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Unit information: Latin Language Level B2 in 2016/17

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Unit name Latin Language Level B2
Unit code CLAS12308
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Laura Jansen
Open unit status Not open




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


This course introduces students to a range of skills in independent reading and analysis of Latin literature. We will be looking at Vergil’s first poetic work, the Eclogues, produced in the decade before the battle of Actium. Students will be introduced to the different resources available for self-directed interpretation; lexica, translations, commentaries and word search tools. Emphasis will be on close analysis of specific passages, exploring the different links between grammatical understanding of the Latin and literary appreciation of the poetry. We will also explore the politics of pastoral poetry, its antecedents in the Hellenistic tradition, and its influence on Western literature and art.

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 details

Lectures, seminars and reading classes, grammatical instruction classes

Assessment Details

2 x class tests (25% each) and 1 x practical criticism (50%)

Reading and References

Useful resources are

  • C.T. Lewis Elementary Latin Dictionary, Oxford University Press
  • Kennedy’s Revised Latin Primer, Longman
  • Robert Coleman, Virgil’s Eclogues, Cambridge University Press

Students may also access the text and dictionary via Perseus. Further translations and commentary will be available on Blackboard.

To be read in Latin:

  • Vergil Eclogues (829 lines)
  • Students should also read the Eclogues in English.