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5AACLT03 Introductory Latin Texts III (Prose): Various Texts

Module convenor and assigned text change from year-to-year, please see below for annual information

Credit value: 15
Module convenor/tutor: Various, changes from year-to-year, see below
Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour seminars (weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 1 x 2-hour examination (100%) (For Study Abroad students attending for only one semester, 1 x 2-hour test paper in December.)
Prerequisites: Normally 5AACLA3A.  N.B. Students who have taken a Level 5 text in one year should normally not take another in a following year. (Available to study abroad students with equivalent experience)

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 is a Level 5 Latin text module, focusing on prose.  The text prescription will vary from time to time, and will be announced before module choices have to be made for the next academic session.  Specimen prescriptions, from previous years, can be found below.  The examination will test grammatical knowledge as well as translation ability.

For the specific text assigned for a particular year, please see below:

 

2019-20, From Augustus to Nero

Module convenor/tutor: TBC

The reigns of the Julio-Claudian emperors were characterized by murder and debauchery. This course presents a narrative of these reigns, ranging from Augustus to Nero, with passages in original Latin from Tacitus, Suetonius and Seneca. The texts accordingly exposes Augustus' adulterous affairs; the depraved Tiberius; the extravagance and madness of Caligula; the ineffective Claudius; and Nero's artistic pretensions.

Our main aim will be to get to know The Latin of Taciuts, Suetonius and Seneca by translating and analysing their Latin.  We will revise specific grammar and syntax as it occurs in the text.

Primary/introductory reading:

Set text: From Augustus to Nero, An Intermediate Latin Reader. Ed. By Garrett G. Fagan, Murgatroyd, Cambridge University Press (2006) ISBN (pb) 9780521528047

 

2018-19, Cicero, Pro Archia Poeta

Module convenor/tutor: Dr Eoin O'Donoghue

The text for this course will be Cicero’s Pro Archia Poeta (for the prescribed edition see Primary Reading below). The Pro Archia is a short and unusual speech by Cicero, devoted to the defence of a Greek poet whose Roman citizenship is in dispute. Cicero pays scant attention to legal argumentation and instead devotes the larger part of the work to singing the praises of Greek literature, on both practical and aesthetic grounds.

Our main focus in this course will be on getting to know Cicero’s text by translating and analysing his Latin. We will revise and practise specific grammar constructions as they occur in the text. There will also be some opportunity to study the particular rhetorical features of the Pro Archia, and to relate the opinions found in the speech to the attitudes expressed elsewhere in Cicero’s writings.

Students are expected to attend all classes, and to participate fully in them. In addition to the classes, students should expect to spend several hours each week preparing the text, revising grammar, and doing a small amount of background reading.

Primary/introductory reading:

  • Set textCicero. Pro Archia Poeta Oratio. Introduction, Text, Vocabulary and Commentary (2nd edition), edited by S. M. Cerutti, Wauconda IL, Bolchazy-Carducci2006.
  • Grammar revision : Via Plana: Graduated Readings in Advanced Latin, P. Ruth Taylor-Briggs, BCP 2000.
  • Be sure to have found a copy of both these books in good time for the beginning of term.
  • Study aids : It is important to own or have access to a good Latin dictionary. If you’re in the library use the Oxford Latin Dictionary or Lewis and Short (the latter can also be found online at the Perseus website). For everyday use you may like to buy a smaller dictionary such as the Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary.

You will also need a guide to Latin grammar and syntax. Most Latin textbooks will have good sections on grammar and syntax, but you may find it useful to own a more systematic reference work. For grammar look out for Kennedy’s Revised Latin Primer, Allen and Greenough’s New Latin Grammar, or the Oxford Latin Grammar. For more on syntax specifically try Colebourn’s Latin Sentence and Idiom, or Woodcock’s New Latin Syntax.

2017-18, Pliny, Epistles Book II

Module convenor/tutor: Dr Nikoletta Manioti

The Romans invented the personal letter as we know it and we will be reading the whole of the second book of one of the most influential of Latin letter-writers, Pliny the Younger. These provide us with a fascinating glimpse of the concerns of an elite Roman in the age of the emperors Nerva and Trajan. Friendship, the proper relation between public and private, the nature of the good life and of heroism under the emperors—these are just some of the questions with which Pliny wrestles. The letter contain vivid anecdotes and character sketches and are a model of elegant Latin prose.

Our main aim will be to get to know Pliny's text by translating and analysing his Latin.  We will revise specific grammar and syntax as it occurs in the text.

Primary/introductory readings

Pliny the Younger, Epistles Book II, edited by Christopher Whitton, Cambridge University Press 2013.

You will need a Latin dictionary and a guide to Latin grammar and syntax, such as Kennedy’s Revised Latin Primer, Allen and Greenough’s New Latin Grammar. or the Oxford Latin Grammar. 

2015-16, Sallus, Bellum Catilinae: murder in Rome

Module convenor/tutor: Dr Martin Dinter

The text for this course will be Sallust’s Bellum Catilinae (for the prescribed edition see Primary Reading below). The Bellum Catilinae is a historical work about the conspiracy of Catiline that occurred during Cicero’s consulship in 63 BCE. Famous for its vivid speeches and for its pessimistic portrayal of what the author sees as Rome’s general moral decline, Sallust’s perspective on the people and the political upheavals of late Republican Rome offers an interesting counterpart to Cicero’s writings on the same events.

Our main focus in this course will be on getting to know Sallust’s text by translating and analysing his Latin. We will revise and practise specific grammar constructions as they occur in the text. There will also be some opportunity to assess the work’s literary qualities and to discuss it in its historical context: we will consider why Sallust wrote about this particular event, how the Bellum Catilinae compares with other historical writings, and what the work tells us about the period it addresses.

