Latin 5

Course Dates: 23/09/19 - 02/12/19
Time: 14:35 - 15:35
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Emma Park

Improve your fluency in reading and translating Latin and gain a greater knowledge of complex grammatical structures. This course will suit those who have reached a good level of fluency but still need help with Latin grammar and idioms.


What is the course about?

You will be reading and translating original Latin texts to study their linguistic, stylistic, and cultural features; you will also be studying their distinct genres and the historical background which produced them.

What will we cover?

You will read extracts from Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things (“De Rerum Natura”). The recommended edition is the one from the Loeb Classical Library (Harvard University Press), which contains a translation of the Latin text by W. H. D. Rouse and has been revised by M. F. Smith in 1989.

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

- read and translate with confidence and enjoyment;
- display an understanding of the position of Lucretius’ work within the context of Roman literary culture;
- demonstrate an appreciation of Lucretius’ style.

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

This course is suitable if you are an advanced student and have studied Latin at the Build for about four years or have an equivalent knowledge of Latin. As this course is taught in English, you should be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English and take part in class and group discussions on readings. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to see 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?

Students will be assigned a passage of the target text to prepare for each class, during which there will be discussions on the language, style, themes, and historical background of the text. Homework: about two to three hours per week.

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

On the Nature of Things: De Rerum Natura (Books 1 to 6) by Lucretius (Author), W. H. D. Rouse (Translator), Martin F. Smith (Editor) Loeb Classical Library (Harvard University Press) Hardcover – Jul 1989 ISBN-10: 0674992008 ISBN-13: 978-0674992009.

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

Latin 5 in Term 2.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Don't hesitate -but be prepared to put in time on preparation
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Review by Jane / (Posted on 19/06/2019)
Join -and be prepared to work and enjoy
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Review by JMcA / (Posted on 22/03/2019)
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: RL146

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Mon, day, 23 Sep - 02 Dec '19

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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

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