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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
- Secundum Diocletianum, cuius cultura adducit honorem?
- Pro cuius amore suppliciis lacerari volunt sorores?
- Cuius specie Dulcitius capitur?
- Quis ollas fovet et caccabos amplectitur?
- Cuius vox diaboli imago habet?
- Quare ostiarii Dulcitium pugnis tundunt?
- Quis Dulcitium velut horribile monstrum fastidit?
- Quis ad turpitudinis locum trahi debet?
- Ubi Sisinnius damnabitur?
- Cuius palmam Hirena recipiet?
B. Latin composition
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!
- Sisinnius cum Diabolo in inferno. Imagine that Hirena's
prediction comes true, and Sisinnius ends up in hell. Write a dialogue in
which the Devil welcomes Sisinnius into hell and interrogates him about his
life. How would Sisinnius explain the story of the three sisters to the Devil?
How would the Devil react to Sisinnius's story?
- Epitaphium sororum. Imagine that the remains of the martyred
sisters were recovered and buried secretly by the Christians. What would they
write on the tombstone? What would they say about the sisters? (You might
want to take a look at these Roman
epitaphs if you are curious about the style of epitaphs in Latin.)
- Imperatrix Christiana est! Imagine that the wife of the
emperor Diocletianus converts to Christianity. How would Diocletianus react?
What would he say to his wife? What would he do? What would the wife of Diocletianus
say to her husband after she becomes a Christian? Would she be able to exert
any influence on the emperor?
- Supervenere duo ignoti iuvenes. When the soldiers come
back and report to Sisinnius they explain that two unknown young men came
and took Hirena away. Write out this scene in Latin: What did the angels say
to the soldiers? How did the soldiers react? What did they say? What did the
angels say to Hirena? How did Hirena react? What did she say? How did she
discover that they were angels?
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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