Latin Program


The study of Latin opens doors to a variety of professional careers beyond further academic study. Law, medicine, business, and journalism are all made easier with a background in Latin. Employers and professional-school admissions officers are impressed with Latin credentials. They routinely hire and admit Ohio State graduates with degrees in Latin studies because employers know that the study of Latin enables individuals to work through complex problems, acquire exceptional language skills, and manage important commitments.

This page is the gateway to internet resources for the study of Latin at the Ohio State University. You may follow the links above, or read on below for a description of what you will find on this site. All parts of the site are still under construction; however, we felt that it was complete enough and useful enough to be posted as it is.

The Grammar Page link takes you to the Table of Contents for a hyperlinked grammar that can be explored on its own. This grammar is also the resource used by several of the other resources on this site.

The Wheelock Page is designed as a supplement to Wheelock's Latin by Frederic M. Wheelock (Revised by Richard A. LaFleur). Here you will find selections from the "Practice and Review" exercises and from the "Sententiae Antiquae" in each unit of Wheelock's Latin. The sentences are translated and linked to grammatical explanations in the Grammar (above).

Catiline is a site developed for the teaching of Cicero's First Catilinarian Oration to Intermediate Latin students. The site offers the full text of the oration in continuous prose. It also offers, section by section, an outline of each sentence, indicating the major pauses and calling attention to the points of emphasis and sentence structure (which determines the structure of meaning). When these sentence outlines appear in the top frame of the page, you may access a commentary on words and phrases in the lower frame by clicking highlighted text. The commentary offers information about grammar and syntax, about history, and about rhetoric and interpretation. The grammarical information is linked to the GRAMMAR above.

Latin Prose Composition contains the syllabus and course materials for Advanced Latin Prose Composition, as it has been taught at The Ohio State University. Here, you will find analyses of sentence structure and word order, discussions of emphasis and style, and even some secondary commentary on the analyses of others.

We have also assembled a set of links useful, we hope, for Latin students in our various courses.