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 is designed for those students who are completing Level III of their requirement. Emphasis is placed on grammar, vocabulary and the study of literary devices. Students translate Sallust, a Roman historian, who lays the foundation for the translation of Cicero’s In Lucium Catilinam. The political, social and economic climate of time will also be studied. This course will prepare students wishing to take the AP Course.
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

This course is a language-based course. While Greek culture and history will not be neglected, the focus will be on reading and writing Greek. The course, pending enrollment, may be arranged on an independent study basis.

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

AP Latin: Vergil/Caesar

This course concentrates on prepared and sight translation and analysis of selected passages from Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Bellicum Gallicum. A complete background analysis of the literary influences, devices, style and structure will be included. The AP Syllabus will be followed and enriched. This course is open to Form V students with the approval of the Department Chair.

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

Latin Literature: I

This course is a survey of Latin Prose and Poetry. Students will translate a variety of original Latin passages into English. The course will also include a study of not only the author and his works but also the period during which it was written. Students will also be given the opportunity to choose authors (with the teacher’s approval) whom they would like to read. This course is designed for those students taking the summer Latin course, however, it is open to any student who wishes to continue his study of Latin and has completed the Latin III course (Cicero).

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, AP Latin
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 &II
B.A., Latin, Miami University of Ohio
B.S., Education / Latin Language Instruction, Miami University of Ohio
afries@saintanselms.org
Dr. Adam Rasmussen
Latin
Ph.D. The Catholic University of America
M.A. Gonzaga University
B.A. Washington State University
Dr. Adam Rasmussen