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Level 6

6AACLA01 Latin Language 1 for Graduate Diploma

Credit value: 30
Module convenor2019/20: TBC (sem 1) and Dr Akrivi Taousiani (sem 2)

Module Tutors 2019/20: Dr Jamie Masters, Dr Ioannis Lambrou and Dr Federica Scicolone

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 50-minute in-class tests (10% each); 1 x 3-hour exam (80%); 1x grammatical commentary (1,000 words). The grammatical commentary will not count towards your final grade, but you are required to attain a pass mark.

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

Pre-requisites: 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 only open to Department of Classics Graduate Diploma students who are at the appropriate language level.

This module aims to give to those of you 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 should you wish to continue with the language in future.

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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