MA Classics and Ancient History

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Advanced Latin Language 3

Course unit fact file
Unit code CAHE70310
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology & Egyptology
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This course-unit takes you on from CAHE30210/70210 Advanced Latin 2 to the next level. It involves (a) the accurate translation and linguistic comprehension of three set texts (two in verse and one in prose); (b) practice in unprepared translation from Latin into English and from English into Latin.


Pre-requisite units

Completion (with a mark of at least 50%) of CAHE30210/70210 Advanced Latin 2. Students who have achieved marks below 50% in CAHE30210/70210 Advanced Latin 2 are not permitted to proceed to CLAH70310 Advanced Latin 3, except with the special permission of the MA Programme Director and the course unit convenor.



To continue the study of Latin language acquired at CAHE30210/70210 Advanced Latin 2, developing skills of reading a wider range and greater number of authors (in prose and verse), further consolidating knowledge and understanding of vocabulary and grammar, and developing active knowledge of the language, through translation both into and out of Latin.

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this course students will have/be able to:
• read extensive selections from three Latin set texts, one prose and two verse;
• translate passages from the set text unaided;
• further deepened their understanding of Latin grammar;
• increased knowledge of the Latin canon.

Intellectual skills

By the end of this course students will have/be able to:
• further developed their ability in prose composition, translating both sentences and continuous passages of English into idiomatic Latin;
• increased their capacity to translate unseen passages of Latin into English, with reduced assistance.

Practical skills

By the end of this course students will have/be able to:

  • fast and skilful use of language aids, such as dictionaries and grammars.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

By the end of this course students will have/be able to:
• self-discipline;
• organisation;
• developed problem solving skills.

Employability skills

The course supports the development of a large number of important employment skills, most notably the ability to understand, commit to memory, and successfully deploy the elements of a complex communication system. Conscientious study of an ancient language enhances understanding of English grammatical structures and broadens vocabulary, thereby enhancing the ability to communicate clearly, concisely and eloquently. Students of ancient languages also learn how to extract key elements from complex information and to identify, make sense of, and solve associated problems.

Assessment methods

Exam 1 30%
Exam 2 70%


Feedback methods

Feedback method

Formative or Summative

Written feedback on fortnightly homework exercises



Written feedback on summative assessment (mid year exam)


Formative and summative

Oral feedback on grammar exercises in fortnightly classes and on translations in weekly classes.


Additional one-to-one feedback during the consultation

hour or by making an appointment).



Recommended reading

  • R. Ashdowne, J. Morwood, Writing Latin, Duckworth, 2007 (rrp £14.99)


The set texts are fixed on a rotating basis by the Dept according to a set syllabus, from which no variation is permitted. The precise texts will be confirmed before the start of teaching in every year. Advanced Latin 3 students read the third text independently of the Advanced Latin 2 students.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 33
Independent study hours
Independent study 117

Additional notes

33 hours teaching contact (22 x weekly set text class; 11 one-hour fortnightly grammar class)

117 Independent Study hours




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