1. Course Number: LAT201
    Course Title: Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin
    Term: Fall 2017

Instructor

Dr. Philippe Yates, pyates@holyapostles.edu

  1. 1. Course Description

Latin is at the root of many modern languages, including large sections of English. Historically it was the language of record and of scholarly discourse in Western Europe. It is also the primary language of the western part of the Catholic Church, which is even called the “Latin Church”. Latin is the normative liturgical, legislative and bureaucratic language of the Catholic Church. Many important historical, philosophical, theological and canonical texts are not translated, and translations are not always reliable. For all these reasons, an understanding of Latin is essential for any in-depth study of western history, canon law, liturgy, theology and philosophy – especially for those who would seek to understand the Catholic Church's contribution to western culture.

This course is designed to introduce the student to the basics of ecclesiastical Latin, which will also enable the student to begin to approach medieval and modern Latin texts. It is the first of three courses designed to give the student the skills to read modern ecclesiastical Latin (including that used in the Code of Canon Law) and medieval Latin theological and philosophical documents (such as St. Thomas' Summa).

  1. 2. Envisioned Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate an ability to read, understand and write basic Latin texts. In particular students will demonstrate among other abilities:

  1. 3. Course Schedule

  1. Week 1: Pronunciation, Nouns and Prepositions

  1. Lectures

LA1A  Pronunciation of Ecclesiastical Latin

LA1B An Overview of Nouns

LA1C First Declension Nouns

LA1D An Overview of Prepositions

  1. Readings

Collins, A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin, p. 1-12.

  1. Assignments

Drills and Translation exercises

  1. Week 2: Nouns, Esse – to be, Statements, Subject-Verb Agreement, Genitive of Possession

  1. Lectures

LA2A Second Declension Masculine Nouns

LA2B Present tense of the Copulative Verb sum 'to be'

LA2C Kinds of Sentences

LA2D Direct Statements

LA2E Agreement of Subject and Verb

LA2F Genitive of Possession

  1. Readings

Collins, A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin, p. 13-20

  1. Assignments

 Drills and Translation Exercises

  1. Week 3: Nouns, Tenses of sum, Dative

  1. Lectures

LA3A Second Declension Neuter Nouns

LA3B Imperfect tense of sum

LA3C Future tense of sum

LA3D Dative of the Possessor

  1. Readings

Collins, A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin, p. 21-26

  1. Assignments

Drills and Translation Exercises

  1. Week 4: Adjectives, Nominal Sentences and Syntax Questions

  1. Lectures

LA4A Adjectives: An Overview

LA4B First/Second Declension Adjectives

LA4C Agreement of Adjective and Noun

LA4D Nominal Sentences

LA4E How to Answer Syntax Questions (I)

  1. Readings

Collins, A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin, p. 27-33

  1. Assignments

Drills and Translation Exercises

  1. Week 5: Verbs, Accusative, Dative, Parsing

  1. Lectures

LA5A Verbs: An Overview

LA5B Present-Stem System

LA5C Present Indicative Active: First Conjugation

LA5D Word Order

LA5E Coordination (Compound Sentences)

LA5F Accusative as Direct Object

LA5G Dative as Indirect Object

LA5H Ablative of Separation

LA5I Compounding of Verbs: Prepositions as Prefixes

LA5J Parsing

  1. Readings

Collins, A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin, p. 34-47

  1. Assignments

Drills and Translation Exercises

  1. Week 6: Present Indicative Active, Direct Questions, Ablative

  1. Lectures

LA6A Present Indicative active: Second Conjugation

LA6B Present Indicative Active: Third Conjugation

LA6C Direct Questions (I)

  1. Readings

Collins, A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin, p.48-55

  1. Assignments

Drills and Translation Exercises

  1. Week 7: Present Indicative Passive, Ablative

  1. Lectures

LA7A Present Indicative Passive: All Four Conjugations

LA7B Ablative of Personal Agency

LA7C Ablative with Certain Adjectives

  1. Readings

Collins, A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin, p. 56-63,

  1. Assignments

Drills and Translation Exercises

  1. Week 8: Imperfect Indicative, Complex Sentences, Causal Clauses, Indirect Statements, Ellipsis

  1. Lectures

LA8A Imperfect Indicative Active: All Four Conjugations

LA8B Imperfect Indicative Passive: All Four Conjugations

LA8C Subordination (Complex Sentences)

