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Unit information: Latin Language Level B1 in 2016/17

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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 Dr. Lampe
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 ca. 400-450 lines from unadapted ancient Latin texts, to be chosen by the unit tutor. 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 corroborate and expand students’ knowledge of Latin morphology and syntax;
  • To expand students’ Latin vocabulary;
  • To introduce students to techniques of independent reading of Latin, such as use of dictionaries and commentaries;
  • To introduce students to the detailed literary study of a particular Latin text and author.

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). [Alternatively, your unit tutor will advise you of iPhone and Android Latin dictionary apps appropriate for this unit.]
  • Kennedy, B. H., The Revised Latin Primer (London: Longmans, Green, and Co.) [You can download this for free at]