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Level 7

7AAH1022 Medieval Latin Literature

Credit Value: 40
Module convenor/tutor 2019/20: Dr Daniel Hadas
Teaching pattern: 20 x 2-hour weekly seminars
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 1 x 3000-word essay (25%); 1 x 7000-word translation and commentary (75%)
Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.
Pre-requisites: Good intermediate Latin is necessary to take this module.

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. 

The course is in two parts. The first term is exploratory: students will read selected texts from the whole medieval period - from late antiquity to the high Middle Ages - in a variety of genres (theology, poetry, history, law, etc.) In the second term the class will learn how to edit a medieval Latin text. The text chosen will be one which (i) has not been published, or critically edited, before; (ii) exists in at least one accessible MS(S) for first-hand collation (i.e. BL or Lambeth; other witnesses may be supplied in microfilm or located online); (iii) is of interest to the current takers of the course.

In the first part of the course students will be expected to prepare texts for each week and to write a short essay on a medieval Latin source or sources. In the second term each student will be given a section of the text to edit with critical apparatus, translation, and commentary on all aspects.

Students are encouraged to take part in the annual medieval Latin play.

Suggested introductory reading

This is suggested reading and purchase of these texts is not mandatory

Texts for reading in the first term will be provided, as the selection varies every year. For preparation in advance of the course, the following anthologies include a good range of medieval texts, as well as guidance on the main differences between Classical and Medieval Latin.

  • C. Beeson, A Primer of Medieval Latin
  • P. Rainey, Medieval Latin Lyric (3 fascicles)
  • K. Sidwell, Reading Medieval Latin
  • K.P. Harrington, Medieval Latin (2nd ed. 1997)
For general introductions to Medieval Latin, see also:
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