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LATIN 2AA3 Intermed. Latin II

Academic Year: Winter 2018

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Martin Beckmann


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 714

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23381

Office Hours: Tuesday 1:30-2:20

Course Objectives:

This course will continue the introduction of Latin grammar, with a special focus on introducing students to the skills needed for reading continuous Latin prose.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Required Materials:


H.H. Ørberg, Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata. Pars I. Familia Romana.

C.E. Bennett, New Latin Grammar OR A. Mahoney, Essential Latin Grammar (= a revised version of Bennett). This text (Bennett's original, not Mahoney's revised version) exists online in a searchable format, but for students planning to continue to third year, I recommend the physical book.




Chambers Murray Latin-English Dictionary

Method of Assessment:

  1. A (due Mondays) 5%

* Do the Pensum either online or on paper.

Sentence Analyses 5%

* The sentence analyses will be taken up immediately in class, so late assignments cannot be accepted.

Weekly Quizzes 40% (10 weekly quizzes, beginning Monday January 15; the 8 best quizzes will count for 5% each)*

* Quiz Makeup - if you miss a quiz due to illness and submit an MSAF, the makeup quiz will take place at 4:30pm on Tuesday in the following week. Note that you may miss two quizzes without penalty, though you should try to write all of them.

Final Exam 50% In exam period.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Pensum A and sentence analyses must be completed by the deadline. Late homework will not be accepted.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

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The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

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Modification of course outlines

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McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

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Topics and Readings:


Thursday, January 4 -- no class.

We will proceed at a pace of one chapter per week, to the end of Chapter 34. The final two weeks of classes will be spent reading original Latin, with a focus on understanding the word order of Latin poetry.

Other Course Information:


Sentence analysis homework is designed to make you familiar with the structure of Latin sentences, and thus to increase your ability to read Latin in its natural word order. This assignment is due every Thursday. This assignment will be posted weekly on Avenue. This assignment will be graded for completion only and we will take it up immediately in class.

Only Pensum A will be required as homework, due every Monday before the quiz. If you do this online you will benefit from auto-correction, but you may also hand it in on paper in class. If so, write out all text and underline the portion that is your answer.