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Classical Language and Texts: Latin III

Module titleClassical Language and Texts: Latin III
Module codeCLA3254
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr Chiara Meccariello (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Module description

This module will build on your existing knowledge of Latin. It will increase your fluency in reading whole Latin texts and strengthen your linguistic abilities. You will focus on studying a main set text in each term and supplementary and supporting texts which will be complemented with classes dedicated to language and syntax work.

Module aims - intentions of the module

  • To study set texts, Latin language work and the practice of literary criticism together in a single integrated module.
  • To prepare you for the study of Latin language and literature at a more advanced level.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate a solid grasp of Latin language both through translation from and into Latin and through the close study of number of prose and verse texts.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 2. Identify, describe and manipulate a range of linguistic forms and structures
  • 3. Interpret and critically analyse works from an advanced literary culture of an earlier era

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Interpret the meaning of complex, demanding texts and apply linguistic skills
  • 5. Demonstrate advanced independent study skills, as well as the ability to work in groups in literary discussion and in working on translation and grammar

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned each week the 3 classes will be divided as appropriate between the following:

  • Close reading pre-prepared sections of the set text and tackling difficult passages
  • Discussing key themes of the set text, beta texts and secondary literature
  • Practising unseen translation, including the related “beta texts” and tackling advanced grammar issues

An overview of the class schedules will be discussed at the start of each term, and guidance will be provided about the required preparation for each class.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching663 x 1 hour seminar per week
Guided Independent Study234Independent study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Prepared language assignmentsWeekly1-2, 4-5Oral feedback
Formative exercise 150 minutes1-2, 4-5Mark, written, and verbal comments
Formative exercise 250 minutes1-2, 4-5Mark, written, and verbal comments

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay 1201500 words1-5Mark and written comments
Essay 2201500 words1-5Mark and written comments
Test 11550 minutes1-2, 4-5Mark and written comments
Test 21550 minutes1-2, 4-5Mark and written comments
Test 31550 minutes1-2, 4-5Mark and written comments
Test 41550 minutes1-2, 4-5Mark and written comments

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Essay 1Essay 11-5Referral/Deferral period
Essay 2Essay 21-5Referral/Deferral period
Test 1Test 11-2, 4-5Referral/Deferral period
Test 2Test 21-2, 4-5Referral/Deferral period
Test 3Test 31-2, 4-5Referral/Deferral period
Test 4Test 41-2, 4-5Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Two texts, to be confirmed by the module tutor. You will be given a list of beta texts to be read in conjunction with these works by the lecturer.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Key words search

Classics, Latin, Language

Credit value30
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

CLA2252 Classical Language & Texts: Latin II, A-level Latin or equivalent.

Module co-requisites


NQF level (module)


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