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5AACLT04 Introductory Latin Texts IV (Verse): 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.  NB 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 verse.  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:

2014-15, Ovid, Heroides

Module convenor/tutor: Dr Emily Pillinger

The text for this course will comprise a selection of Ovid’s Heroides (for the prescribed edition see Primary Reading below). We will be reading some of the so-called ‘double’ Heroides. Whereas the single Heroides (1-15) describe a one-way communication by heroines to their lovers, the double Heroides (16-21) match a female voice with a male voice, and thus stage a relationship (or confrontation) between two lovers.  

Our main focus in this course will be on getting to know Ovid’s poetry by translating and analysing his Latin, concentrating on the four letters purportedly written by Hero and Leander, and by Acontius and Cydippe. We will revise and practise specific grammar constructions as they occur in the text. We will also think about some of the literary aspects of the poems: the function of the letter form, the effectiveness of the characterisation, the rhetorical flavour of the poetry, and the gendering of the voices behind the poetry.

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 textOvid: Heroides XVI- XXI, edited by E. J. Kenney, Cambridge 1996.
  • 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.

2013-14, Ovid, Heroides

Module convenor/tutor: Dr Emily Pillinger

The text for this course will comprise a selection of Ovid’s Heroides (for the prescribed edition see Primary Reading below). We will be reading some of the so-called ‘double’ Heroides. Whereas the single Heroides (1-15) describe a one-way communication by heroines to their lovers, the double Heroides (16-21) match a female voice with a male voice, and thus stage a relationship (or confrontation) between two lovers.  

Our main focus in this course will be on getting to know Ovid’s poetry by translating and analysing his Latin, concentrating on the four letters purportedly written by Hero and Leander, and by Acontius and Cydippe. We will revise and practise specific grammar constructions as they occur in the text. We will also think about some of the literary aspects of the poems: the function of the letter form, the effectiveness of the characterisation, the rhetorical flavour of the poetry, and the gendering of the voices behind the poetry.

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 textOvid: Heroides XVI- XXI, edited by E. J. Kenney, Cambridge 1996.
  • 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.

2012-13, Virgil, Georgics

Module convenor/tutor: Ian Goh

In this module we will read extracts from Virgil’s Georgics, covering in the course of the term substantial portions of all four books, and reading some of the most influential passages of classical Latin poetry (including the dedication to Octavian, the ‘praise of Italy’ from Book 2, and the ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’ section from Book 4).

Set text: R. D. Williams (ed.), Virgil: The Eclogues and Georgics (Bristol Classical Press). Students should obtain a copy of this edition in advance, as we will be using the commentary from the beginning of term.

Primary/introductory reading:

  • R. D. Williams (ed.), Virgil: The Eclogues and Georgics (Bristol Classical Press). Students should obtain a copy of this edition in advance, as we will be using the commentary from the beginning of term.
  • B. Gildersleeve and G. Lodge, Gildersleeve's Latin Grammar, Macmillan 1895
  • E. Woodcock, A New Latin Syntax, Methuen 1959
  • J. Morwood, Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary, OUP 2005

Module aims

  • First experience of reading a complete work in verse for continuing Year II or III students who have finished their formal language-acquisition instruction in Latin in the preceding year; 
  • It is intended to prepare students for the greater demands made on their speed and autonomy in reading classical Latin prose that will be made by Level 6 text modules. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, the students will be able to demonstrate intellectual, transferable and practicable skills appropriate to a Level 5 module and in particular will be able to demonstrate: 

  • Increased fluency in reading and translating continuous Latin verse 
  • Enhanced ability to analyse and explain the morphology and grammatical structures encountered in their reading 
  • Increased ability to use the standard study aids – commentaries, dictionaries – for autonomous reading 
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