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Syllabus

For 2021-22:

Set texts for weekly reading and interpretation classes:

  • Virgil Aeneid 5 (term 1)
  • Juvenal Satires 1 (term 2/3)

Prose author for reading and refreshing grammar and syntax in context:

  • Cicero, Verrines (throughout)

Students will need a copy of the following prescribed editions:

  • J. Farrell (2014) Vergil Aeneid 5 (The Focus Vergil Aeneid Commentaries)
  • S. M. Braund (1996) Juvenal Satires 1 (Cambridge Green & Yellow)

For Cicero, extracts will be provided by the lecturer

Assessment:

The module is examined by:

a) 1-hour paper in the Winter session of examinations, which counts for 25% of the final mark (one passage from Aeneid 5);

b) 2-hour paper in the Summer session of examinations, which counts for 75% of the final mark (one passage from Juvenal Satires, and one passage from Cicero's Verrines).

In the Winter examination, students will be expected to comment on the extract from the first set text (Virgil Aeneid 5), to explain grammatical forms and constructions, and to comment on points of interest in style, content, and wider interpretation in the selected passage.

In the Summer examination, students will be expected:

- to comment on an extract from the second set text (Juvenal Satires 1), to explain grammatical forms and constructions, and to comment on points of interest in style, content, and wider interpretation in the selected passage;

- to explain grammatical forms and constructions in an extract from Cicero's Verrines.

Additional Materials

Recommended Dictionaries:

Charles Lewis and Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary (Oxford, various reprints) or C.T. Lewis, An Elementary Latin Dictionary, Oxford 2002.

Note that the Lewis & Short (more expensive, but much more comprehensive than the Elementary option) is also available as a smartphone app for around £4, and can also be consulted online on perseus.tufts.edu. Also try, if you can, to use the Oxford Latin Dictionary, regarded as the best Latin-English dictionary available. There are copies available for consultation in the University Library.

Recommended Grammars:

James Morwood, A Latin Grammar (Oxford, 1999) or Cambridge Latin Grammar (Cambridge, 1992). Other possible grammars to consult are B.L. Gildersleeve’s Latin Grammar (London, 1948) and Kennedy’s Revised Latin Primer (Cambridge, 2010) PDF

Online Resources:

https://logeion.uchicago.edu/about