Lat 106 S05




Joshua D. Sosin

Coordinates: TTh 11:40-12:55; 234 Allen Bldg

Classical Studies
229A Allen Bldg.
Office Hours: T 1-3; W 9-10
(and any time I am in my office)
Phone: 681-2992 |

Spiel: This course is designed to help you (a) improve the facility, confidence, and speed with which you read Latin verse and (B) appreciate this "totally Roman" genre (Quintilian said, "satura tota nostra est") . To that end we shall read aloud, translate, and discuss selections from Lucilius, Horace, Persius, and Juvenal.

I hope that we as a class will keep two goals in mind:

  • As we improve we will aim to move beyond "translating" so that we may begin to "read;" translate literally but sensibly; get the feel for a word's full semantic range such that you do not always translate a given word in precisely the same way; get comfortable with the way that Latin works and sounds;
  • While each of you is responsible for your own translation and progress, I hope that we will work together, building on our different strengths; in practice this means paying attention to each other when we translate and politely pitching in whenever appropriate.

Sources: (you can probably find some or all of these used);

  1. REQUIRED: Juvenal, Satires: Book I; ed. S. Morton Braund (Cambridge 1996) ISBN: 0521356679 (pbk.) [ amz | abe ]
  2. RECOMMENDED: Horace, Satires and Epistles; Persius, Satires, transl. N. Rudd; Penguin (Must use 1997 edition) ISBN: 0140442790. [ amz | abe ]
  3. RECOMMENDED: Juvenal, The Sixteen Satires; transl. P. Green; Penguin (Must use 3rd, 1998, edition) ISBN: 0140447040 [ amz | abe ]

  4. REQUIRED: PDFs of texts and commentaries for Horace's Sermones and Persius' Satires (also Lucilius eventually) are available for download here (free Acrobat Reader). Access from outside the Duke domain is barred; to access the materials from an outside ISP, you'll need to configure your browser to use a Duke proxy server (simple instructions).

Supports: I encourage you to explore The Perseus Digital Library, which you may find very useful. For example, it contains a Latin text of Horaces' Sermones; this is not the same text that we are using in class, but it is pretty similar. Every word in the on-line text is linked to a tool that will parse forms and point you to the Lewis & Short dictionary entry. Or, go directly: Latin Morphological Analysis (e.g. for dederit) | Lewis & Short (e.g. laudo). Be advised, Perseus' lexical tools work better for Greek than Latin, so you will encounter glitches (words that are said not to exist in the dictionary, forms that the script does not recognize, etc.). The Morph. Analysis, wonderful as it is, does not replace old-fashioned memorization and know-how. The on-line L&S will be especially handy for those of you who do not own a big dictionary like Lewis & Short or the Oxford Latin Dictionary. If Perseus is sluggish or temporarily dead go to the U. Chicago mirror site: in the URL just replace "" with "". I have also posted a few paradigms and other helps.

NOTE: I shall post daily reading goals as we go; if on any given day you are uncertain how far to read, consult this syllabus.

Week For Tues. For Thurs.

01/13 - Introductions


READ: Horace. Sat. I 1.1-60 (60 ll.)

Download Satires and commentary

READ: Hor. Sat. I 1.61-121(61 ll.)


READ: Hor. Sat. I 2.1-63 (63 ll.)

READ: Hor. Sat. I 2.64-124 (61 ll.)


READ: Hor. Sat. I 2.125-134 (10 ll.)
READ: Hor. Sat. I 4.1-89 (89 ll.)

READ: Hor. Sat. I 4.90-143 (54 ll.)
READ: Hor. Sat I 10.1-24 (24 ll.)


02/08 - Horace Quiz (covering Sat. I 1, 2, 4, 10.1-24 = 422 lines)

READ: Hor. Sat. I 10.46-92

READ: Hor. Sat. I 10.25-45

READ: Pers. Sat. prologue (14 ll.)
READ: Pers. Sat. 1.1-7 (7 ll.)

Download Satires and commentary; you might also find this other commentary, which is pitched a bit lower, useful.


READ: Shoot for Pers. Sat. 1.8-62

READ: Pers. Sat. 1.61-111


READ: Pers. Sat. 1.112-134
READ: As much of Pers. Sat. 3 as you can; we will strive to finish 3 on Thursday.

READ: finish Pers. Sat. 3


03/01 - Persius Quiz (Hor. Sat. 10; Pers. Sat. 1, 3)

READ: Juv. Sat. 1.14-72

READ: Juvenal Sat. 1.1-13

READ: Juv. Sat. 1.72-157

READ: Juv. Sat. 1.158-end
READ: Juv. Sat. 2.1-71 (if you are able to get through 81, great!).


03/15 Spring Break
READ: In flight magazine

03/17 Spring Break
READ: Back of the cereal box


READ: Juv. Sat. 2.72-135

READ: Juv. Sat. 2.135-170
READ: Juv. Sat. 3.1-24


READ: Shoot for Juv. Sat. 3.24-108

READ: Juv. Sat. 3.106-185


READ: Juv. Sat. 3.186-267

READ: Juv. Sat. 3.264-322
READ: Virgil, Eclogue 1 in English
READ: Juv. Sat. 5.1-23 (Note: we skip Sat. 4)


READ: Juv. Sat. 5.24-106

READ: Juv. Sat. 5.107-173


04/19 - Juvenal Quiz

04/21 - Field Trip to Special Collections
Meet at 11:40 in the lobby in front of the Dalton Brand Research Room (map); we'll look at a MS of Juvenal and--time permitting--from there head to 344D Perkins to look at some papyri.

READ: See how far you can get in Lucilius, starting at the start (10, 15, 20 lines, however much you can do); do not read all of the fragments--just the ones that I've marked with red boxes (boxes don't seem to print, so check page against screen before you walk away from the printer). I've marked the following:

  • I: 2, 3-4, 20-22, 30-32, 33, 37, 50-51
  • II: 62, 67-69, 80-81, 87-93
  • III: 102-105, 111, 133-134, 143-145, 167-169, 172-175, 176-181
  • V: 200-207, 208-210
  • VI: 269, 275-276, 278-281, 283
  • VII: 303-305, 306-307
  • VIII: 324-325, 331-332, 333
  • IX: 352-353, 354-355, 359-360, 362-363, 382-383, 384-387, 398-400, 401-410
  • X: 445-447
  • XV: 507-508, 524-529
  • XVII 559-561, 567-573
  • XX: 601-603
  • XXVI: 635, 644-645, 729-730
  • XXVII: 761-762, 791-792
  • XXVIII: 846-847
  • XXX: 1028-1029
  • Unassigned: 1145-1151
16 04/26
READ: roughly 40-50 lines of Lucilius, from the list above.
 EXAM: Mon. 2 May, 2-5 pm; same room; schedule

Sweat: You can earn a total of 500 points in this class; they break down as follows:

  1. Daily Translation: 200 points; this is the most critical feature of the course. We shall devote the bulk of each day in class to translating aloud.

  2. Author Exams: 200 points (Horace 60, Persius 60, Juvenal 80); these are straightforward translation exams; 50 minutes; no dictionary.

  3. Final: 100 points; cumulative translation exam; somewhat less than 3 hours; no dictionary.

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