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BA Latin and Spanish / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Advanced Latin Language 3

Unit code CAHE30310
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Classics & Ancient History
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This course-unit takes you on from CLAH30210 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.



Completion (at least 50%) of CLAH30210 Advanced Latin 2. Students who have achieved marks below 50% in CLAH30210 Advanced Latin 2 are not permitted to proceed to CLAH30310 Advanced Latin 3, except with the special permission of the Undergraduate Programme Director and the course unit convenor.


Students taking any Advanced Latin course unit are expected to take the linguists version of any Latin literature courses (where they meet the relevant pre-requisites for those course units).


To continue the study of Latin language acquired at CLAH30210 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.

Learning outcomes

See specific outcomes listed below:



This module enables you to:

·         read extensive selections from the Latin set texts

·         to translate passages from the set text unaided

·         increase your understanding of Latin grammar

·         improve your knowledge of the Latin canon

·         develop your ability in prose composition, translating both sentences and continuous passages of English into idiomatic Latin

·         increase your capacity to translate unseen passages of Latin into English, with reduced  assistance.

·         use language aids efficiently, such as dictionaries and grammars

Weekly classes will concentrate on reading the set texts, while fortnightly classes will be devoted to language work, including exercises for translation into Latin from Ashdowne & Morwood.

Teaching and learning methods

  • 1 x 1 hour set text class per week;
  • 1 x 1 hour grammar class per fortnight;
  • 1 dedicated consultation hour per week;
  • Blackboard: course documentation will be available on blackboard, as will unseens and further background materials such as instructions on basic scansion.

One set text class per week. One grammar class per fortnight, in which the main concentration will be on translation into Latin. Fortnightly written homework, alternating between translation into Latin and unseen translation, on which written formative feedback will be given.

Students will have access to online interactive tests for vocabulary, morphology, and syntax, designed for Intensive Latin but strongly encouraged for students of Advanced Latin.

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this course students will have:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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

Assessment task


Weighting within unit

Mid-year exam

90 minutes



3 hours




Feedback methods

  • Written feedback on fortnightly homework exercises;
  • Written feedback on formative and summative assessment (see above);
  • Additional one-to-one feedback (during the consultation hour or by making an appointment).

Recommended reading

  • R. Ashdowne, J. Morwood, Writing Latin, Duckworth, 2007

Set texts for this course vary from year to year, and will be announced before the start of the course each year.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 4.5
Practical classes & workshops 33
Tutorials 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 151.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
John Taylor Unit coordinator

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