April 24, 2011

Summer Online Courses about Caesar

For those of you who may want to brush up on Caesar, UMass Boston is offering two courses online this summer, beginning May 31 and ending August 25th as follows:

LATIN 302 (Undergraduate)/602 (Graduate) CAESAR Julius Caesar's Commentaries, descriptions of his actions during the Gallic), are unique. Among the greatest of Latin prose writings, they were produced by a writer who was also Rome's greatest general. Cicero said that the works merited "the highest praise", calling them "naked in their simplicity, straightforward yet graceful, stripped of all rhetorical adornment" in explaining Caesar's campaigns and in offering material for Roman historians. We will read extensive selections, including the passages taught in the AP Latin curriculum, with emphasis both on Caesar's style and on the historical value of his work.

In Julius Caesar were combined many remarkable men: Rome's greatest general, he reformed the calendar which we still use today. His political and legal initiatives transformed Roman government, and his building projects changed the city of Rome and its empire. His Commentaries on the Gallic and Civil Wars were models of the "clean" or "Attic" style of writing which offer both lively narrative and ethnographic description. Readings will include selections from the works of Caesar and his contemporaries, modern scholarship and biography, and discussion of his coins, portrait statues, and building projects.

Also available online this summer:
At the Undergraduate Level:
Latin 101 (First Semester Latin)
Classics 161 Demystifying English Vocabulary (an etymology course)
Classics 375 Greek and Roman Tragedy

The faculty at UMass Boston is committed to serving teachers of the Classics. We understand that these courses begin before the academic year ends in many parts of the USA, and we are prepared to make accommodations to assignments and due dates for those who might need them.

To register, go to: http://uc.umb.edu/credit

If you have any questions, please contact Jacqui Carlon at
Jacqueline.carlon at umb dot edu.

Carlon, J. [Latinteach] Summer Online. Latinteach listserv (latinteach@nxport.com, 21 Apr 2011).

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