LAT40010 Advanced Latin Texts

Academic Year 2020/2021

The theme of Advanced Latin Texts is the City of Rome. The city of Rome was an important urban center, and a key theme in the work of Roman writers. In this module you will explore the city and city life through reading extracts from a range of Roman authors, including Martial, Suetonius, Juvenal, Seneca and Pliny the Younger, as well as inscriptions. We will explore writing about the Great Fire of Rome, public buildings, difficulties of life in the city, and public spectacles.

The module is suitable for students who have studied the Latin language for at least two years. It is open to programme students in Latin and also to elective students, international students, and postgraduate students with knowledge of Latin.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students will:

- have developed their Latin reading skills
- have developed their understanding of Roman social and political history
- be able to produce well-argued written work that engages with the original Latin texts and with modern scholarship

Indicative Module Content:

Students will read selections from a range of texts, which will be supplied to them. The main textbook is Paul Whalen (ed.) Urbs Antiqua. Themes in Latin Literature. Cambridge, 1989, which is available to borrow from the School of Classics.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module is taught in small group classes, using a mixture of seminars, focused on particular social and historical themes, and reading classes, focused on developing translation skills, including Latin sentence structure, review of grammar, and translation into accurate and idiomatic English. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Students taking this module should have studied Latin for at least two years

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
LAT30190 - City of Rome, LAT30200 - Tacitus Histories

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Research Essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Assignment: Formative research assignment Week 4 n/a Graded No


Portfolio: Translation Portfolio Week 8 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Detailed feedback will be provided to students individually.

Paul Whalen (ed.) Urbs Antiqua. Themes in Latin Literature. Cambridge, 1989.