March 11
Quiz #8: Chapter 24.
Chapter 25: Imperfect Active / Passive Subjunctive; Imperfect Subjunctive of sum, possum, and volō; Dependent Uses of the Subjunctive: Adverbial Clauses (Purpose, Result)
OPTIONAL homework: Ex. 181.odds, 182, Practice Sentences (p. 225) evens.

Wednesday, March 13
Chapter 25 continued.
Homework due: Ex. 184; Workbook Chp. 25 Section 113-115 (bottom of p. 131 to p. 132), Section 113-115 (middle of p. 132).

Friday, March 15
Quiz #9: Chapter 25.
Chapter 26: Perfect and Pluperfect Active Subjunctive; Perfect and Pluperfect Subjunctive of sum and possum; Tenses in Independent Uses of the Subjunctive; Tenses in Dependent Uses of the Subjunctive: Sequence of Tenses; Dependent Uses of the Subjunctive: Adverbial Clauses (Circumstance, Cause, Concession; Time, with anticipation)
Homework due: Ex. 186, 187.odds, Practice Sentences (p. 232) evens.

Week 8

Monday, March 18
Chapter 26 continued.
Homework due: Ex. 190, 192, 193.1-5

Wednesday, March 20
Quiz #10: Chapter 26.
Review: Chapters 22-26.
Homework due: Ex. 196, Practice Sentences (p. 243)

Friday, March 22
Midterm #2 review.

Week 9

Monday, March 25
Midterm #2: Chapters 22-26.
Study packet: Link here.

Wednesday, March 27
Midterm #2 Post-Mortem and Check Up from the Neck Up.
Chapter 27: Perfect and Pluperfect Passive Subjunctive; Adverbial Clauses: Conditions (Simple conditions, Subjunctive conditions)

Friday, March 29
Chapter 27 continued.
Homework due: Ex. 199.odds, 200, 201

Week 10

Monday, April 1
Quiz #11: Chapter 27.
Chapter 28: Irregular verb: fīō, fierī, factus sum; Dependent Uses of the Subjunctive: Noun Clauses (Noun Result, Indirect Question, Indirect Command, Clauses of Fearing)
Homework due: Ex. 202, 203, 204.odds

Wednesday, April 3 – Panopto class
Chapter 28 continued.
Panopto lecture: link here
Homework due: Ex. 205, 206

Friday, April 5 – Panopto class
Quiz #12: Chapter 28. - link here
Chapter 29: The Gerund; The Gerundive; Passive Periphrastic; Dative of Agent.
Panopto lecture: link here
Homework due: Ex. 208.1-4, 209

Week 11

Monday, April 8
Chapter 29 continued.
Homework due: Ex. 212, 213, 215

Wednesday, April 10
Quiz #13: Chapter 29.
Vergil’s Aeneid: Basics and Context of Book 2
Homework due: Ex. 216, 217

Friday, April 12
Vergil’s Aeneid 2
Homework due: Translate Vergil Aeneid 2.1-9.
Optional: Read pp. 1-16 in commentary (for context).

Week 12

Monday, April 15
Vergil’s Aeneid 2
Homework due: Translate Vergil Aeneid 2.6-13.

Wednesday, April 17
Quiz #14: Vergil’s Aeneid 2.
Vergil’s Aeneid 2
Homework due: Translate Vergil Aeneid 2.13-24

EASTER BREAK: April 18 through April 22
Once again, devote at least 15-30 minutes a day to practicing Latin! Write paradigms, translate exercises, whatever you need to do to return from Easter Break ready to go!

Week 13

Wednesday, April 24
NO CLASS (Academic Conference)

Friday, April 26
Vergil’s Aeneid 2
Homework due: Translate Vergil Aeneid 2.25-39.
Complete Quiz #14

Week 14

Monday, April 29
Vergil’s Aeneid 2
Homework due: Translate Vergil Aeneid 2.40-56.

Wednesday, May 1
Vergil’s Aeneid 2
Homework due: Translate Vergil Aeneid 2.199-215.
(Optional) Read Vergil Aeneid 2.57-198 in translation (up to and including “nor by the ten years of war, nor those thousand ships.”)

Friday, May 3
Vergil’s Aeneid 2
Homework due: Translate Vergil Aeneid 2.216-233.

Week 15

Monday, May 6
Quiz #15: Vergil’s Aeneid 2.
Introduction to Latin Retrospective

STUDY PERIOD: May 7 through May 8
EXAM PERIOD: May 9 through May 15

Final exam: Date TBD.