Honoring Enduring Works

The study of classical authors, in the original language, helps students appreciate enduring literature that has had a profound impact on our cultures and civilizations. Through a linguistic-based study of Latin and classical Greek, students become independent scholars—increasingly comfortable with the language and developing strong habits of mind. Students learn to be precise and logical readers—skilled in close, textual analysis—and interpreters. Class discussions are far-ranging, drawing connections across various disciplines such as English, history, mythology and philosophy. Students who choose to study Latin and Greek can become more than just masters of vocabulary, language and syntax—they can gain a centuries-long perspective on modern civilization and languages, and develop a foundation for future study, in many fields.

From the Classroom

Advanced Latin: Roman Elegy and Lyric

One of several advanced courses in Latin, this class focuses on reading and understanding Latin poetry in its literary and historical contexts. Reading works by poets such as Catullus, Horace, Sulpicia and Ovid, students trace the development of meter, diction and poetic motifs. The class also explores how Roman poets adapted the conventions of love poetry, to present an image of the Roman state under Augustus that is more personal than Vergil’s vision. Topics and discussions include first person narrative, gender and poetic allusion.

I studied Latin in middle school, but at Milton my whole experience with language changed. I just go into studying Latin a lot more. I always loved learning about the history of the Romans, but this year I understood it in more depth. In Latin III, we read Cicero and Julius Caesar’s accounts of his campaigns in the Gallic Wars. I really grasped Caesar’s way with words and speech.

Jaejung Justin Yoon

Nashville, Tennessee