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Unit information: Latin Language Level B1 in 2017/18

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Unit name Latin Language Level B1
Unit code CLAS30033
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. O'Gorman
Open unit status Not open

Latin Language level A1 and A2, or equivalent.



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


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 an unadapted ancient Latin text, 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 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

By the end of this unit, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. facility with a good range of Latin morphology and syntax;
  2. the ability to translate from Latin to English a high number of vocabulary items;
  3. the ability to use large lexicons and (where available) commentaries both for understanding and for literary interpretation;
  4. the ability to interpret Latin texts with increasing sophistication;
  5. explain and discuss critically the literary style, historical contexts, political or philosophical ideas found in the text set in the unit.

Teaching details

3 x one-hour classes per week

Assessment Details

One 2000 word written assignment (50%), which will assess ILOs 3-5, and one 90 minute exam (50%) which will assess ILOs 1-2.

Reading and References

C.T. Lewis, Elementary Latin Dictionary (Oxford University Press)

Benjamin H. Kennedy, The Revised Latin Primer (London: Longman's, Green & Co., 1906)