Latin III complete the cycle of Latin grammar, transitioning from the 'made-up' Latin of the Oxford Latin course to real Latin in smaller, then gradually larger chunks. This year we will cover: all forms of the subjunctive, all infinitive forms, usages of subjunctive, indirect statement, gerunds, gerundives and passive periphrastics.
This course is an introduction to the Latin language and the history, culture, and mythology of ancient Rome. The course is designed to allow the students to quickly acquire the basic knowledge and skills needed to read introductory Latin texts almost from the beginning of the year. This skill set includes vocabulary building, memorization of noun and verb endings, and an understanding of the basic rules of Latin syntax and word formation. For many students, this course will be the first time they will have encountered a subject that involves this kind of work and that requires developing and practicing these skills. As such, it is essential that students do their assignments and review class notes every evening, and come to class prepared to participate actively and ask questions every day. If a student does so, he will discover that, though the course is challenging, he will have no difficulty excelling in it.
- Teacher: Stephen Distinti
Latin I is an introductory course designed to provide the student with a basic Latin vocabulary, a fundamental understanding of Latin grammar, and a familiarity with the history, culture and geography of the Roman world. In addition, throughout this course, the student will come to see the great impact that Latin has had on English and other modern languages, and will develop an appreciation for the role Latin has played in the history and development of Western and World Civilization down through the centuries.
Latin I is an introductory course covering topics such as: forms, conjugations, elementary grammar, parsing, and translation. The text is Oxford Latin Course I, covering the early life of Quintus Horatius Flaccus (known to the world as 'Horace;' 'Carpe diem' 'seize the day' is a well known and worn phrase of his) We also spend quite a bit of time covering historical and cultural topics relevant to the readings. We have regular quizzes, tests, translation and drill. We aim for approximately 20-30 mins/night of homework.
Greek IV Honors is the culmination of the student's study of Greek at Fordham Prep. A good portion of the course will be given over to a thorough examination of selections from Homer's Odyssey, exploring the language, imagery, figures of speech, meter, and other characteristics of Homer's style. The student will gradually learn to translate and appreciate Greek epic poetry through careful analysis of poetic word order and expression. During the final quarter of the course, after his stint out on Homer's "wine-dark sea," the student will work with passages taken from Greek philosophy and drama to close out his four-year sequence in Classics.
This course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Exam in Caesar and Vergil
- Teacher: Stephen Distinti