Students are expected to attend all classes, and to participate fully in them. In addition to the classes, students should expect to spend several hours each week preparing the text, revising grammar, and doing a small amount of background reading.

Primary/introductory reading

Set text:  Sallust’s Bellum Catilinae, edited, with introduction and commentary, by J. T. Ramsey, OUP 2007 (second edition).

Grammar revision:  Via Plana: Graduated Readings in Advanced Latin, P. Ruth Taylor-Briggs, BCP 2000.

Be sure to have found a copy of both these books in time for the beginning of term.  

Study aids:  It is important to own or have access to a good Latin dictionary. If you’re in the library use the Oxford Latin Dictionary or Lewis and Short (the latter can also be found online at the Perseus website). For everyday use you may like to buy a smaller dictionary such as the Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary.                 

You will also need a guide to Latin grammar and syntax. Most Latin textbooks will have good sections on grammar and syntax, but you may find it useful to own a more systematic reference work. For grammar look out for Kennedy’s Revised Latin Primer, Allen and Greenough’s New Latin Grammar, or the Oxford Latin Grammar. For more on syntax specifically try Colebourn’s Latin Sentence and Idiom, or Woodcock’s New Latin Syntax.

Further reading:  It would be helpful to have read Cicero’s speeches against Catiline in English before the beginning of term. 

2013-14, Cicero, Pro Archia Poeta

 

Module convenor/tutor : Dr Emily Pillinger

The text for this course will be Cicero’s Pro Archia Poeta (for the prescribed edition see Primary Reading below). The Pro Archia is a short and unusual speech by Cicero, devoted to the defence of a Greek poet whose Roman citizenship is in dispute. Cicero pays scant attention to legal argumentation and instead devotes the larger part of the work to singing the praises of Greek literature, on both practical and aesthetic grounds.

Our main focus in this course will be on getting to know Cicero’s text by translating and analysing his Latin. We will revise and practise specific grammar constructions as they occur in the text. There will also be some opportunity to study the particular rhetorical features of the Pro Archia, and to relate the opinions found in the speech to the attitudes expressed elsewhere in Cicero’s writings.

Students are expected to attend all classes, and to participate fully in them. In addition to the classes, students should expect to spend several hours each week preparing the text, revising grammar, and doing a small amount of background reading.

Primary/introductory reading:

  • Set textCicero. Pro Archia Poeta Oratio. Introduction, Text, Vocabulary and Commentary (2nd edition), edited by S. M. Cerutti, Wauconda IL, Bolchazy-Carducci2006.
  • Grammar revision Via Plana: Graduated Readings in Advanced Latin, P. Ruth Taylor-Briggs, BCP 2000.
  • Be sure to have found a copy of both these books in good time for the beginning of term.
  • Study aids : It is important to own or have access to a good Latin dictionary. If you’re in the library use the Oxford Latin Dictionary or Lewis and Short (the latter can also be found online at the Perseus website). For everyday use you may like to buy a smaller dictionary such as the Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary.
You will also need a guide to Latin grammar and syntax. Most Latin textbooks will have good sections on grammar and syntax, but you may find it useful to own a more systematic reference work. For grammar look out for Kennedy’s Revised Latin Primer, Allen and Greenough’s New Latin Grammar, or the Oxford Latin Grammar. For more on syntax specifically try Colebourn’s Latin Sentence and Idiom, or Woodcock’s New Latin Syntax.

2012-13, Apuleius, Metamorphoses

Module convenor/tutorDr Emily Pillinger

The text for this course will be a section of narrative telling the story of Cupid and Psyche from Apuleius’ Metamorphoses (for the prescribed edition see Primary Reading below). Apuleius was a North African rhetorician and writer working in the second century CE, and his dazzlingly imaginative and funny Metamorphoses is the only Latin novel that survives in its entirety to our day.

Our main focus in this course will be on getting to know Apuleius’ text by translating and analysing his Latin. We will revise and practise specific grammar constructions as they occur in the text. There will also be some opportunity to assess the work’s literary qualities and to discuss its place in the canon of ancient literature: we will think in particular about the moral worlds found in the ancient novel and the roles played by allegory, magic, and the divine.

Students are expected to attend all classes, and to participate fully in them. In addition to the classes, students should expect to spend several hours each week preparing the text, revising grammar, and doing a small amount of background reading.

Primary/introductory reading

Set textApuleius: Cupid and Psyche, edited by E. J. Kenney, Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics, CUP 1990.

Grammar revisionVia Plana: Graduated Readings in Advanced Latin, P. Ruth Taylor-Briggs, BCP 2000.

Be sure to have found a copy of both these books in good time for the beginning of term.

Study aids:  It is important to own or have access to a good Latin dictionary. If you’re in the library use the Oxford Latin Dictionary or Lewis and Short (the latter can also be found online at the Perseus website). For everyday use you may like to buy a smaller dictionary such as the Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary.

You will also need a guide to Latin grammar and syntax. Most Latin textbooks will have good sections on grammar and syntax, but you may find it useful to own a more systematic reference work. For grammar look out for Kennedy’s Revised Latin Primer, Allen and Greenough’s New Latin Grammar, or the Oxford Latin Grammar. For more on syntax specifically try Colebourn’s Latin Sentence and Idiom, or Woodcock’s New Latin Syntax.

 

Further reading:  You should aim to read the whole of Apuleius’ Metamorphoses in English before the beginning of term. 

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