Latin 5 advanced: poetry group
Time: 10:15 - 11:25
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: RL150
Duration: 11 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course is for improving your knowledge and appreciation of Latin poetry. We shall be looking at meaning, metre and features of poetic language, in order to enlarge your enjoyment and deepen your understanding of the set texts. There will be no class on 2 November (reading week).
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 will be completing the current text, Ovid’s Metamorphoses book 3 (with approximately 150 lines left to go). We will then spend one week studying the poems of Sulpicia (of which there are only c.40 lines extant) before moving on to Statius' Achilleid.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- read and translate with confidence and enjoyment
- demonstrate an extensive knowledge and appreciation of Ovid's and Statius' vocabulary and style.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have completed at least five years of Latin. As this course is taught in English, you should be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English and also to take part in class and group discussions on readings. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to see if you may benefit from support with your English skills to help you take part fully in this class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Whole class work; reading and translating; tutor posing questions and answering questions raised by students. General discussion on language, style, themes, cultural points arising from the text. Students should are expected to prepare a portion of the text each week. Homework: about 2-3 hours per week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Book III, Bristol Classical Press, ed. A.A.R. Henderson (ISBN 9780906515020).
You will then need Statius: Achilleid Bristol Phoenix Press Classic Editions) ed. By R. Cowan and O.A.W. Dilke (ISBN 978-1904675112).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Latin 5 advanced in Term 2.