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There are two classes per week for a total of three hours. Two hours are dedicated to the set texts and one hour to Latin grammar work on the prose author.

Students are expected to prepare work at home in advance of the classes: sections of the set texts before the set texts classes (so that the class could be spent on refining translations, discussing difficult linguistic points, matters of style and interpretation) and grammar and translation work in advance of the grammar classes.

NB Material for the grammar classes will be provided in class and on the module site, but it is essential that the students bring with them to class their own copy of the set texts (or set material for the grammar class), as well as a copy of James Morwood's Latin Grammar (Oxford, 1999) and a Latin dictionary of their choice. I would recommend you to download the Lewis & Short smartphone app (available for around £4) or to be able to consult the Lewis & Short dictionary in class on a laptop or tablet (available online on

PLEASE NOTE: Because of the volume of text to be covered, it is highly recommended that you plan your time so that you do at least some of the Latin reading and preparation outside of term time, i.e. in September before the start of term 1, and during the Christmas break between terms 1 and 2.