LAN311: Virgil


LAN311: Virgil

Key details

Accredited towardsDiploma of Classical Languages
Unit typeCore unit
Credit points6
Indicative contact hours3 hours per week
Offered inSemester 1
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In this unit students read selected portions of the poems of Virgil (70-19 BC), in Latin. They also read widely in English in his works as a whole, especially the Aeneid. Students will cover the poems themselves as well as Virgil’s response to, and participation in, the transformations of the Roman constitution and of Roman society which occurred during his life.


Learning outcomes

On completion of the unit students will have:

  1. An understanding of how to translate syntactically complex texts from Latin, and the problems involved in the ‘translation’ of texts.
  2. An understanding of the historical context of Virgil’s work and a detailed knowledge of the text(s) prescribed.
  3. The ability to identify useful secondary sources, analyse them once identified, and then synthesise all sources for the successful interpretation of the text.
  4. The ability to express effectively this interpretation in writing.
  5. The ability to express this interpretation effectively as an oral contribution to peer-group discussion.
  6. The ability to recite accurately Virgil’s poetry in Latin, with due regard for sound, sense, and metre.



Students may enrol in LAN311 if they have completed any one of the following: LAN301, LAN302, LAN305, LAN306, LAN312. Otherwise they may only enrol if they have a sufficiently advanced, and demonstrable, knowledge of Latin sufficient for this unit.



Interested in other Latin units?

LAN101: Classical Latin I
LAN102: Classical Latin II
LAN203: Classical Latin III
LAN204: Classical Latin IV
LAN301: Language and Society in Late Republican Rome
LAN302: Pagans and Christians from Augustus to Augustine
LAN305: The Eternal City from Paganism to Christianity
LAN311: Virgil
LAN312: Cicero



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