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Latin

By the end of the first two years, we expect that students will develop:

  1. Intermediate competency in Latin:
    • Recognize and employ a moderate vocabulary in the language.
    • Identify and use correct forms of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, verbs, and conjunctions.
    • Understand and use correct grammar & syntax.
    • Comprehend and correctly translate edited, and original Latin prose and poetry.

  2. Broad familiarity with ancient Roman culture and civilization:
    • Recognize major figures and developments in Roman history.
    • Know major contributions of Roman culture to our own.
    • Appreciate the transmission of the classical heritage.

  3. Appropriate writing skills:
    • Translate Latin texts accurately into English.

At the advanced level we expect students to demonstrate:

  1. Advanced competency in Latin:
    • Recognize and employ a broader vocabulary in the language.
    • Comprehend and correctly translate more sophisticated grammatical constructions.
    • Be familiar with several major Latin authors and their styles.
    • Interpret Roman literature in its cultural context

  2. Deeper familiarity with ancient Roman culture and civilization:
    • Identify major characteristics of Roman civilization, including typical values and beliefs.
    • Recognize major figures and themes in Greco-Roman mythology, including the Olympian deities, and the stories of the Trojan War and the founding of Rome.
    • Understand the cultural diversity of the Roman world and the rise of Christianity within it.

  3. Advanced writing skills:
    • Understand and discuss the context, structure, and function of literary works.
    • Employ appropriate skills in the critical analysis of literature.
    • Translate Latin texts accurately into idiomatic English.
    • Analyze Roman literature and civilization effectively in essays long and short

Greek

By the end of the first year, we expect that students will develop:

  1. Intermediate competency in ancient Greek:
    • Recognize and employ a moderate vocabulary in the language.
    • Identify and use correct forms of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, verbs, and conjunctions.
    • Understand and use correct grammar & syntax.
    • Comprehend and correctly translate edited and original texts of prose and poetry in Greek.

  2. Broad familiarity with ancient Greek culture and civilization:
    • Recognize major periods and developments in Greek history.
    • Know major contributions of Greek culture to our own.
    • Appreciate the transmission of the classical heritage.

  3. Appropriate writing skills:
    • Translate ancient Greek texts accurately into the English language.

At the advanced level we expect students to demonstrate:

  1. Advanced competency in ancient Greek:
    • Recognize and employ a broader vocabulary in the language.
    • Comprehend and correctly translate more sophisticated grammatical constructions.
    • Be familiar with several major authors and their styles.
    • Interpret Greek literature within its cultural context.

  2. Deeper familiarity with ancient Greek culture and civilization:
    • Identify major characteristics of Greek civilization, including typical values and beliefs.
    • Recognize major figures and themes in Greco-Roman mythology, including the Olympian deities, and the stories of the Trojan War.
    • Understand the cultural diversity of the Greco-Roman world and the rise of Christianity within it.

  3. Advanced writing skills:
    • Understand and discuss the context, structure, and function of literary works.
    • Employ appropriate skills in the critical analysis of literature.
    • Translate ancient Greek texts accurately into idiomatic English and understand the difference modes of expression of those two languages.
    • Analyze Greek literature and civilization effectively in essays and be able to articulate those.

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