Roberson Latin

Roberson Latin

Latin I is a course in basic Latin grammar. Students are introduced to ancient Roman culture, civilization, and Greco-Roman mythology.

Latin II is a continuing study of grammatical constructions begun in Latin I. Emphasis is placed on developing reading and writing skills. The history of the Republican period is considered.

Latin III/IV is a course designed to broaden students' knowledge of the Latin language and Roman history and civilization through reading the works of original Latin authors.


There are a few exams that students may take to test their Latin and ancient Roman knowledge. The National Latin Exam is offered to students at all levels of Latin, and while it is largely grammatical, it does contain some mythological, historical, cultural, and derivative content. There is also the Medusa Mythology Exam, which tests one's knowledge of ancient mythology. The cost of these exams is usually approximately $5 and they are administered toward the end of the school year.

Junior Classical League

The Junior Classical League is a national organization that fosters the development of the study of Latin and Greek in the United States. It is an offspring of The American Classical League and is established for middle and high school students. Many of the JCL groups attend state conventions. We in fact have a state convention at Carolina each year. There is also a national convention that students may attend. The cost of becoming a member is usually approximately $10.

Latin Club

Our JCL members are essentially the Latin Club. We have a small but dedicated aggregate returning from last year; please let me know if you are interested.


Well, I probably won't be planning any trips to the Mediterranean this year, but if you're interested, please let me know. I have led student trips to Rome and Greece before and would be happy to do so again.


Welcome to some, and welcome back to others. This year should be filled with the joys of learning and discovery in Latin. As most of you know, no other subject is able to unlock the mysteries of art, architecture, mythology, history, grammar, vocabulary, and analysis as our foreign language does. It is a privilege for me to participate in this endeavor with you. Although not always easy, it is certainly always rewarding!


Essentially, to function effectively in this class, you will need a utensil with which to write and paper on which to write. You may use either a binder with sections (Grammar, Vocabulary, Worksheets, Cultural / Historical) or a notebook. If you choose to use a notebook, you will need to have either pockets for handouts, or a separate folder. If you choose to use a separate folder, you should organize the handouts, at the very least, by lexical / grammatical and cultural / historical. There will be a notebook check in the middle of each 6-week grading period. I will also ask you to purchase at least one dry erase marker, and an eraser would be helpful. Multâs gratiâs!


All grades are “stacked” together according to the point value of each. For example, tests are generally 100 points each, vocabulary quizzes 50 points each, and minor assignments vary according to size. The points are all averaged together for a grade. Please do not hesitate to see me should you have questions.

Opera omissa…

You are required to make up missing work within seven calendar days, five school days, of an absence or its due date. If work is not completed within that frame of time, I reserve the right to assign a grade of zero. What will probably happen in that instance is that you will submit the work at such a late date that I will be forced to assign no more than a value of 50 to it, which undoubtedly will hurt your average significantly. Let's work to avoid such situations. Gratiâs iterum!


As stated previously, the study of Latin is a building process. If one should fall behind in establishing the foundation, then successive layers will be shaky at best. Please keep up with your study of Latin. Generally, you should do at least a bit of Latin each night. Review and practice are the keys here. In the end, you will find that you have developed a skill neither easily nor haphazardly acquired.


The following is the Latin class rule: be respectful. Our school's rules, which I have an obligation to enforce, include the prohibition of food and cell phones in class. Please work diligently with me on these seemingly stern restrictions. J

Ad astra per aspera…
I. Learn to read Latin.
II. Appreciate our debt to classical civilizations.
III. Be here.

Gratiâs et Bonam Fortûnam!

Last Modified on September 29, 2010