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Latin 175: Doing things with Latin: Syntax and Stylistics

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

This is a rigorous introduction to Latin syntax, to the styles of Latin prose, and to the practice, history, and ideology of stylistic analysis and Latin composition. Students will contribute to a creative history of written Latin at Harvard, engaging in translation, transcription, and creative response to 300+ years of doing things with Latin on campus. This component of the course will culminate in a final online class project, The history and politics of Latin composition: 300 years of Latin at Harvard. We will explore together the pedagogical value of written Latin including, but not...

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Latin 125: Style and the Orator

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Through close reading and discussion of key texts in the history of Roman rhetorical theory, this course will investigate the role of rhetoric in Roman society, politics, and literary culture. Selections from Cicero, De Oratore Book 3; the letters of Seneca the Younger and Pliny the Younger; and Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria Book 12, will be read in the original with supplementary readings of other relevant primary and secondary sources in English. The focus will be on the figure of the orator as constructed by these sources, their practical deployment and theoretical...

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