This course is the first in a two-course sequence. Building the Via Latina: You are about to build a Roman road, the Via Latina. This road will be the foundation for your study of Latin and the culture of ancient Rome. Famous Romans from the past have agreed to be your supervisors. They will invite you to dinner, regale you with stories from mythology, introduce you to other Romans, show you around their homes, entertain you at the chariot races or the gladiatorial fights, and give you a look at what it meant to be a Roman — politically, socially and economically. Your task is to learn Latin, the language of the Romans. So let’s start the building process and find out how different and yet how similar our worlds really are.