A draft of your composition work (A and B) is due by Friday
midnight. It will be returned to your with comments, corrections, hints
and suggestions on Saturday. The final draft is due by Monday
midnight. Note: This first draft is required: if you
do not turn in a draft of the composition by Friday midnight, you will receive
no composition credit for the week.
** If you are not an OU student, I will try to mark your
compositions as well; send it to email@example.com
and make sure you put MEDIEVAL LATIN in the subject line **
A. Answer the questions - in Latin...! Please make sure that your email
contains both the question and the answer. If you are having trouble
with this exercise, check out these Hints
for Answering Questions in Latin.
B. Write a small Latin composition on your own. You will choose
either to describe a picture or
to write a small monologue/dialogue. If you are having trouble with this exercise,
check out these Hints for Free
Composition in Latin.
- When describing a picture, do not say "in
the picture" or "the picture shows"... instead, imagine you
are looking at the actual scene itself, and describe the scene ("the
sheep are sleeping", "the fox is dead", "the woman is
very beautiful"). Examples.
- When writing a dialogue, do not use indirect speech
("Samson says... Delilah says..."), but just write out what the
characters say - don't worry, I should be able to figure out who's talking!
- Qualis lapis fixus stat in ipso loco in quo vitulus factus
- Cuius pecora Moyses pascebat?
- Ubi pomae nascuntur quae monachi eis dederunt?
- Quare Moyses tabulas priores fregit?
- Quis loca omnia eis ostendebat?
- A quo Helias fugit?
- Ubi Helias latuit?
- Quis vitulum fecit?
- Quis de spiritu Moysi accepit?
- Quem Moyses de torrente potavit?
B. Latin composition
Choose either one description or one
dialogue/monologue to write in Latin.
Description: Choose one of the following images and describe
the scene in Latin. You should write 5 sentences that
are each at least four words long each. Please please do not use an
English-Latin dictionary. You should have plenty of vocabulary from this week's
reading to write your description!
Dialogue/Monologue: Choose one of the following scenes and
write the words you can imagine the characters saying. You should write 5
sentences that are each at least four words long each. Please
please do not use an English-Latin dictionary. You should have plenty
of vocabulary from this week's reading to write your description!
- Dederunt presbyteri loci ipsius eulogias. What did the
elderly monks living on Mount Sinai say to Egeria and to her companions when
they arrived? What did they give them as a gift of greeting? What did explain
about their lives and the place where they lived? What did they offer to do
for their visitors? What questions did they ask their visitors?
- In quo horto ipse rubus est. Pretend you are the monk who
is guiding the visitors around the garden where the burning bush is kept.
What do you say to these visitors? What do you tell them to do? What do the
visitors need to know about the burning bush and about the place where they
- Fixus est usque in hodie lapis grandis. Egeria saw a stone
monument where the incident of the golden calf took place. If there was an
inscription on this stone, what do you think it said? What should visitors
to this place know? What should they think about as they stand in that place?
Modern Languages 4970 / MRS 4903: Medieval Latin. Spring
2003 Online Course at the University of Oklahoma. Visit http://www.ou.edu/online/
for more info.
Laura Gibbs, University of Oklahoma - Information Technology © 2003.
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