LAN204: Classical Latin IV (Intermediate)

Key details

Unit typeElective unit
Credit points6
Indicative contact hours3 hours per week
PrerequisitesSee below
Offered inSemester 2
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This unit continues the study of the Latin syntax initiated in LAN203: the syntax of cases and the syntax of the verb. The understanding of Latin syntax is reinforced through the translation of sentences and passages from and into Latin adapted from the texts of classical authors (loci antiqui) in order to meet the linguistic experience of students. During the course students are encouraged to compose passages in Latin modelled on those of the authors examined before progressing to the reading, grammatical analysis and translation of passages drawn directly from Latin literature (loci immutati). Students will be introduced to the systematic study of Latin Literature beginning from an examination of early Latin documents written in Latin to then pass on to the examination of the works of authors such as Cato, Plautus, Cornelius Nepos and Catullus. Since ancient classical cultures greatly valued the art of memory, students will be invited to memorise poetry and passages of prose.

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 phonology, morphology and syntax of the Latin language in particular the rules of subordination and the relation between syntax and semantics.
c) Demonstrate capacity to compose short texts and dialogues in Latin.
d) Translate simple texts from Latin into English (comprehension).
e) Have acquired a satisfactory amount of Latin lexicon.
f) Have acquired a understanding of the basic rules governing Latin prosody & metric reading (Hexameter);
g) Having acquired a understanding of the development of the origins and development of the Roman literary tradition;
h) Understand the historical and structural relation between the Latin and English languages.

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