Department of Classics

Jane Millar

M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Assistant Instructor



C C F302 • Intro To Ancient Rome-Wb

79040 • Summer 2020
Internet; Asynchronous
This introductory-level, fully online course covers the cultural and political history of Ancient Rome from the city’s origins in the Iron Age (c. 800 BCE) to the height of its imperial power in the 2nd century CE. Students will have the opportunity to learn about Rome’s evolution from a small, hilltop settlement to the most powerful city in Italy to the head of a world empire. The course is made up of textbook readings, primary source readings and objects, and ten highly interactive, multimedia content modules. Students will be able to work through the modules at their own pace within a period of 7-10 days.   Each module concludes with a practice quiz, so that students can evaluate their progress and identify misunderstandings with the help of the course instructor.  Each week, students will take a graded, 20 question quiz based on the content from the week’s modules.  There are three graded midterms which will be scheduled in the evening and held on the UT Austin campus.  Students must take the midterm exams on campus or at an approved testing center.  Throughout the semester, the instructor will provide feedback to each student on various assignments, tests, and exercises throughout the course. Upon completion of the course, you will be familiar with the most important buildings, artistic works, events and historical figures that shaped the history of ancient Rome.
Course grades will be determined by performance on: modules (completion) and graded quizzes; 3 midterm exams; short, weekly assignments; and a movie module. The course is offered on demand. With the exception of the three midterm exams, the course can be done on the student’s own schedule (asynchronously).  There are deadlines for all assignments, but students will have the opportunity to work on those assignments when they want to, provided they are handed in by the listed due date.  There will also be optional, weekly, in person (and live-streamed) review sessions as well as exam reviews prior to each midterm exam.  There are no prerequisites.

Successful completion of this course fulfills the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) requirement.  The course also carries a Global Cultures flag.

LAT 506 • First-Year Latin I

33905 • Fall 2018
Meets MTWTHF 12:00PM-1:00PM WAG 10

This course is an introduction to Latin, the language of ancient Rome and famous writers like Caesar, Cicero, Vergil, and St. Augustine. Latin is also an excellent way to improve your command of other languages: Latin is the source of over 60% of English vocabulary, and also the ancestor of all the “Romance” languages of Europe, including French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Latin 506 introduces basic grammar and vocabulary in an interesting and challenging format, through reading selections from a wide range of Roman authors and exploring aspects of Roman life and culture.  By the end of the semester, students are reading excerpts from famous works and ready to continue into Latin 507.

The course covers chapters 1-27 of Wheelock’s Latin and also selected readings from 38 Latin Stories. There will be daily assignments, regular quizzes, midterm tests, and a final exam.

Prerequisites: None. Note: This course may not be counted by students offering two or more admission units or any previous college credit in Latin.  

Latin 506 partially fulfills the foreign language requirement. A grade of C or higher is required to advance to Latin 507.

Requirements: Class participation, homework, quizzes, midterm tests, and  a final exam.

Students earning a C or better may advance to Latin 507: First-Year Latin II, where they will read selections from Caesar and other authors. 


Wheelock, Wheelock's Latin (Harper 6h edition)

Groton & May, 38 Latin Stories (Bolchazy)

Corneau & LeFleur, Workbook to Wheelock's Latin (Harper) optional

Goldman & Szymanski, English Grammar for Students of Latin (Olivia & Hill) (optional)

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