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Unit information: Latin Language Level B1 in 2015/16

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Unit name Latin Language Level B1
Unit code CLAS22307
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. O'Gorman
Open unit status Not open

Latin Language Level A1 and A2, or equivalent



School/department Department of Classics & Ancient History
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

The aim of this unit is to develop and reinforce students' skills in the independent critical reading of Latin literary texts. In the unit, you will read selections from the second half of Livy’s Ab urbe condita Book I, an account of the Tarquin dynasty, the bloody reign of the last three kings, and the institution of liberty and the consulship at Rome in 510 BC (Reading will cover 400-450 lines in Latin and the remainder in English translation). Grammatical and syntactical knowledge of Latin will be revised and reinforced. You will also develop a range of key skills for the reading and literary analysis of Latin texts.


To develop students’ knowledge of the Latin language through the reading of classical Latin prose; to introduce students to techniques of independent reading of Latin, such as use of dictionaries and commentaries; to introduce students to issues of translation and interpretation of Latin literature.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will have developed and consolidated their knowledge of the Latin language and will have developed their skills of advanced independent reading of Latin texts. They will have acquired knowledge in the use of dictionaries and commentaries, and will be able to relate this knowledge to their understanding and interpretation of a Latin text. In addition, second year students will be expected to have developed more sophisticated analytical skills, as demonstrated in their formal assessments and in their participation in seminar discussions.

Teaching Information

3 hours per week consisting of seminars and/or lectures.

Assessment Information

2 x class tests (25% each) and 1 x practical criticism (50%)

Reading and References

  • C.T. Lewis, Elementary Latin Dictionary, Oxford University Press
  • Kennedy's Revised Latin Primer, Longman
  • H.E. Gould & J.L. Whiteley Livy book I, Bristol Classical Press

To be read in Latin:

  • Selections of Letters (400-450 lines: exact selections to be confirmed at the start of the unit)