LAN101: Classical Latin I (Introductory)

Key details

Unit typeElective unit
Credit points6
Indicative contact hours3 hours per week
Offered inSemester 1
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This unit is designed for beginners and those who have not completed HSC Latin. The course requires no previous knowledge of a foreign language and/or of English Grammar. The grammatical concepts and categories of the Latin language encountered during the course are explained and related to those of the English language so that students can develop a clear frame of reference. The unit introduces the student to Latin phonetics, morphology, composition and vocabulary through the translation from and into Latin of simple, often made-up, sentences and the reading and translation of abridged passages adapted from Latin literature in order to meet the linguistic experience and competence of students. The course is preceded by an introduction regarding the linguistic evolution of Latin from its origins in the Proto-Indo-European ancestral language until the development of a Latin Literary Tradition in the II century B.C.

Learning outcomes

Successful completion of this unit will enable students to:

a) Demonstrate an understanding of the problems (i.e. pronunciation) connected with the study of ancient languages.
b) Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of the basic morphology of the Latin language in particular the function of the case system, the declensions of nouns and the conjugations of the verb.
c) Demonstrate capacity to compose short sentences in Latin.
d) Translate simple texts from Latin into English.
e) Have acquired a satisfactory amount of Latin lexicon.
f) Understand the historical and structural relation between the Latin and English languages.

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