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LATIN 3H03 Topics in Latin Poetry (C01)

Academic Year: Winter 2019

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Mariapia Pietropaolo


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 709

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23455

Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 9:30 – 10:30

Course Objectives:

This course will help you to develop your fluency in reading Latin verse by studying extended selections from Latin love elegy. You will learn the principles of prosody and metre -- in particular how to scan the elegiac couplet -- and you will gain the confidence to read unabridged Latin with the aid of a dictionary. You will also improve your sight translation skills and have opportunities to discuss poems by the Latin elegists as works of literature of the Augustan age.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Miller, P.A. (ed.) Latin Erotic Elegy: An Anthology and Reader. London: Routledge, 2002.

ISBN: 978-0415243728


You should also have a Latin-English dictionary and a Latin grammar.

Method of Assessment:

Participation, Preparation, Attendance                                               20%                

Midterm Test  (February 14)                                                               20%

Sight Quiz (March 11)                                                                        10%

Close Reading Assignment (due March 28)                                       20%

Final Examination                                                                               30%

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

If you should need an accommodation, it is your responsibility to contact the instructor before the scheduled quiz or test in order to determine what is appropriate. A missed quiz or test will receive a mark of zero unless you do so. Late assignments will lose 2% per day. Should you require an extension, you must discuss this with the instructor before the due date.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

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Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

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

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

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

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

We will read through the selections from Miller’s Anthology at a comfortable pace. Until such a pace is established, assignments will be announced in class. You are expected to come to class having prepared the assigned work (translation and/or scansion). You should come prepared to translate and participate in discussion. Details for the Close Reading Assignment will be given in advance of the due date.

Other Course Information:

In this course we will be using Avenue to Learn ( Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor.

At certain points in the course it may make good sense to modify the schedule. The instructor may modify elements of the course and will notify students accordingly (in class, on the course website).