Department of Classics

Madeline Monk

M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Assistant Instructor



Late Antiquity, Latin epic, Latin panegyric, Claudian


LAT S507 • First-Year Latin II-Wb

80110 • Summer 2021
Internet; Asynchronous

This course is a continuation of Latin 506.  It has two main aims:  to increase the student's fluency in Latin through reading and close examination of grammar and syntax, and to introduce students to Roman life and culture.

There will be daily assignments from Wheelock’s Latin, including review of Chapters 1-27 and a careful study of Chapters 27-40.  This will be supplemented by further connected readings from Caesar’s Gallic Wars.

Prerequisites:  Completion of Latin 506 or the equivalent with a grade of C or higher.

The course can be completed entirely online, though students must attend three exams either on campus or at an approved testing facility.

AHC 319D • Ancient Mediterranean World

33760-33775 • Spring 2021
Meets MW 9:00AM-10:00AM JES A121A
GC (also listed as C C 319D)

"Ancient Mediterranean World" surveys the major civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Italy from the dawn of the city around 3000 BC through the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in the 400s AD. Beyond providing a basic historical framework, the course explores the surprising ways in which the various civilizations of the area influenced one another culturally. We will examine interactions between Egyptians, Sumerians, Hittites, Hebrews, Persians, Greeks and Romans, among others. Students will also learn about the different types of evidence, both literary and archaeological, on which knowledge of the ancient world is based. There are two lectures and one discussion section per week.

Carries the Global Cultures flag and fulfills the Cultural Expression, Human Experience, & Thought course area requirement.

LAT 507 • First-Year Latin II

33810 • Spring 2020
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM WAG 208

This course is the second half of a two-semester introduction to the basic forms, syntax, and vocabulary of Latin.  Translating passages from ancient writers also introduces students to fundamental features of Roman culture. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to reproduce paradigms of all Latin noun, adjective, adverb, and verb forms; to parse and explain the function of Latin words in context; to demonstrate fluency in basic Latin syntax and a growing vocabulary; to master standard pronunciation of Latin; and to translate accurately from Latin into English. In the latter part of the semester, students read selections from the writings of Julius Caesar in the original Latin.

Class time will be devoted to the introduction of new material, reviewing assigned homework, and practice exercises.  Students should expect daily homework assignments and regular quizzes, both announced and unannounced.  Final grades will be determined by attendance and class participation; quizzes; three midterm exams; and a comprehensive final exam. 

Latin 507 partially fulfills the foreign language requirement. A grade of C or higher is required to advance to Latin 511K. 

The completion of Latin 506 with a grade of C or higher is a prerequisite for Latin 507. Students who have recently had more than two years of high school Latin, or more than two semesters of college Latin should normally take Latin 511K.


Wheelock, Wheelock’s Latin, 7th ed. (Harper Collins, 2011).  ISBN 978-0-06-199722-8

English and Irby, A Little Latin Reader, 1st ed. (Oxford: OUP, 2012).  ISBN 978-0-19-984622-1

Groton, Thirty-Eight Latin Stories, 5th ed. (Bolchazy-Carducci 1995).  ISBN 978-0-86516-289-1

Comeau and LaFleur, Workbook for Wheelock’s Latin, 3rd ed. Rev. (Harper Collins, 2005).  ISBN


Tatum, A Caesar Reader, 1st ed. (Bolchazy-Carducci 2012).  ISBN 978-0-86516-696-7

C C F302 • Intro To Ancient Rome-Wb

79865 • Summer 2019
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-Wb

33910 • Fall 2018
Internet; Asynchronous

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 can be completed entirely online, though students must attend three exams either on campus or at an approved testing facility.

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