Latin 119. Readings in Republican Latin Literature (Caesar) (4 units)

imageLatin 119. Readings in Republican Latin Literature (Caesar) (4 units)
Rex Stem

MWF 12:10-1:00P
209 Wellman Hall
CRN 74619

Course Description: In this course, which is designed for intermediate Latin students (i.e., in the equivalent of their second year of Latin), we will study Julius Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic War. We will read a selection of passages in Latin, the whole of the Gallic War in English, and selected scholarly essays about Caesar as an author (with a class visit from one of those scholarly authors on March 7).

The primary goal is to improve your accuracy, speed, and understanding when reading and translating connected Latin prose. The secondary goal will be to appreciate the literary and political strategies behind Caesar’s writings. Skills in formal translation and critical thinking will also be pursued in analytical writing. There will be two exams and several short interpretive papers.

Prerequisite: Latin 100 or equivalent.

GE credit (Old): Arts & Humanities.
GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, World Cultures, and Writing Experience.

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Term Paper.


  • Julius Caesar: Commentaries on the Gallic War, edited by F. Kelsey and R. Stem  (Michigan Classical Press, forthcoming)
  • Caesar: The Gallic War, translated by Carolyn Hammond  (Oxford University Press, 2008)