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Unit information: Latin Language Level D2 in 2015/16

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Unit name Latin Language Level D2
Unit code CLASM0039
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Shane Butler
Open unit status Not open




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


This unit aims to develop skills in sophisticated literary analysis of texts in Latin. The texts covered will be chosen to reflect the unit director's research interests, amounting to 1200-1500 lines. These texts will be studied in relation to the debates which they raise in secondary critical and theoretical literature, and in relation to their position in the literary history of Classics and its reception.


Upon conclusion of this unit students will have developed knowledge of the issues raised in relation to the texts studied and their interpretation, and the relevance of these for wider theoretical issues. They will have developed a detailed appreciation of the literary style of the texts studied and improved their fluency in reading and stylistic translating of Latin.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students should have:

  • developed their skills in reading, translating and interpreting a Greek/Latin text and in evaluating translations of it;
  • become familiar with current debates about the texts studied, and their historical and cultural significance;
  • developed and refined their skills in constructing coherent, relevant and sophisticated critical arguments, and in relating their readings of the texts to wider theoretical issues;
  • developed and enhanced their skills in oral and written communication by contributing to discussion in seminars, presenting short papers, and producing an essay and a written examination.

Teaching details

Seminars and reading classes. 20 contact hours, 180 hours independent study

Assessment Details

  • 1 essay of approximately 4000 words in length (50%), and
  • 1 90-minute examination containing sight translation, set text translation, and passages of set text for comment (50%).

Reading and References

Texts are specified on an annual basis according to the author being studied. Texts and references are detailed on the course handout.