What is the course about?
The course aims to improve your fluency in reading Latin by translating selected passages from Apuleius’ Asinus aureus (“The Golden Ass”).
What will we cover?
We will read selected passages from Apuleius’ Asinus aureus (Metamorphoseon libri XI). We shall rely on an anthology (Finkelpearl, E.D., 2012. An Apuleius Reader: Selections from the Metamorphoses. Mundelein, Illinois: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- demonstrate knowledge of Apuleius’ language and style;
- demonstrate improved knowledge of Latin grammar.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have completed at least four years of Latin, or have an equivalent level of the language. As this course is taught in English, you should be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English and also take part in class and group discussions on readings. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support with your English skills to help you take part fully in this class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Whole class work; reading and translating, tutor posing questions and answering questions raised by the students. General discussion on language, style, theme(s), background points etc. Students will be asked to prepare a portion of the text for each class. Each reading session will entail a detailed grammatical analysis of the Latin text. Homework: about 2 hours per week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Finkelpearl, E.D., 2012. An Apuleius Reader: Selections from the Metamorphoses. Mundelein, Illinois: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Another Latin 5 class starting in April.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details