Latin 5

Course Dates: 24/01/19 - 04/04/19
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Matteo Favaretto

Improve your fluency in reading Latin poetry and prose by translating the letters by Pliny the Younger and the long poems (61-68) by Catullus.


What is the course about?

The course aims to improve your fluency in reading Latin by translating the letters by Pliny the Younger and the long poems (61-68) by Catullus.

What will we cover?

We will finish continue reading the letters by Pliny the Younger, begun in the previous term (please check with the tutor through the Classical Languages and Civilisations Department for the exact point to start at). In the second part of the term we will begin reading the long poems by Catullus.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- translate Pliny’s letters and appreciate their thematic, linguistic and stylistic features;
- translate Catullus’ long poems and appreciate their thematic, linguistic and stylistic features.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You should have completed at least four years of Latin, or have an equivalent level of the language. As this course is taught in English, you should be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English and also take part in class and group discussions on readings. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support with your English skills to help you take part fully in this class.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Whole class work; reading and translating original Latin texts, tutor posing questions and answering questions raised by the students. General discussion on language, style, theme, background points etc. Students will be asked to prepare a portion of the text for each class.Homework: about 2-3 hours per week.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

- Pliny the Younger, Fifty Letters of Pliny, ed. by A. N. Sherwin-White (Oxford University Press 1969);
- Catullus, poems 61-68 (any edition).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Latin 5 in Term 3.

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A course which is accessible and immensely enjoyable, which at the same time, and in a supportive and friendly way, makes demands of the students
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Review by JMcA / (Posted on 07/12/2018)
Challenging and engaging
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Review by Paul Daniel / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
A wide selection of prose and verse texts gives a stimulating overview of Latin literature. Discussions of linguistic, stylistic, historical and cultural aspects of the texts are wide-ranging and thought-provoking, and always entertaining!
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Review by Howard / (Posted on 16/07/2016)
Outstanding course with excellent teaching
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Review by Shawn / (Posted on 15/07/2015)
Most enjoyable mainly because the tutor's input allows both a serious and humorous vein.
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Review by NA / (Posted on 13/04/2015)

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Course Code: RL042

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Thu, day, 24 Jan - 04 Apr '19

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £109.00
Senior fee: £87.00
Concession: £66.00

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