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Unit information: Introductory Latin in 2015/16

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Unit name Introductory Latin
Unit code AFACM1003
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Liveley
Open unit status Not open




School/department Arts Faculty Office
Faculty Faculty of Arts


An introductory unit designed for those who have little or no previous knowledge of Latin, and aiming to teach students the techniques of reading straightforward Latin texts with the aid of a dictionary and reference grammar. Initially students will be introduced to the workings of an inflected language and the grammatical terms used to analyse it. They will later apply their knowledge of the language to the analysis of a text relevant to their area of research.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will understand and be able to apply some fundamental rules of Latin grammar. They will memorise at least 250 words of Latin vocabulary. They will be able to translate simple sentences from English to Latin.

Teaching details

Teaching will include lectures, interactive exercises and drills, and revision of daily homework assignments

Assessment Details

Assessment by one 45 min class test and one 90 min exam weighted 25% and 50%, plus one practical criticism exercise of 2,500 words (25%).

Reading and References

The course book will be A. Keller and S. Russell, Learn to Read Latin (textbook and workbook). At the end of the year they will read extended excerpts from unadapted Roman authors.