Upper-level Programs in Latin and Greek
Next offered Summer 2023
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 demanding as the Basic programs and require the same level of commitment and focus. 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, high school, and non-traditional students are all welcome. This is not for the faint of heart!
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.
The following courses will be offered remotely and taught via Zoom. Students will need a stable internet connection and a device with microphone and video capability.
For students with one or more years of college-level Latin (preparedness for Upper-level Latin verified by diagnostic exam). High school students with strong Latin are encouraged to apply. Works to be read will include selections from the following:
- Caesar – De Bello Gallico
- Cicero – Somnium Scipionis
- Seneca – Apocolocyntosis, Thyestes
- Augustine – Confessions
- Suetonius – De Vita Caesarum
- Vergil – Aeneid
For students with at least two years of college-level Greek. Course readings include rhetorical prose, drama, history, and a Platonic dialogue, as well as additional selections to be read at sight. The curriculum will include:
- Xenophon – Apology
- Lysias 1 – On the Murder of Eratosthenes
- Plato – Phaedrus
- Sophocles – Ajax
- Thucydides – Book 2.1-65