This course will explore the interdisciplinary magic of the language of the Romans. How has Latin stood the test of time? Why are its vocabulary and grammar intriguing? Where can we find Latin hiding throughout Western culture? The course will incorporate these questions into the following weekly topics: Greece's influence upon the Roman Republic and Empire, Pompeii and Herculaneum. scribes and manuscripts, Romano-British archaeological sites, Julius Caesar's "Gallic Wars," Latin in the modern world. No prior knowledge of Latin is required. This is the same course that was taught in the fall 2018 term. However, this course will contain little duplication of the instructor's other OLLI at Duke courses (given in the winter 2019 and spring 2019 terms). Please note: Textbooks will be provided; they may be borrowed at no fee or purchased for $5. No homework. Lecture (plus questions); facilitated discussion;listening to audio from the textbook.