Upper-level Programs in Latin and Greek
In the Upper-level programs, students apply the same rigorous emphasis on morphology and syntax that characterizes the Basic programs to reading an ambitious list of ancient texts. These programs are just as – if not more – demanding than the Basic programs and require the same level of commitment and focus. These courses are designed for qualified students who have completed the basic program in Greek or Latin plus additional upper-level work in the language, or at least two years (four semesters) of college-level Greek or Latin. The emphasis is on reading a substantial body of literature at a high level of grammatical precision.
The Upper-level programs run for seven weeks: during the first week, students intensively review basic morphology and syntax. For the remaining six weeks, the greatest effort is directed towards translating and analyzing texts. Daily quizzes, special tutorials and frequent drills are included. The large amount of reading is enriched by regular prose composition exercises. Throughout, there is emphasis on aspects of criticism that derive from a linguistic analysis of a text and that cannot be appreciated from a translation. Undergraduate, graduate students and non-traditional students are all welcome. This is not for the faint of heart!
Classes meet Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Upper-level programs, like the Basic ones, are team-taught, and students have 24 hour access to faculty. There are substantial nightly assignments. The work of the programs is extremely demanding, with the equivalent of one week's material in a normal college setting covered each day. No one should enroll who has any other commitment for the summer. Daily attendance is required. Eight undergraduate credits can be earned through Brooklyn College. Whether or not these credits can be applied elsewhere is the decision of authorities at the student's home school.
*Update for Summer 2020: Upper-level Latin offered online -- June 15 - August 4, 2020
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Works to be read will include the following, with additional selections to be read at sight.
- Lucretius – De Rerum Natura, Books 1 and 5 (selections)
- Seneca – Thyestes
- Suetonius – Caligula (selections)
- Tacitus – Annales 4-6, 14-16 (selections)
- Propertius – selected poems
Upper-level Greek: Offered Summer 2021
Course readings include rhetorical prose, drama, history, and a Platonic dialogue, as well as addtional selections to be read at sight. The curriculum may include:
- Lysias 1 – On the Murder of Eratosthenes
- Plato – Meno
- Sophocles – Ajax
- Thucydides – Book 2 (selections)