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Level 5

5AACLA01 Latin Language 1

Credit value: 30
Module convenor/tutor 2019/20: TBC (sem 1); Dr Akrivi Taousiani  (sem 2)
Module convenor/tutor 2018/9: Dr Ioannis Lambrou, Dr Jamie Masters & Dr Maggie Robb                                                                                              

Teaching pattern: 60 x 1-hour of small group seminar teaching (3 x 1-hour seminars weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 2 x 1-hour class tests (10% each); 1 x 3-hour end of year examination (80%)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessments by 1 x 3-hour examination (100%).

Prerequisite: Any knowledge of any foreign language is of value, but there are no formal requirements.

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.

This module is for students beginning their language learning in their second year. This module cannot be taken by those who have already undertaken 4AACLA01 Latin Language 1 in their first year.

This module aims to give those of you who come up to University with little or no previous experience of Latin an understanding of the basic grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of the language.

By the end of the year you should be able to read easy passages of Latin unseen without assistance and hence look forward to tackling more rewarding and sophisticated material in year 2, should you wish to continue with the language (as we hope you will do).

You will be expected to attend all classes. Preparation and consolidation in your own time is essential, and time spent learning grammar and vocabulary is just as important as completing written exercises. As an approximate guide, students on this course should expect to spend at least 6-8 hours a week in private study and preparation, in addition to the scheduled class hours. 

Core reading

Students who will be taking this course should purchase the following two volumes in advance. Both books are readily available from online retailers, as well as in good bookshops. You are strongly advised to purchase them before the beginning of term, as these books are widely used as coursebooks and tend to be in high demand in late September.

  • Reading Latin: Text, (2nd edition, 2016), by Peter V. Jones and Keith C. Sidwell, Cambridge University Press.
  • Reading Latin: Grammar, Vocabulary and Exercises,( 2nd edition, 2016),  by Peter V. Jones and Keith C. Sidwell, Cambridge University Press.

You may also find it helpful to purchase a separate grammar book. We recommend:

  • Kennedy’s Revised Latin Primer (Longman, 1964)


  • Oxford Latin  Grammar 1st edition (24 Jun. 1999)

No other books are required for the course. In particular, you do not need An Independent Study Guide to Reading Latin, which exists in the same format and by the same authors. This is designed for those learning Latin without a teacher, and it is not used on this course

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