use five core courses for a Classical Studies minor

LA 211A LATIN READINGS - Sallust's de bello Catilinae

spring 2018


This semester LA 211A will read a good part of the de bello Catilinae by C. Sallustius Crispus (Sallust). While in no sense a mirror of our contemporary world the de bello Catilinae nonetheless touches upon themes and issues that have a particular resonance in our own time and place.


The course will emphasize:


(1) Sallust's Latin style, taking the de bello Catilinae as representative in its way of early Classical Latin prose;


(2) the insights which the text provides into the historical circumstances and political values at the end of the Roman Republic.

Texts of the de bello Catilinaes will be distributed in class. Please do not make any marks in your texts since they 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 reading the text at its beginning.





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 and a final essay. These assignments will be explained in a later class.



LA211A and the core:


LA211A fulfills one semester of the foreign-language requirement in the core curriculum. Please see the statement on oblectives 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 in the de bello Catilinae not read in class (Perseus and/or 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: Monday and Thursday 1:30 pm, Wednesday 9:00 pm. Please come at the start of the period. I will stay as long as there is someone to see. If you plan to come in the evening please e-mail in advance.


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.


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