What is the course about?
This course aims to build reading fluency in Latin through reading original Latin texts, regular review of grammar, and composition in Latin.
What will we cover?
The course will be based on the anthology Two Centuries of Roman Poetry (Ed. A.R. Davis, E.C. Kennedy), and will focus on reading a wide variety of Latin poetry, spanning epic, satire, and elegiac poetry.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- read and translate original Latin texts with confidence
- scan common Latin poetic metres
- recognise and appreciate the styles of a variety of Latin poets.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course assumes a strong, comprehensive knowledge of Latin grammar and a good foundational vocabulary. Students will ideally have spent at least a term reading original Latin texts. As this course is taught in English, you should be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English and also take part in class and group discussions on readings.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Students will be assigned passages to prepare for each class, during which there will be discussions on the language, style, themes, and historical background of the text. Homework: about two to three hours per week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Students will need the text Two Centuries of Latin Poetry (Ed. A.R. Davis, E.C. Kennedy, ISBN: 9781853995279) and a good Latin-English dictionary. Additional readings will be provided by the tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Latin 5 lower: module 3, or other Latin 5 courses.