(4 periods/week; full year)
The student is introduced to the world of the poet Horace, who lived to see a Roman republic torn apart by civil war emerge as the settled empire of Augustus. Horace’s own education allows an opportunity to learn some of the more famous myths of the Greeks and Romans, and background material on contemporary history complements the narrative. Extended Latin passages tracing this story are used to explore the structure of simple Latin. By the end of the year students meet the three most important noun declensions, as well as the basic syntax of the six noun cases; they also learn the present tense of all conjugations. This grammar, along with basic vocabulary, is reinforced with regular composition exercises.

Text: The Oxford Latin Course part I (2nd edition)