This course provides an introduction to classical Latin. Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary are stressed, with a particular emphasis on etymology (word derivation), in an effort to increase the student’s English vocabulary. Familiarity with Latin prefixes and stems/roots will enable the student both to master the Latin vocabulary presented and to gain confidence and comfort in defining and understanding challenging English words. Likewise, through vigorous work on Latin grammar and syntax, the student will solidify his/her abilities in English grammar and usage. The overall aim of this course is to provide a solid foundation upon which to build the skills of translation required for the reading of Latin texts.