Textbooks will be provided which can be purchased at a nominal cost of $5 if the student wishes to own it. Borrowing a textbook during the six week period is an option for no fee.
PLEASE NOTE THE REVISED DESCRIPTION OF THIS COURSE:
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 class will incorporate these questions into the following weekly topics: Caecilius, a Pompeian banker whose house and records were frozen in time in 79 CE by Mt. Vesuvius’s eruption; the unique power of Roman artifacts; from the American Founding Fathers to Harry Potter; domestic life in Roman Britain; Julius Caesar in Gaul in the 50s BCE; and persuasive speech - the original meaning of "rhetoric" - as the mainstream of Roman education. No prior knowledge of Latin is required. No homework. This is the same course that was taught in the Spring 2018 term. However, this course will contain little duplication of the instructor’s other OLLI courses (given in the Winter 2018, Fall 2018, and Winter 2019 terms).