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Unit information: Latin Language Level D1 in 2016/17

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Unit name Latin Language Level D1
Unit code CLAS30073
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Laura Jansen
Open unit status Not open

CLAS22407 or equivalent



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


There are many ways of thinking about metamorphosis, and in this unit we shall seek to investigate a variety of them. Reading the first three books of Ovid’s epic poem together gives us the scope to think about Ovid's narrative techniques and to consider, for example, what constitutes an 'episode' in the poem and how we determine where a particular story or book begins and ends. The poem itself also undergoes a whole host of transformations, slipping in and out of different moods and genres, in the process reworking many of the most famous myths of Greece and Rome. In the course of this unit we shall combine close readings of the Latin text with consideration of large-scale interpretative issues to see whether it is possible to 'pin-down' this most elusive and heterogeneous of epic poems. Aims:

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 Greek/Latin.

Intended learning outcomes

1. developed skills in reading, translating and interpreting a Greek/Latin text and in evaluating translations of it;

2. close familiarity with current debates about the texts studied, and their historical and cultural significance;

3. skills in constructing coherent, relevant and sophisticated critical arguments, and in relating their readings of the texts to wider theoretical issues, as appropriate to level H;

4. developed and enhanced skills in oral and written communication by contributing to discussion in seminars, presenting short papers, and producing an essay and a written examination to a standard appropriate to level H.

Teaching details

3 hours of seminars per week.

Assessment Details

  • 1 essay of 3000 words in length (50%), and
  • 1 two hour examination (50%).

Both will assess ILOs 1-4.

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.