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Objectives for Latin Majors
- Acquire the ability to read with comprehension randomly selected
passages of Latin/Greek texts, demonstrating the mastery of relevant vocabulary and syntax.
- Acquire the ability to read Latin/Greek texts with correct pronunciation
and, in the case of poetic texts, accurate metrical scansion.
- Acquire the ability to recognize and analyze the effects of stylistic
features of Latin/Greek texts (e.g., dialect, diction, archaisms, literary
allusions, rhetorical tropes, meter, and poetic artifice).
- Develop knowledge of major authors' lives and works that informs the
student's understanding of the authors' historical significance--student
should be able to assess the literary and intellectual relationships between
authors and other preceding or contemporary literary figures, to assess the
authors' contributions to the literary development of the genres involved,
and to assess the authors' contributions to the chronological development
of important intellectual themes.
- Become familiar with the chronological transmission and impact of authors'
texts from manuscript to printed text.
- Demonstrate assimilation of the content in courses taken for the major,
through verbal discussion, written examinations, class presentations, and papers/projects
which evince mastery of research methodologies and critical evaluation of primary and secondary sources.
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