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Unit information: Latin Language Level B1 in 2014/15

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Unit name Latin Language Level B1
Unit code CLAS12307
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Shane Butler
Open unit status Not open




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 Cicero’s Letters (covering 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

1 x 2 hour lecture per week

1 x 1 hour seminar per week

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
  • D. R. Shackleton Bailey, Cicero: Select Letters, Cambridge University Press 1980

To be read in Latin:

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