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Sunday, June 26 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
3C2 Varro and the Teaching of Latin

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Marcus Terentius Varro (116-27 BC) was ancient Rome's foremost scholar (vir Romanorum eruditissimus) and most authoritative language scientist (vir peritissimus linguae Latinae). He discovered the declensions and conjugations (and the fut. perf. ind.) of Latin by applying arithmetical models of inflection to Latin nouns and verbs. He based his paradigms on the vowels in the casus sextus, qui est proprius Latinus, i.e., the ablative (singular), and the 2nd. sg. act. He privileged aspect in verbal and oblique plural cases in nominal categories, and he enumerated only four parts of speech (+case -tense, +tense -case, +case +tense, -case -tense). He was also an etymologist at heart and formulated etymologies of precious cultural significance. Varro never waxed pedagogical, but his approach to Latin provided unique insights into its structure and forever changed the way his native language was taught over the centuries. Perhaps we can still learn something from him.

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Patrick McFadden

ACL Secretary, St Mary's Episcopal School
I am particularly interested in issues of linguistics and pedagogy. Most of my work deals with applying Reading Theory to teaching Latin/Greek. I am also heavily involved in Tennessee's Latin Helps publicity campaign. Friend Latin Helps on FB, follow @LatinHelps on Twitter, or search #latinhelps on any social medium.


Sunday June 26, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
San Jacinto Center Rooms 208/210

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