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Level 4

4AACLAT1 Introductory Latin

Credit value: 15
Module convenor/tutor 2018/9: Dr Maggie Robb 
Teaching pattern: 
40 x 1-hour classes (2 hours per week across both semesters)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 1 x 2-hour examination (85%), 1 x in-class test (15%)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessments by 1 x 2-hour examination (100%)

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

**4AACCLA1 is offered exclusively to Liberal Arts and other external students. Not available to students in the Department of Classics.**

This module is designed to offer students outside the KCL Department of Classics, particularly students in the Liberal Arts programme, the chance to begin the study of classical Latin. Through a steady and systematic introduction to the grammar, syntax and vocabulary of the language, students will progress to the point where they can read and translate short passages from original Latin texts, both prose and poetry. They will also find that they have an improved grasp of English grammar and syntax, and an appreciation of the continuing influence of Latin on other European languages.

Students who have completed and enjoyed this module will be given the opportunity to continue their studies by taking one of the Latin courses offered by the King’s Summer School in Latin. They will then in their second year be able to take one of the Latin language modules offered to students in the Department of Classics.

Students may be interested in combining this module with 4AACCLA1 Classical Culture: An Introduction, another Classics module designed specially for external students. 

Suggested introductory reading

This is suggested reading and purchase of these books is not mandatory.

  • W. Fitzgerald, How to Read a Latin Poem If You Can’t Read Latin Yet (Oxford 2013). This is an excellent introduction to Latin literature for those who are thinking about beginning to learn the language. 
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