Roman literature is not only great in itself, it is for thousands of year greatly influential, a gift from classical Rome to post-classical Europe and North and South America. This course takes students from the advanced beginning or beginning intermediate levels of Latin, when many or most of the forms and rules are known, to reading proficiency in untouched Roman authors. By those levels, I mean the levels of students who, whether applying what they’ve learned in Latin 2 (or equivalent), expanding and securing what they have learned in Latin 3, or preparing for the A. P, would benefit from immersing themselves in reading Latin. To make reading Latin both more effective and enjoyable, we study and master approaches to analyzing and interpreting Latin prose and poetry. By a great variety of means, we train our eyes and ears to see, hear, and express what their moving and beautiful music and meaning are. The title of this course refers to, in the second word, the language and literature of the Romans. Without language, no literature, without literature, no reason for language to persist, as has Latin, thousands of years after the Romans are gone. The first word of my title refers, as a gerund, to a process—literally, a stepping forward. This course therefore offers steps towards reading Latin as the language makes necessary and those towards reading Latin literature.