Introduction to Latin I

Starts on the Date/Time - Jan 23 2017 until 8 May 2017 - 10:15 am - 11:15 am

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CLASS DESCRIPTION: (section 1)tres columnae latin
For learners of all ages who do not know Latin (or think they’ve forgotten everything). This is not your grandmother’s Latin class! Instead of learning vocabulary and grammar in isolation, and then hoping to put it all together on a day that may never come, participants are immersed in the lives and adventures of three very different families who live in the small, beautiful, and ultimately doomed city of Herculaneum in the mid-first century C.E. By following and creating their adventures as part of the Tres Columnae Project, you will develop deep knowledge, skill, and understanding of the Latin language, Roman culture, and Roman history, plus you’ll learn grammar and vocabulary in a meaningful, enjoyable context.

latin GHF GHFOInstructor: Justin Schwamm   

5-10 students, 10 years and older

Time: Mondays 10:15-11:15 pm Pacific.

Weekly. Jan 23 - May 9, 2017. Spring Break TBD by instructor.

Class Registration Fee: $245.00 (GHF Members receive a $15 discount off of each class they sign up for)

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Unit I: familia Romana et familia mea (A Roman Family and My Family)

Major Topics:
Class Rules and Procedures
Pronunciation and Spelling of Latin
Greetings; essential classroom vocabulary
Introduction to reading Latin
Latin grammar: parts of speech
Roman families and family relationships
Introduction to writing Latin
Introduction to English derivatives and word study
Latin nouns: nominative, genitive, ablative case
Declension patterns
Daily life in Roman towns like Pompeii and Herculaneum (1st century C.E.)

Unit II: Domus Rōmāna et Domus Mea (A Roman Home and My Home)

Major Topics:
Types of housing in the Roman world
Housing and social class
Review of derivation and word study
Latin nouns: accusative casesummer latin
Mottoes and proverbs
Latin verbs: conjugation patterns; partēs prīncipālēs; genus dēpōnēns
Latin verbs: 1st, 2nd, 3rd person singular

 Unit III: amīcī et lūdus (Friends and Learning)

Major Topics:
Relationships between parents and children
Relationships between patrōnus and clientēs
Relationships between dominus and servī
Roman education; role of lūdī magister and paedagōgus
Roman core values (pietās, dignitās, gravitās); relations to cultural products and practices
Latin nouns: plural forms
Latin verbs: 3rd person plural form

 Unit IV: Diēs Fastī et Nefastī (Good and Bad Days)

Major Topics:
Daily life in Roman towns and rural areas
Implications of social status for daily life
Roman money; differences in relative prices between “then” and “now”
Implications of Roman core values for practices and perspectives about work and money
Latin nouns: dative case
Latin verbs oportet and decet; other ways to express necessity and obligation
Strategies for consolidating, retaining, and organizing vocabulary
Introduction to Latin adjectives; demonstrative pronouns; Roman holidays and celebrations
Relationship between sports/entertainment (gladiators, chariot racing, etc.), holidays, and cultural values
Life stages and transitions in the Roman world
Roman beliefs about death and afterlife
Latin verbs: modus inpersōnālis, modus supīnus, modus gerundīvus, and modus optātīvus

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