LA8D Causal Clauses

LA8E Indirect Statements (I): Object Clauses

LA8F Ellipsis

  1. Readings

Collins, A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin, p. 64-73

  1. Assignments

Drills and Translation Exercises

  1. Week 9: Future Indicative, Infinitive, Ablative

  1. Lectures

LA9A Future Indicative Active: Frist and Second Conjugations

LA9B Future Indicative Passive: First and Second Conjugations

LA9C Future Indicative Active: Third and Fourth Conjugations

LA9D Future Indicative Passive: Third and Fourth Conjugations

LA9E Infinitive as Subject

LA9F Ablative of Respect

  1. Readings

Collins, A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin, p. 74-83

  1. Assignments

Drills and Translation Exercises

Mid-term exam covering weeks 1-7

  1. Week 10: Perfect Indicative, Relative Pronouns/Interrogative Adjectives

  1. Lectures

LA10A The Perfect active System: Three Tenses

LA10B Perfect Indicative Active: All Four Conjugations

LA10C Relative Pronoun/Interrogative Adjective: quī, quae, quod.

LA10D Uses of the Relative Pronoun

LA 10E Use of the Interrogative Adjective

  1. Readings

Collins, A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin, p. 84-88

  1. Assignments

Drills and Translation Exercises

  1. Week 11: Pluperfect and Future-Perfect Indicative, Ablative, Direct Quotations

  1. Lectures

LA11A Pluperfect Indicative Active: All Four Conjugations

LA11B Future-Perfect Indicative Active: all Four Conjugations

LA11C Ablative of Cause

LA11D Direct Quotations

  1. Readings

Collins, A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin, 89-94

  1. Assignments

Drills and Translation Exercises

  1. Week 12: Possum, Complementary Infinitive, Perfect Indicative Passive

  1. Lectures

LA12A The Auxilliary Verb possum 'be able'

LA12B Complementary Infinitive

LA12C Object Infinitive

LA12D The Perfect-Passive System: Three Compound Tenses

LA12E Perfect Indicative Passive: All Four Conjugations

LA12F uses of the perfect passive Participle

  1. Readings

Collins, A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin, p. 95-102

  1. Assignments

Drills and Translation Exercises

  1. Week 13: Pluperfect Indicative Passive, Future Perfect Indicative Passive, Ablative Absolute, Temporal Clauses, Synopsis of a Verb

  1. Lectures

LA13A Pluperfect Indicative Passive: all Four Conjugations

LA13B Future-Perfect Indicative Passive: All Four Conjugations

LA13C Ablative Absolute

LA13D Temporal Clauses

LA 13E Synopsis of a Verb

  1. Readings

Collins, A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin, p. 103-110

  1. Assignments

Drills and Translation Exercises

  1. Week 14

Finish outstanding exercises and prepare for final exam.

  1. Week 15

Final exam covering weeks 1-14 of LA510.

  1. 4. COURSE REQUIREMENTS

  1. 5. REQUIRED READINGS and RESOURCES:

  1. 6. SUGGESTED READINGS and RESOURCES:

  1. 7. EVALUATION

Students will be graded on their weekly drills and translation exercises, mid-term and final exams. Students who have difficulty with research and composition are encouraged to pursue assistance with the Online Writing Lab (available at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl).

GRADING SCALE:

A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83; C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73 D 60-69; F 59 and below

For translations into English students will be graded on the accuracy of their translation into English (95%) and the style of English (i.e. does the translation read like English or like a translation of Latin) (5%). For translations into Latin, the accuracy and correctness of the Latin translation will count for 95% of the mark and the pronunciation of the Latin (5%). Hence translations into Latin must be recorded as well as written. Any student using a set translation of standard texts rather than providing their own translation will be given a mark of 0 for the exercise. A repeat of the offense may lead to an investigation for academic dishonesty (see below).

  1. 8. ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.

Avoiding Plagiarism

In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own.  At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends.

Students, where applicable:

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously.  Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.

  1. 9. ATTENDANCE POLICY

Even though you are not required to be logged in at any precise time or day, you are expected to login several times during each week. Because this class is being taught entirely in a technology-mediated forum, it is important to actively participate each week in the course. In a traditional classroom setting for a 3-credit course, students would be required to be in class 3 hours a week and prepare for class discussions 4.5 hours a week. Expect to devote at least 7 quality hours a week to this course. A failure on the student’s part to actively participate in the life of the course may result in a reduction of the final grade.
NB: An Incomplete may only be awarded to a student who has maintained a passing grade up to the point of the emergency.  Incomplete grades will change to a grade of F unless the requirements stipulated on the incomplete form are met by the date listed.

  1. 10. ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR

Dr. Philippe Yates studied classical Latin at school in England from the age of 7 to 14. He used Latin in his undergraduate and graduate studies and in the research for his doctoral thesis, taking courses in Latin for Canon Law and Medieval Latin along the way. In addition to Latin, he teaches philosophy and canon law. He lives in Allegany, NY with his wife Cookie and dog Pica.

He may be contacted at: pyates@holyapostles.edu