Emily Fairey

Undergraduate Courses 2017-2018

Greek (Ancient)

Beginning Greek

Open , Seminar—Year

This course provides an intensive introduction to ancient Greek grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, with the aim of reading authentic excerpts of ancient Greek poetry and prose as soon as possible. We will also examine the etymological relationship of Greek to English and discuss the development of Greek culture during the Classical era. There will be several short quizzes and two longer translation exercises. Students will also choose a special author or topic for a conference project. During the spring semester, while continuing to refine their grammar and reading skills, students will read extended selections of Plato’s Apology in the original Greek.

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Latin

Advanced Latin

Advanced , Seminar—Year

This course will explore the literature, history, and politics of the Late Roman Republic, with particular emphasis on the tumultuous years from the death of Sulla (78 BCE) to the death of Caesar (44 BCE). Closely examining works of Catullus, Lucretius, Cicero, Caesar, and Sallust, we will consider how the violent struggle for political power resulted in the demise of republican government and the centralization of authority in the hands of one individual. Class discussions and writing assignments will assess the relationship between intellectual views and political action during this critical moment in Western history. Students will attend seminar meetings and, in addition, develop and refine their reading comprehension skills by reading selections of the seminar texts in Latin for their conference work. Reading assignments will be read in their entirety in English. Additional conference hours and grammar review will be included, as necessary. Conference projects can also include science and linguistics. With the permission of the instructor, qualified students will participate in the Intermediate Latin seminar and complete additional readings in Latin for class and conference work.

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Intermediate Latin

Intermediate , Seminar—Year

This course will offer students who have established a foundation of Latin skills a chance to read poetic and prose works from a pair of famed authors of the Late Roman Republic: the poems of Catullus and Cicero's Pro Caelio. Poet and politician reveal very different attitudes about some of the same controversial figures in Roman life during this period. Catullus is famed for immortalizing his mistress, "Lesbia," in the groundbreaking genre of Roman neoteric poetry. This woman is traditionally identified as the notorious Clodia whom Cicero, in his exemplary legal oration, the Pro Caelio, blames for attacking his client. Through the study of these two authors, the conventions of Roman rhetoric and poetry will be introduced. To establish context, the class will explore the literature and history of the Late Roman Republic with particular emphasis on the tumultuous years from the death of Sulla (78 BCE) to the death of Caesar (44 BCE). Excerpts of other authors will be examined, including Lucretius, Caesar, and Sallust. There will be two formal translation exercises per semester, and students will develop a special topic in conference for a paper or presentation. Additional conference hours and grammar review will be included, as necessary.

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