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Latin Language and Literature: Organisation


There are three hours of tuition per week. Students are encouraged to use Office Hours to clear up points as they occur. There are no classes in reading week.

Students will need to have their own copy of:

• Familia Romana - Orberg
• Oxford Grammar of Latin – James Morwood (OUP)
• Latin dictionary
• Aeneid 3

Dictionary: most will be suitable at this level but recommended are The Bantam New College Latin and English Dictionary by John Traupman; or Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary.

Note: a very small dictionary will not be sufficient at this level. Use of on-line dictionaries, such as Logeion or Perseus or Glossa or apps such as SPQR is encouraged but they are an adjunct, not a substitute for one of the above in physical form.


Term 1

The rest of basic Latin accidence and syntax is studied and the vocabulary widened to around 1800 words. The first set text is studied for an exam in week 1 of term 2, which requires work over the vacation.

Term 2

The second set text is read and the third is substantially finished. Work begins on reading Ovid hexameters in preparation for unseen translation in the summer exam for which a list of vocabulary for verse is provided.

Term 3

The set book is finished in the first week; the rest of the time is devoted to revision and exam technique.

The examination can be on any portion of the text studied in class and will include questions on grammar and content. Texts are chosen for their intrinsic interest as well as their capacity to deepen students' understanding of the language. Students are required to prepare translations, which are then discussed in class along with content. Students will need to go over the text again immediately after each class to consolidate their work


In 2018/19 we will study:

• selection from the Martyrdom of Perpetua
• selections from Cicero’s in Verrem II.5
• selections from Aeneid Book 3