LAN302: Pagans and Christians from Augustus to Augustine (Advanced)

Key details

Unit typeElective unit
Credit points6
Indicative contact hours3 hours per week
PrerequisitesSee below
Offered inSemester 2
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Some of Rome’s greatest authors wrote during, and responded to, the regime of the Emperor Augustus (reigning c.27 BC – AD 14). The end of this period coincided with the earliest events in the Christian Gospels. In this unit students read texts from Augustan literature (e.g. Vergil, Horace, Livy) as well as from the great Christian Latin authors of the fourth and fifth centuries (e.g. Jerome, Augustine). Students may also read from authors of the intervening “Silver Age” (e.g. Seneca, Tacitus, Juvenal). The predominant theme of texts from the pre-Christian authors is “religion at Rome”. The predominant theme of texts from Christian authors is the encounter between Christianity and paganism, whether within the individual (e.g. Augustine’s Confessions), or in public (e.g. Ambrose on the Altar of Victory). Students engage in close reading of ancient texts both as an end in itself as well as to consolidate knowledge acquired in earlier units.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the unit students will have:

a) An understanding of how to translate syntactically complex texts from Latin, and the problems involved in the ‘translation’ of texts.
b) An understanding of the relation between language and culture, and between grammar and interpretation.
c) An understanding of how to apply evidence from beyond the text, in order to interpret it successfully, and some understanding of the evidence pertaining to the texts being studied.
d) A basic understanding of the principles of Latin prosody and the ability to identify the effect of metre in some cases.
e) The ability to participate confidently and effectively in group work, contributing with clarity and coherence.


Students may enrol in LAN302 if they have completed LAN204. Otherwise they may only enrol if they have a sufficiently advanced, and demonstrable, knowledge of Latin sufficient for this unit.

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