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Latin Language & Literature (Intermediate)

CX 101, 201, 301

depending on year of study.


See sub-page for materials for the first week.


This module builds upon Latin Language CX115 module and gives the opportunity to read continuous extracts from original authors. Students need to have a sound basis to enrol on the module: second year students will need to have completed the Latin Language module in a satisfactory manner, generally with at least 70% or with a decent showing in a placement test.


This module is also studied by first year undergraduates on the Classical Civilisation or Ancient History courses who have studied Latin at A level but did not achieve the A grade necessary for the module Latin Literary Texts. Anyone else who is interested should discuss their position with the module tutor. A placement test may be required.


Main points

For 2020/21, we have one group with three hours of tuition a week: on campus twice a week on Mondays and Fridays and an asynchronous class. We will complete the course book Familia Romana by ├śrberg in the first term, and read original Latin in the second term.

The course uses innovative communicative techniques and classes are an integral part of the course. These need to be backed up by a significant amount of independent study, for which extensive materials are available on-line.

You should expect to:

  • spend 2-3 hours between each class on independent study
  • revise for exams over the Christmas and Easter vacations,
  • set aside time for 300 hours of study over the year in total

Attendance is required at all classes, unless there is a very good reason you cannot attend. If you have appointment you cannot miss, please discuss this in advance. If you are ill, you should email as soon as possible (on the day) giving a brief explanation of why you could not attend. In the absence of any such email, attendance will be noted as unauthorised in the register. Our experience is that regular attendance is the single most important factor for success on this module.

In the event that you have to miss classes for more than one week due to illness, university regulations usually require you to submit a medical certificate from your GP or similar healthcare professional to the departmental office. You will be informed if there are different arrangements for 2020/21.

More importantly, you should be in email contact with the module tutor and your personal tutor since it is easy to fall behind in such a situation and catching up becomes progressively harder.


Drop-in sessions

Drop-in sessions are an important part of the module, offering students the opportunity to sort out areas of uncertainty as the module progresses. Often a quick, well-directed question can sort things out quickly and put your mind at rest. Drop-in sessions are particularly important where you have missed a class. You are expected to do the work which is always set out on-line, but you should use a drop-in session to check on anything you have not understood.

I have a dedicated session for Latin on Thursdays 11-12 , and another general session on Tuesdays 9-10.

This module runs each year. Module convenor: Mr Clive Letchford.