All students study Latin in their
first and second years.
Advanced and regular courses in Latin literature
and poetry are available to juniors and seniors
in alternate years. Greek is also available as
an elective beginning in junior year. In addition
to Advanced Placement courses which prepare students
for the CEEB Advanced Placement test, students
who qualify may obtain up to twelve credits in
Latin and Greek at the University of Scranton.
Such credits may be granted through recommendation
by the Scranton Preparatory School. They may satisfy
general degree requirements at the University
or may be applied as part of a classics major.
Latin I presents the fundamentals of Latin grammar
and vocabulary in the context of graded readings.
Students acquire fundamental linguistic skills
as they learn through listening, reading, speaking,
and writing. The contact with the linguistic organization
provides disciplinary value and emphasis on the
nature of words contributes to the students’
command of their own tongue. The most important
objective of the work in first year is the establishing
of a firm foundation in vocabulary, forms, syntax,
and basic reading.
In the first semester students review first-year
material and learn several new grammatical constructions
as they practice reading simple Latin based on
the early legends and history of Rome. In
the second semester, students read the authentic
Latin of Livy, Caesar, and Ovid. Supplementary
reading in mythology and ancient politics give
students a wider understanding of the Roman world.
Students continue to hone their linguistic skills
as they encounter more difficult Latin passages.
Students demonstrate their ability to comprehend
the Latin through translation, paraphrase, and
interrogation in Latin. Frequent reading at sight
leads to a mastery of reading and comprehension
A. P. Latin is an elective course open to juniors
and seniors. The classical epic is studied as
a unique literary form. The Latin text of the
Aeneid is analyzed and substantial portions carefully
examined with emphasis on poetic technique and
literary merit. Supplementary reading in contemporary
journals and in critical evaluations is required.
Students will prepare for the College Board A.P.
Vergil Examination. Students will develop skills
in analysis and critical thinking as they are
asked to translate, analyze, and interpret the
Latin text. Through frequent essays students demonstrate
their comprehension of the Latin text and the
major themes of the Aeneid. This course carries
eligibility for college credit at the University
Latin Poetry follows the same general outline
as the advanced course, but with slightly reduced
content. This course carries eligibility for college
credit at the University of Scranton.
HONORS LATIN LITERATURE
Latin Literature offers a survey of the literature of Catullus, Ovid, Horace, and Cicero. Students read selections from the following: the poems of Catullus, Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Amores, Horace’s Odes, and Cicero’s Pro Archia. In this course, students develop proficiency in translating and interpreting Latin literature and in reading progressively more difficult sight passages. Supplementary reading in contemporary journals and in critical evaluations is required. Students in this course are eligible for college credit at the University of Scranton.
Latin Literature has the same general outline and goals as the Honors Latin literature course, but with slightly reduced content. Students in this course are eligible for college credit at the University of Scranton.
Greek I is an elective course offered to juniors.
This course presents the fundamentals of Greek
grammar and vocabulary with emphasis on etymology.
In addition to language itself, students examine
early Greek legends and Greek culture and begin
to develop the skills of translation and interpretation
of varies Greek authors and texts. Students apply
linguistic organizations skills learned in Latin
I and II to their study of Greek.
The Greek II course begin with a grammar and vocabulary
review as a means to enhancing skills that students
develop through out the year in reading, translation,
and interpretation of classical Greek prose: historical
(e.g. Xenophon’s Anabasis) and philosophical
(e.g. Plato’s Apology) as
well as poetry: lyric, epic (e.g. Homer’s
Odyssey) and dramatic (e.g. Sophocles’ Antigone).
Students also acquire a thorough understanding
of classical Greek culture through their studies.
This course carries eligibility for college at
the University of Scranton.
MYTH AND EPIC
Myth & Epic is a senior elective which provides
students with an opportunity to study the development
of literature from its oral tradition to eventual
written form. The course focuses on the stories
of Roman and Greek mythology and early epic literature
and explains how such stories provide the key
to understanding many aspects of the ancient
world and the cultures of modern societies. It
the similarities and differences between primitive
and modern perceptions of life as seen through
literature. The course provides students with
a point of reference for understanding the rich
tradition of much of world literature (ancient
and modern) which is derived from these ancient
stories and their forms. Students will read Edith
Hamilton’s Mythology, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Vergil’s Aeneid, and extensive
excerpts from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
They will learn the Greek alphabet and analyze
from the epics in their original form.