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Latin for Research in the Humanities Seminars

This course is intended for postgraduates and staff with a basic knowledge of Latin (typically equivalent to GCSE level or that of the Classics Department's beginners' course) who wish to improve their language skills and to develop a proficiency in medieval and early-modern Latin through the study of a wide range of primary texts.

The course offers a means of reviewing Latin grammar and aims to introduce participants to the variations in vocabulary, spelling, punctuation etc. which problematise the reading of post-classical texts. A large part of each class will be spent on reading Latin texts dating from between the fourth and the seventeenth centuries.

Classes will be held weekly on Mondays, in room H450, between 5-6.30pm and a provisional list of the extracts which will be studied is provided below. All sessions will be taught by Dr. Luca Asmonti. For course specific information, contact Dr. Asmonti at to sign up for the course, contact the Renaissance Centre secretary, Jayne Brown, at

Term 1
  • 11 October St. Augustine, Conf. II, 4: On Stealing Pears (397-398)
  • 18 October Einhardt, Vita Karoli Magni (c.817-833)
  • 25 October Extract from Domesday Book (1086)
  • 1 November Leges Henrici Primi (c.1115)
  • 8 November READING WEEK
  • 15 November Extract from Magna Carta (1215)
  • 22 November A Gift (c.1250)
  • 29 November Vita Edwardi Secundi (c.1326)
  • 6 December An Account Book
Term 2
  • 10 January Petrarch, Sen. XVIII, 1: Letter to Posterity (c.1370-74)
  • 17 January Typical Manor Court Proceedings (1395)
  • 24 January Leonardo Bruni, Historiarum florentini populi libri (c.1416-42)
  • 31 January Quitclaim (1427)
  • 7 February Items from a Chapter Act Book (1454)
  • 14 February READING WEEK
  • 21 February Last Will and Testament of Isabel Rowley of East Retford (1456)
  • 28 February Thomas More, Letter to Margaret Roper
  • 7 March A Fine (1552)
  • 14 March A Bond (1635)