BA Classical Studies

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Advanced Latin Language 3

Course unit fact file
Unit code CAHE30311
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This course-unit takes you on from CAHE30211 Advanced Latin 2 to the next level. It involves (a) the accurate translation and linguistic comprehension of unseen texts (in verse and in prose); (b) the development of more advanced skills relating to the reading of Latin; (c) practice in unprepared translation from English into Latin.


Pre/Co/Antirequisite units

Completion (with a mark of at least 40%) of CAHE30210 Advanced Latin 2. Students who have achieved marks below 40% in CAHE30210 Advanced Latin 2 are not permitted to proceed to CAHE30310 Advanced Latin 3. A COMPENSATED FAIL at Advanced 2 IS NOT SUFFICIENT. 




To continue the study of Latin language acquired at CAHE 30211 Advanced Latin 2, developing skills of reading a wider range 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. 

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 unseen translation from Latin and 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/be able to:  

  • Read a wide range of passages from Latin authors,both prose and verse;  
  • demonstrate a deeper understanding of Latin grammar;  
  • increased their engagement with Latin texts, by honing their knowledge of scansion, the rules of Latin pronunciation, and related issues in the language;
  • 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;  
  • demonstrate increased 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:

  • show 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

Mid-semesterexam   30%
In-person exam   70%


Feedback methods

Feedback methodFormative or Summative

Written feedback on weekly homework exercises



Written feedback on summative assessment (mid-semester test)


Formative & Summative

Additional one-to-one feedback (during the consultation hour or by making an appointment).




Recommended reading

A. Leigh (2019) Latin Prose Composition: A Guide from GCSE to A Level and Beyond, Bloomsbury

Other materials will be provided on the VLN.   

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Practical classes & workshops 33
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

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