Centre for Medieval Studies
LMB 301
MTWTHF, 10:30-12:00
Instructor: Andrew Hicks

This course offers a consolidation of Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary through daily assigned readings and optional English-Latin written assignments. It assumes a solid foundation in Latin morphology, syntax, and core vocabulary. Students with weaknesses in these areas must take responsibility for any additional work they deem necessary. Be advised that in class we will work only from the Latin, and students should not prepare a written translation for use in class. More benefit and greater proficiency is gained from engaging the Latin anew in the classroom after careful study at home. There is no required text for this course, and all reading will be distributed in photocopy. Possible authors and texts include: Boethius, Sedulius, Fulbert of Chartres, Odilo of Cluny, Goscelin of Saint-Bertin, John of Salisbury, Joseph of Exeter, Peter of Blois, Gervaise of Tilbury, Petrarch, John Gower, and assorted legal and ecclesiastical documents, among others.

The goal of this course is to develop the advanced reading and comprehension skills necessary to pass the Level Two Medieval Latin Examination. To that end, the course will be structured around three different types of reading assignments: (1) daily assigned passages for study and preparation (with grammar and dictionary) designed to increase students' command of Medieval Latin syntax and grammar; (2) weekly re-reading (without dictionary or grammar) of assigned passages followed by an in-class, written translation—drawn from the same—designed to enable students to consolidate and commit to memory common syntactic structures and vocabulary; and (3) weekly assigned long passages (8–10 pages) of moderate-level, narrative Latin designed to build students' proficiency, speed, and confidence.

I am happy to meet with students outside of class to answer qustions and to assign and check supplementary exercises, if desired. On Mondays and Wednesdays I will be available before class (from 10:00 to 10:30); on Tuesdays and Thursdays, after class (from 12:00 to 12:30). 

Below you will find a continuously updated course schedule. As we progress through the course, I will post the introductions to the readings, answers to all written assignments, and any additional reference material that may prove useful. I will not, however, make a habit of posting the readings themselves. Please note that students who would benefit from a review of basic morphology and syntax may find useful my summaries of the verbal system (present and perfect), nouns and adjectives, relatives, and pronouns. Additional remedial material can be found on my Basic Latin page. Students are strongly encouraged to read and familiarize themselves with A.G. Rigg's Traditional Grammatical Terminology: Latin.

Week One (July 12–16):

12 M Course Introduction:
Gaberbocchus/Mors Iabrochii (notes on Latin translations coming soon)
13 T Lectio I: Sedulii Paschalis carminis praefatio et liber primus usque ad lineam 59
14 W Lectio I: Paschale carmen (cont.), liber primus usque ad lineam 126
15 Th Lectio I: Paschale carmen (cont.), liber primus usque ad lineam 187
16 Fr Lectio I: Paschale carmen (cont.), liber quintus usque ad lineam  69


Week Two (July 19–23):

19 M Long Reading I: Goscelini de Sancto Bertino Liber confortatorius, Prologus et capitulum primum (pp. 26-27)
In-class Translation I: Paschale carmen, liber primus 1-187 et liber quintus 1-47.
20 T Lectio II: Ioannis Saresberiensis Epistola 33 usque ad "haec hactenus" [stop] (pp. 55-58)
21 W Lectio II: Epistola 110 (pp. 175-178, usque ad "quam orationibus prosequaris")
22 Th Lectio II: Epistola 110 usque ad finem (178-179) and Epistola 135 (pp. 249-251)
23 Fr Lectio II: Prologus in Metalogicon


Week Three (July 26–30):

26 M Long Reading II: Ioannis Saresberiensis Epistola 134: The Will of Archbishop Theobald
In-class Translation II
27 T Lectio III: Boetii De institutione musica et de arithmetica: De musica, proemium, usque ad p. 3, 15 (...nec fera nec varia.)
28 W Lectio III: De musica, proemium, usque ad p. 5, 10 (...suetum producere manes)
29 Th Lectio III: De musica, proemium, ad finem usque et De arithmetica, prologus, usque ad p. 4, 28 (multiplicem materiam praestant.)
30 Fr Lectio III: De arithmetica, prologus (ad finem usque) et proemium usque ad p. 12, 72 (...rursus illuminent)


Week Four (August 2–6):

3 T Long Reading II: Goscelini de Sancto Bertino Liber confortatorius, Partus dilectionis (pp. 28-29), Salus peregrinantium sanctorum (pp. 37-38), et Exemplum (p. 50-52)
In-class Translation III: Boetii De institutione musica (proemium) et De aritmetica (prologus et proemium) 
4 W Lectio IV:  Hieronymi Vita Malchi monachi captiui, ad usque 387 (p. 626, lineam 25)
5 Th Lectio IV: Vita Malchi ad usque 390 (p. 632, lineam 13)
6 Fr Lectio IV: Vita Malchi ad finem usque (p. 636, lineam 10)


Week Five (August 9–13):

9 M Long Reading III: Goscelini de Sancto Bertino Liber confortatorius, Spes orbatorum
In-class Translation IV: Hieronymus
10 T Goscelini de Sancto Bertino Liber confortatorius, Spes orbatorum (cont.)
Lectio V: Francisci Petrarcae De uiris illustribus, sec. 1--10
11 W Lectio V: (cont.)
12 Th Lectio V: (cont.)
13 Fr Lectio V: (cont.)


Week Six (August 16–20):

16 M Lectio VI: Iosephus Iscanus, TBA
In-class Translation V: Petrarca
17 T Lectio VI: (cont.)
18 W Lectio VI: (cont.)
19 Th Lectio VI: (cont.)
20 Fr Lectio VI: TBA (cont.)
In-class Translation VI: Iosephus Iscanus
Course wrap-up