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!
- Quare Abelardus epistulam ad amicum scripsit?
- Cuius invidiam Abelardus in epistula referebat?
- In quem pericula adhuc crescunt?
- Quis Heloisam contristare et letificare valet?
- Quis corporis Heloisae et animi possessor est?
- Cuius nomen Heloisae dulcius est: uxoris aut amicae?
- Quid Heloisam ad vitam monasticam pertraxit?
- Quare Heloisa mercedem a Deo non expectat?
- Quo Abelardus Heloisam in ore omnium ponebat?
- Quem Abelardus in libidinem olim excitabat?
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!
- Epitaphium Heloisae et Abelardi. What Latin epitaph would
you compose for the tomb of Abelard and Heloise
in Paris? (You might want to take a look at these Roman
epitaphs if you are curious about the style of epitaphs in Latin.)
- Paucis verbis et simpliciter (A). Imagine that in addition
to her letter to Abelard, Heloise also sends him a telegram, 25 words or less.
What would she want to say to Abelard in this telegram? What does she want
to say to him most of all?
- Paucis verbis et simpliciter (B). Imagine that Abelard
has just received this letter from Heloise. It is clear that she wants him
to write back right away so he decides to send her a telegram, 25 words or
less. What kind of reply does Abelard make to Heloise's letter in this telegram?
What does he want to say to her most of all?
- Interrogatio. Imagine that you are given the incredible
opportunity to ask Heloise five questions in Latin: what would you ask her?
(You do not have to write the answers; just write out the questions that you
would ask Heloise if you had a chance to do that.)
- Heloisa Astrolabio. Imagine that Heloise decides to write
a letter to her son Astrolabius. What would she want to say to him? How would
she explain the fact that she did not raise him herself? What would she want
her son to know about her life? What would she want Astrolabius to know about
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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