Latin 4 upper: module 3
Time: 13:10 - 14:35
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
This course has now started
Course Code: RL652
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course aims to enable intermediate-to-advanced students to read unadapted Latin poetry with confidence and enjoyment, and to appreciate the style and metre of epic, lyric and elegy.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We shall be reading unadapted Latin poetry from Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura, Virgil’s Aeneid, Horace’s Odes, and Ovid’s Amores, as included in the volume “Reading Latin: Text and Vocabulary”, starting at Section 6D. We will also learn the basics of Latin metre (including hexameter, archilocheans, and elegiac couplets).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate some familiarity with the poetry of Lucretius, Virgil, Horace and Ovid;
- Demonstrate some familiarity with Latin metre;
- Appreciate the socio-historical background of poetry in the Late Republic and Early Empire.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for those who have already completed “Latin 4 lower: Module 2”, or who have equivalent experience. As this course is taught in English, you should be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English and take part in group discussions on readings.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on a traditional teaching approach, yet it aims also at a high level of student interaction with some pair and group work. Please note that students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do 1-2 hours homework per week.
Please be aware that the teacher will use Google Classroom, and you are expected to regularly check the course’s page to find additional notes, updates about the progress of the class, homework, etc.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Textbook: Reading Latin, 2nd edition (NEW edition), by Peter Jones & Keith Sidwell (CUP) Vol 1: ‘Grammar and Exercises’ (ISBN 9781107632264) and Vol 2: ‘Text and Vocabulary’ (ISBN 9781107618701).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Latin 5 lower: module 1 in September.
Having grown up in Canada, I came to Cambridge in 2010 to pursue a PhD in Classics, which I received in 2015. I am a scholar of Ancient Greek history and political thought, with a particular interest in ancient diplomacy and in kings, tyrants, and other sole rulers. My current research combines these interests, focussing on how citizens of ancient Greek city-states interacted with absolute rulers, and on the anxieties and debates that these interactions raised. My book based on this research, entitled "Talking to Tyrants in Classical Greek Thought" will be published in Autumn 2022 by Liverpool University Press. Other areas of interest include the politics depicted in Homeric epic, the performance of Greek tragedy and comedy, and the early evolution of the role of the Roman Emperor. I greatly enjoy sharing the many facets of the ancient world with students of all levels. I have long experience teaching Greek and Latin language, literature, and history at the Faculty of Classics at Cambridge, as a private tutor, and more recently at Cambridge's Institute for Continuing Education.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.