Latin Historical Texts - 10 credits (HS3343/4)
Staff: Richard Evans
In these modules, students study one or more Latin texts, historical or epigraphic. Texts will be studied for both grammatical structure, and their importance as historical evidence. Classes will involve translation and grammatical comment, as well as discussion of the historical context and significance of the text.
Availability: autumn (HS3343) and spring (HS3344) semesters every year.
Optional for: all Ancient History degrees
Teaching: 10–12 classes
Assessment: one 2-hour examination. Passages will be set from the prescribed texts for translation and comment.
Texts studied might include Livy, Virgil, Catullus, Tacitus, Pliny's Letters, Cicero, and selected inscriptions.
To provide students with the opportunity to study Latin texts relevant to their chosen modules; to improve their language skills; and to apply their understanding of the texts to historical modules.
On successful completion of the module, the student will demonstrate:
- the ability to read and understand Latin texts of different types and genres.
- the ability to comment on the historical relevance of passages read in the original language.
Useful reference books
Kennedy, Revised Latin Primer (new edition, 1962)
Cassells Latin Dictionary
Other modules to consider taking in conjunction with this one: