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6AACLA02 Latin Language 2 for Graduate Diploma

Credit value: 30
Module convenor 2019/20: Dr Ioannis Lambrou
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 assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Pre-requisites: At least one year's study of Latin, or successful completion of 4AACLA01 Latin Language 1

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.


Classics courses can teach us about Cicero, Caesar, Seneca and Vergil. In this course, you will read the words that these famous men actually wrote. As well as consolidating and extending your existing Latin grammar and vocabulary, you will improve your translation and composition skills. Studying a classical language such as Latin will extend not only your understanding of English and the Romance languages but also language and communication expertise in general. Knowledge of Latin will enhance your writing skills and will also help with the acquisition and study of other European languages - particularly French, Italian and Spanish.

By the end of the module you will have acquired a further understanding of the grammar, syntax and vocabulary of the language and will be able to demonstrate an enhanced ability to translate Latin into good English.

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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