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CX136-30 Latin Literary Texts

Department
Classics & Ancient History
Level
Undergraduate Level 1
Module leader
Nicolas Liney
Credit value
30
Module duration
23 weeks
Assessment
Multiple
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

n/a.

Module web page

Module aims

The purpose of the module is to build upon Latin Language and Literature (or A Level) and to allow students to deepen their understanding of Latin by further reading of significant works by authors and in genres for the most part not previously studied. As well as developing students' ability to read Latin more fluently and to translate from Latin, the module also teaches advanced grammar, and provides an introduction to literary criticism and philological analysis at degree level.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

  • Set Text 1: Virgil Aeneid 12
  • Set Text 2: Sallust, Bellum Catilinae
  • Set Text 3: Cicero, Catilinarians 1

Set texts are subject to change year on year.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • an advanced and comprehensive knowledge of Latin grammar
  • an appreciation of the history of the Latin language
  • an appreciation of the evolution of style in Roman texts in a number of genres and registers
  • the ability to translate set texts
  • some understanding of how language and style contribute to the overall comprehension of the texts
  • an awareness of how the thematic concerns of the individual books studied relate to the authors’ work as a whole
Indicative reading list

Recommended editions: R. Tarrant, Virgil Aeneid Book XII, Cambridge, 2012; J.T. Ramsey, Sallust’s Bellum Catilinae, 2nd edition, Oxford 2007; A.R. Dyck, Cicero Catilinarians, Cambridge 2008. Complementary texts: Virgil, Aeneid (recommended translation: D. West 2003, Penguin Classics); Cicero, Catilinarians (recommended translation: C. MacDonald 1977 Loeb Classical Library). Recommemded grammars: James Morwood, A Latin Grammar (Oxford, 1999) or Cambridge Latin Grammar (Cambridge, 1992). Other possible grammars to consult are B.L. Gildersleeve’s Latin Grammar (London, 1948) and Kennedy’s Revised Latin Primer (Cambridge, 2010). Recommended dictionaries: Charles Lewis and Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary (Oxford, various reprints) or C.T. Lewis, An Elementary Latin Dictionary, Oxford 2002.

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Subject specific skills
  • an advanced and comprehensive knowledge of Latin grammar
  • an appreciation of the history of the Latin language
  • an appreciation of the evolution of style in Roman texts in a number of genres and registers
  • the ability to translate the set texts
  • some understanding of how language and style contribute to the overall comprehension of the texts
  • an awareness of how the thematic concerns of the individual books studied relate to the authors’ work as a whole
Transferable skills
  • critical thinking
  • problem solving
  • active lifelong learning
  • communication
  • information literacy
  • professionalism

Study time

Type Required
Seminars 23 sessions of 2 hours (15%)
Practical classes 23 sessions of 1 hour (8%)
Private study 231 hours (77%)
Total 300 hours
Private study description

Private study, preparation for classes and exams

Costs

Category Description Funded by Cost to student
Books and learning materials

<£75 for purchase of key texts

Student $75.00

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Students can register for this module without taking any assessment.

Assessment group B3
Weighting Study time
In-person Examination - Summer 75%

2 hour online examination (Summer)


  • Answerbook Pink (12 page)
In-person Examination - January 25%

January Exam - 1 hour


  • Answerbook Green (8 page)
Assessment group R1
Weighting Study time
In-person Examination - Resit 100%

~Platforms - AEP


  • Answerbook Pink (12 page)
Feedback on assessment

On request individually after summer examination

Past exam papers for CX136

Courses

This module is Core for:

  • Year 1 of UCXA-Q802 Undergraduate Classics (Latin) with Study in Europe

This module is Core optional for:

  • Year 1 of UCXA-Q800 BA in Classics
  • Year 1 of UCXA-VV17 Undergraduate Ancient History and Classical Archaeology (Part-Time)
  • Year 1 of UCXA-Q820 Undergraduate Classical Civilisation
  • UCXA-Q82P Undergraduate Classical Civilisation
    • Year 1 of Q82P Classical Civilisation (Part-Time)
    • Year 2 of Q82P Classical Civilisation (Part-Time)
  • Year 1 of UCXA-QQ37 Undergraduate Classics and English
  • Year 1 of UPHA-VQ52 Undergraduate Philosophy, Literature and Classics

This module is Optional for:

  • Year 1 of UCXA-VV16 Undergraduate Ancient History and Classical Archaeology
  • Year 1 of UCXA-VV18 Undergraduate Ancient History and Classical Archaeology with Study in Europe
  • Year 1 of UCXA-Q820 Undergraduate Classical Civilisation
  • Year 1 of UCXA-Q821 Undergraduate Classical Civilisation with Study in Europe

This module is Core option list B for:

  • Year 1 of UCXA-VV18 Undergraduate Ancient History and Classical Archaeology with Study in Europe

This module is Option list C for:

  • Year 1 of UCXA-QQ39 Undergraduate English and Classical Civilisation