An Introduction to Classical Latin
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An Introduction to Classical Latin

Classical Latin Course for Beginners
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Created by Benedict Atchley
Last updated 9/2019
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An Introduction to Classical Latin
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  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • 90 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn to read and write Latin, as well as memorize a large vocabulary of Latin words.
Requirements
  • No additional software is required. Although, a printer would be useful if you would like to print hard copies of the individual lesson texts.
Description

Learn the basics of Classical Latin in this first of two introductory courses. Students who take this course will learn basic Latin grammar and syntax, as well as a comprehensive vocabulary, which expands with each lesson.

Benefits of taking this class include:

- Learning the father language of all Romantic languages (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French). This is an excellent gateway language to learning many new languages in the future.

- Learning the etymology of thousands of English words which derive their meaning from Latin.

- Learning the mechanics of a new language will help students come to a better understanding of grammar in their own language.

Materials Included:

- Short 3-7 minute lectures for each lesson

- Document accompanying each lesson subject, which includes 10-15 vocabulary word list

- Sentences to translate from Latin to English and English to Latin

- Self-test exams every three chapters

- Answer key for exams and translation exercises

- Bonus vocabulary list (which I will continue to add to)

Who this course is for:
  • This Latin course is for those interested in learning new languages and reading the manuscripts of ancient historians and philosophers. This course is not for those who are looking for advanced Latin courses, as this is an introductory course.
Course content
Expand 22 lectures 04:56:56
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22 lectures 04:56:56

After completing this lesson students should have a basic understanding of classical Latin pronunciation.  With practice they will be able to pronounce Latin as it was spoken over two thousand years ago.

Preview 17:38

After completing this lesson students should have a basic understanding of Latin nouns and the various noun cases.

Preview 18:44

After completing this lesson students will have a basic understanding of Latin verbs in the present indicative active tense, and they should be able to construct basic sentences in Latin.

Lesson III - Verbs, First Conjugation: Present Indicative Active, Syntax
19:50

After completing this lesson students will have know the second declension of Latin nouns in the masculine gender.  They will understand the grammatical concept of apposition.  Finally they will be introduced to prepositions in the Latin language.

Lesson IV - 2nd Declension Masculine, Apposition, and Prepositions
19:21

After completing this lesson students will know the second declension of nouns.  They will also learn how to use adjectives, as well as the importance of gender in Latin nouns.  Finally, they will be introduced to the second conjugation of verbs in the present indicative active.

Lesson V: 2nd Decl. Neuter, 1st & 2nd Decl. Adjectives, 2nd Conjugation of Verbs
17:01

Students will be introduced to the irregular verbs esse - to be - and posse - to be able to - in this lesson.  They will also learn to use a complementary infinitive in conjunction with posse.  Finally, they will be introduced to the concept of intransitive verbs in Latin.

Lesson VI - Esse and Posse; Intrans. Verbs, and Complementary Infinitives
16:18

Students will be introduced to personal pronouns, possessive adjectives, and finally the third conjugation of Latin verbs in this lesson.

Lesson VII - Personal Pronouns, Possessive Adjectives, Third Conjugation
19:34

Students will be introduced to fourth conjugation verbs in this lesson, as well as the irregular category of third conjugation -iō verbs.  They will also learn the imperative mood, the second of three moods in the Latin language (the first being the indicative).

Lesson VIII - Fourth Conj. and Third Conj. –iō verbs, Imperative Mood
13:44

Students will be introduced to a new tense in this lesson, the imperfect
tense, which is the second of the six tenses in Latin.  They will learn
this tense in all four conjugations.  They will also be introduce the
grammatical concept, enclitics.

Lesson IX - Imperfect Indicative Active, All conjugations; Enclitics
12:38

Students will learn the third declension of nouns in this lesson. They will also learn the imperfect tense for the irregular verbs esse and posse.

Lesson X - Third Declension Nouns; Imperfect Indicative Tense of Esse and Posse
11:53

Students will learn a new pronoun use in this lesson, the reflexive pronoun.  They will also learn the concept of reflexive possessive adjectives.

Lesson XI - Reflexive Pronouns And Reflexive Possessive Adjectives
10:22

Students will learn the future tense for all conjugations in this lesson, including the irregular verbs esse and posse.  This lesson will also begin to take a deeper look at the ablative case of nouns and its various uses; specifically they will learn the ablative of means, the ablative of manner, and the ablative of accompaniment.

Lesson XII - Future Indicative Active; Ablative of Means, Accompaniment, Manner
11:43

Students will be introduced to Latin demonstratives in this lesson, which function essentially the same as adjectives.  Along with this they will also learn an irregular group of 1st and 2nd declension adjectives, know as the -ius adjectives.  Finally, they will also learn the intensive pronoun - ipse, ipsa, ipsud.

Lesson XIII: Demonstratives and Other –īus Adjectives; The Intensive Pronoun
12:39

Students learn relative pronouns in this lesson, and the concept of subordinate clauses.  They will also learn the ablative of place from which, a new ablative case use.

Lesson XIV - Relative Pronouns; Ablative of Place from Which
13:22

Students will learn the final three Latin tenses in this lesson - the imperfect, pluperfect, and future perfect - and these tenses make up what is called the perfect system of verbs in Latin.  They will learn these tense conjugations in the indicative active for all four conjugations as well as the irregular verbs esse and posse.

Lesson XV - Perfect Active System of Verbs; all Conjugations, Posse and Esse
17:09

Students will learn the Latin cardinal and ordinal numerals in Latin and their various uses in conjunction with the ablative and genitive cases.  They will also learn a new ablative case use, the ablative of time when or within which.

Lesson XVI - Numerals; Genitive of the Whole; Ablative of Time
17:14

Students will learn an irregular category of third declension nouns in this lesson, the third declension i-stem nouns.  They will also learn about interrogative adjectives and interrogative pronouns, and the difference between the two.

Lesson XVII - Third Declension I-Stem; Interrogative Adjectives and Pronouns
17:59

Students will learn the fourth declension of nouns in this lesson, as well as a new ablative case use, the ablative of separation.

Lesson XVIII - Fourth Declension; Ablative of Separation
09:09

Students will learn the third declension adjectives in this lesson.  These follow all the same rules as 1st and 2nd declension adjectives, but they are declined similar to third declension i-stem nouns.

LESSON XIX - Third Declension Adjectives
12:47

Students will learn the fifth and final declension of nouns in this final lesson.  They will also learn a new ablative case use, the ablative of place wherewhich is similar to the ablative of place from which, but with one minor and subtle difference.

Lesson XX - The Fifth Declension; Ablative of Place Where
07:31
Additional Course Materials
00:14

This lecture will contain various exercises that can be used for practicing Latin, in addition to the material provided in the previous lectures.

Practice Materials
00:05