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6AACLTA3 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%) and 1 x 1200 word commentary. The commentary will not count towards your final grade, but you are required to attain a pass mark.

(For Study Abroad students attending for only one semester, a 2-hour test paper will be sat in December in place of the end of year examination.)

Prerequisites: Normally 5AACLA3A.  (Available to study abroad students with equivalent experience)

Prohibited combinations:  Students who have previously taken a Level 5 Introductory Latin text module (or equivalent) will not be permitted to progress to a Level 6 Introductory Latin text module.

This module is open to BA Classics (Access Pathway B) students, or students who have started both Ancient Greek and Latin while at King's.

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 6 Introductory 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:

2019/20: From Augustus to Nero

Module convenor/tutor: Dr Lucy Nicholas

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.

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