Time: 14:50 - 16:20
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
What is the course about?
This is a course about improving your knowledge and appreciation of Latin authors in the original. It is about deepening your understanding and enlarging your enjoyment of Latin study. It is especially suitable if you are progressing from adapted to unadapted Latin texts.
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 continue reading Lucretius Book 5 (starting at line 994). We shall also be using R Colebourn ‘Latin Sentence and Idiom’ for prose composition, translating sentences from English into Latin.
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 of Lucretius' vocabulary and style
- have a good understanding of Epicurean philosophical ideas on the origins of the world and of civilisation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have studied Latin for at least 4 years or have an equivalent knowledge of the language. 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. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide 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; translation, grammar instruction, grammatical exercises. About 2 hours homework per week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Costa, C.D.N., ed. (1984) Lucretius De Rerum Natura V. Oxford [Oxford University Press], and
Colebourn, R. (1987) Latin Sentence and Idiom. London [Bristol Classical Press].
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Another Latin 5 class.
Dr Nikoletta Manioti teaches Classical Greek and Latin. Originally from Thessaloniki, Greece, she has a PhD in Classics from the University of Durham. Before coming to City Lit she held academic positions at the University of St Andrews (2012-17 and 2018-2021), at King's College London (2017-18), and at Birkbeck, University of London (2017-18). She is interested in all aspects of the ancient world, but her research focuses on the family and the representation of space in literature. She is currently writing a book on sisters in 1st century BC Rome. Nikoletta loves teaching in general, and Greek and Latin in particular. She loves learning languages too: she is fluent in Italian; reads French, German, and Spanish; and knows the basics of Portuguese and Swedish.
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.