LA 210A LATIN READINGS  (Roman Comedy)

                                                                                                                     fall 2017


This semester LA 210A will read in Latin a large part of the Heauton Timoroumenos, a comedy by the Roman playwright Terence.  The course will emphasize:


1. the dramatic aspects of the play;

2. the social background implied by the play;

3. the Latin style of the author.


Texts of the Heauton Timoroumenos will be distributed in class. Please do not make any marks in your text since it will be used for quizzes. If there are any marks whatsoever in your text you will receive an F for the quiz.


After some brief introductory remarks we will begin our reading at the start of Act I of the Heauton Timoroumenos (line 53, after the prologue).



At the end of each class session readings will be assigned for preparation for the next class. Preparation means translating the assigned readings to the best of your ability, using the associated computer tutorial materials (see below) before you come to class. You are responsible for all texts assigned in class, whether or not they are actually covered in the next class session. You are urged to work together in small groups preparing the assigned texts, though, of course, you will be personally responsible for the entire assigned text, whether you work cooperatively or individually.


There are computer tutorial materials at the Perseus website associated with the texts to be read. You should use these tutorial materials as part of the process of preparing the translation, and not as a separate activity.


There will also be a small-group assignment involving the acting, in Latin, of a scene from the Heauton Timoroumenos. This assignment will be explained in class.


There will also be a take-home final essay dealing with some social and/or literary aspect of the Heauton Timoroumenos. This too will be explained in class.


LA210A and the core:


LA210A fulfills one semester of the foreign-language requirement in the core curriculum. Please see the statement of objectives and outcomes of this core requirement here.




There will be a brief (two-three minute) translation quiz on the first class day of each week during the semester, covering all texts translated in class since the last quiz. These translation quizzes will account for 50% of your semester grade. If you miss a quiz for any reason plan on taking a make-up on the first day you return to class.


There will be a sight translation of a passage from another play by Terence not read in class (a dictionary may be used for this translation). This translation will account for 10% of your semester grade.


The small-group assignment will account for 15% of your semester grade.


The take-home final assignment will account for 25% of your semester grade.


To avoid surprises you should check with me periodically during the semester to see how you are doing.




According to the University's Catalogue, "All students are expected to attend every scheduled class session. The impact of attendance on grading is specified in the syllabus." It is your responsibility to determine when circumstances are sufficient to prevent you from attending class.

Electronic Devices:


Use of cellphones, texting devices or similar personal communications gear during class is unacceptable. Please turn all such devices off before class begins. Computers, netbooks, etc. can be useful in class but their use in any way unconnected with the class (e-mailing, checking Facebook, etc.) is unacceptable since it prevents you from giving your full attention to the class, it distracts other students, and it is simply rude. If you violate these norms for the use of electronic devices you will be penalized.




Professor Rosivach

DMH 126


Office hours will be posted on the class website during the second full week of classes.


e-mail: If you have any questions on any topic related to class, e-mail me and I will answer your question as soon as I am able. My e-mail address is


If you have to communicate with me for any reason, I would prefer that you use e-mail, not voice-mail. If you do use voice-mail, please do not expect me to return your call.


The website for this course is: