Course Syllabus

LAT 203: Historia Apollonii

Course Description and Objectives

In Latin 203, you will consolidate the vocabulary, morphology and syntax that you have learned and build upon that knowledge to facilitate reading and discussing an ancient adventure, the Historia Apollonii regis Tyri. This continuous narrative will give you ample practice in reading as well as material to discuss (in Latin) in class.

Intermediate Latin (LAT 203) provides you with five of the twelve necessary General University Requirement (GUR) credits in Humanities (HUM). The Humanities requirement provides an introduction to the subject matter, methods of inquiry and forms of expression of academic fields that treat language, literature, fine arts, history, philosophy and religion in the Western cultural tradition. The humanities study principal themes, issues and images concerning human beings and their place in the universe, as these have been shaped and expressed since ancient times, in thought, imagination and action.

Intermediate Latin (LAT 203) focuses on the following GUR competencies:

  • GUR Competency 1: "Analyze and communicate ideas effectively in oral, written, and visual forms."
  • GUR Competnecy 4: "Identify and analyze complex problems."
  • GUR Competency 6: "Explore, imagine and create."
  • GUR Competency 8: "Understand and evaluate assumptions, values, and beliefs in context of diverse local, national and global communities."
  • GUR Competency 9: "Work collaboratively and manage projects to effective completion."
  • GUR Competency 11: "Understand and assess the impacts of interactions among the individual, society, and the environment" (taking the "environment" in a broad sense as the cosmos, which by the Neoplatonist συμπάθεια τῶν ὅλων or "sympathy of the universe" reflects the microcosm of the human world)

In addition to reading the Historia Apollonii Tyri, you will engage in writing exercises and discussions that will engage you both analytically and creatively.

Class Times and Location

LAT 203: Intermediate Latin meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:00 PM until 2:20 PM in Miller Hall 231. Classes begin Wednesday, April 3, and continue through Friday, June 7. We do not meet on Memorial Day, which is Monday, May 27.  The final examination period is scheduled for Monday, June 10, 3:30–5:30 PM.

There is a backup class meeting time from 10:00 AM to 11:20 AM in Miller Hall 122D for those with scheduling conflicts keeping them from the 1:00 PM meeting.  The backup class meeting time is not a separate section and will keep to the same schedule as the main class meeting time.


Miller Krause ( )
Office Hours: Miller Hall 122D, MWF 2:30–3:00 PM, TR 2:00–2:30 PM


We shall continue to read the Historia Apollonii regis Tyri.  I'll have paper copies for you on Wednesday, April 3.

Those who struggle with the text might consider Konstan and Roberts' helpful Bryn Mawr commentary (ISBN 978-0-929524-40-5; about $10), but it is by no means required.

University Services for Students

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Phone: (360) 650-3083

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Grading Scale

Grading Scale

Course Requirements

Præsentia Participātiōque (10%)

This is a small class that moves quickly: you need to be in class and participate actively.  Canvas is set to excuse three absences (roughly 10% of the 28 classes we have) automagically.

Pēnsa in pugillāribus scrībenda (15%)

Since Latin 101, you have been wrting in pugillāribus to practice applying Latin to situations beyond the classroom, often to your own, authentic life or some plausible facsimile thereof.  This quarter, a composition will be due every Monday, or on Wednesday if there is no class on Monday.

Pēnsa diurna (15%)

Questions (five in number), given on Canvas, are due at the beginning of every class (with a couple of exceptions—some readings are long enough to justify skipping the questions). You can turn these in on paper (double-spaced!) if you wish. Turn them in on Canvas, however, and we shall conserve many sacred groves of trees.  The questions are designed to help you read the passage, and sometimes they contain links to helpful information: answer them while you read before class.

This quarter, the questions will close on midnight on the day they are due.  This keeps them from piling up.  Canvas is set to drop the lowest three grades from these, so missing one or two is not fatal.

Probātiōnēs (20%)

I have divided the course into five exciting, suspenseful modules; the first four each end with a quiz (probātiō), while the fifth module culminates in the climactic Ultima Probātiō. Probātiōnēs will be brief.

Opus commūne (20%)

You have been working something since Latin 202.  Finish it!

Probātiō Ultima (20%)

The final exam will be in class on Monday, June 10, from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM.  This is the time reserved for our class by the Registrar's office.

Weekly Schedule

This syllabus is subject to change. Changes, if any, will be announced in class. Since the syllabus is on Canvas, students will have the latest information available at all times.

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