St. Anselm’s Abbey School

A Catholic Benedictine School for Boys Grades 6 - 12

Academic Excellence

75 years of rigorous, classical education

Classical Languages

Classical Language study introduces students to Classical Antiquity and develops sensitivity and an appreciation in the students for the phenomenon of language as well as for the past.

Departmental Overview

The study of classical languages affords the students with the opportunity not only to perceive similarities but to draw direct correlations between our civilization and those of the past.

The course of study aims to show the vast influence of the ancients in all aspects of our lives: government, law, social institutions, language and life in general. The greater emphasis however, is placed on the language and its literature; its origin, use and importance as a basis of our language and the Romance Languages.

Curriculum Sequence

Form A No Classical Language course, focus on English Grammar and Composition
Form I Latin IA (First half of First Year Latin)
Form II Latin IB (Second half of First Year Latin)
Form III Latin II; Latin Tutorial I (For students entering St. Anselm's in Form III)
Form IV Latin III; Latin Tutorial II (For students entering St. Anselm's in Form III)
Forms V & VI Electives including: Classical Greek 1, Advanced Latin Literature, and Vergil/Caesar (Option to take AP Exam); Latin Tutorial III (Required for Form V students entering St. Anselm's in Form III)

Course Descriptions

Latin IA

The goal of this course is to introduce the basics and fundamentals of the Latin language as it was read in the 1st century A.D. We will work within the context of Roman society, so Roman history and culture will be learned along with the language. Time will be given to the building of vocabulary, fluent pronunciation, and grammar and syntax skills. The overall goal is to complete half of Jenney’s 1st century B.C. and the 1st First Year Latin (close to Chapter 30).

Course Length: All Year
Registration Policy: Required for Form I

Latin IB

The goal of this course is to continue to learn the vocabulary, morphology, and syntax found in the second half of Jenney’s “First Year Latin”. We will work within the context of Roman society, so Roman history and culture will be learned along with the language. Time will be given to the building of vocabulary, fluent pronunciation, and grammar and syntax skills.

Course Length: All Year

Registration Policy: Required for Form II

Latin II

This course continues the study of grammar, vocabulary, and translation at a more advanced level, as well as a continuation of culture and civilization. Caesar’s Gallic Wars (Book I, and selections from others) are read.

Course Length: All Year

Registration Policy: Required for Form III

Latin III

This course completes the study of Latin grammar. The study of vocabulary continues and becomes more philosophical and political in nature. Students will read Sallust, an historian, who provides students with the background information for reading Cicero’s First Oration Against Catiline. Summaries of the remaining orations will be read. A brief survey of Latin Literature will be included. This course prepares students for advanced Latin courses.

Course Length:
All Year

Registration Policy: Required for Form IV

Latin Tutorial I

This course involves the study of Latin grammar, vocabulary, morphology and syntax. Roman history and culture will also be included. Students will translate culture and history related stories from Latin into English. This course will prepare students for Tutorial II Latin.

Course Length: All Year
Registration Policy: Required for Form III students entering St. Anselm's in Form III

Latin Tutorial II

This course will continue the study of grammar, vocabulary, morphology and syntax. The students will read in Latin The Twelve Labors of Hercules and Jason and The Argonauts. The end goal of the course is the translation of Caesar’s Gallic Wars, Book I and selections from other books. This course prepares students for Tutorial III Latin.

Course Length: All Year

Registration Policy: Required for Form IV students entering St. Anselm's in Form III

Latin Tutorial III

Course Length: All Year
Registration Policy: Required for Form V students entering St. Anselm's in Form III

Classical Greek I

The goal of this course is to introduce the basics and fundamentals of the Greek language as it was read in the 5th and 4th centuries B.C. in Athens. We will work within the context of Greek society, so Greek history and culture will be learned along with the language. Time will be given to the building of vocabulary, fluent pronunciation, and grammar and syntax skills. The overall goal is to complete half of Chase and Phillips’ Introduction to Greek(close to Chapter 27).

Course Length: All Year
Registration Policy:
Elective for Forms V & VI

Vergil/Caesar

This course enables students to take the AP Examination. The course concentrates on prepared and sight translation and an analysis of selections of Caesar’s Gallic Wars and Vergil’s Aeneid. Background information on both works will be presented. A brief study of Dante’s Inferno will be included.Students will have the option of taking the AP Exam after completing the two-semester course.

Course Length: All Year
Registration Policy: Elective for Form VI; Open to Form V with Department Permission.

Advanced Latin Literature

This course provides a review of grammar as well as rhetorical devices through original Latin passages. It will introduce students to scansion and analysis of literature and poetry. A survey of Latin literature written by prominent Roman authors will be read.

Course Length: All Year
Registration Policy: Elective for Forms V & VI
Classical Languages Faculty
Ms. Delora Pelosi, Department Chair
Latin I, I-B, II; Latin Lit. I
M.A., Education, Trinity College (Conn.)
B.A., Classics, Seton Hill College (Penn.)
dpelosi@saintanselms.org
Mr. Adam Fries
Latin I-A, Latin III, Ancient Greek I
B.A., Latin, Miami University of Ohio
B.S., Education / Latin Language Instruction, Miami University of Ohio
afries@saintanselms.org
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