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Unit information: Latin Language Level A1 in 2018/19

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Unit name Latin Language Level A1
Unit code CLAS20008
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Haskell
Open unit status Not open




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


The two units in this level (Latin A1 and A2) are designed for those who have little or no previous knowledge of Latin. In them you will learn all the fundamental morphology and syntax of classical Latin. In addition, in A2 you will read a substantial amount of un-adapted Latin. At the conclusion of this course you should be able to read straightforward Latin texts on your own, with the aid of a reference grammar and dictionary.


  • To begin introducing students to the grammatical and syntactical structures associated with Latin
  • To begin introducing students to Latin vocabulary, syntax, and morphology
  • To begin developing students’ ability to read and translate Latin texts
  • To introduce 3rd-yr students to some fundamental issues in translation theory

Intended learning outcomes

Together with Latin Language Level A2, students will have acquired a total vocabulary of about 500 Latin words (250 in each teaching block). They will have developed skills in the process of translating straightforward Latin into good English (by the end of A2 students should have read at least 250 lines of Latin, of which at least 150 lines should be un-adapted). They will be able to relate this new knowledge of Latin to their developing skills in the analysis of literary or historical texts.

Teaching details

Seminars and reading classes, grammatical instruction classes.

Assessment Details

One 45 min class test (33%)and one 90 min exam (66%)

Reading and References

Lewis, C. T. 1891. An Elementary Latin Dictionary (Oxford: Clarendon).

In lieu of this paper dictionary, students may prefer the dictionary package in the SPQR app, available for Apple and Android.

The following websites are very useful for vocabulary and morphology memorisation and practice: