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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CLAS3050 Advanced Ancient Language

20 creditsClass Size: 19

Module manager: Paul White
Email: p.m.white@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Pre-requisite qualifications

Ancient Greek or Latin to GCSE-standard

Pre-requisites

CLAS1200Intermediate Ancient Greek
CLAS1250Intermediate Latin

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

One of the main motivations for learning Ancient Greek and Latin is to be able to read and appreciate literary texts. The Hellenic and Roman literary traditions offer some of the most influential World Literature, appreciated for centuries in both the original and in translations: from Greek tragedy to court-room oratory; from Roman political speeches to love poetry. In this module you will complete your study of either Ancient Greek or Latin grammar. The module allows you to study one or other of the languages but not both. The module will begin with grammar tuition, following directly on from Intermediate modules, to develop the required level of competence for reading classical texts in unadapted form, just as the authors wrote them. Through supported reading classes in first prose and then verse you will be guided on how to use your grammatical knowledge to create your own translations of selected authors. You will be introduced to using both grammatical and literary commentaries and trained on how to study texts independently by using scholarly editions appropriately at this level. In this way you will learn how to be an independent reader of original Greek or Latin and how to develop your appreciation of various genres and styles of classical literature.

Objectives

The module has three objectives: to complete the main grammatical syllabus in either ancient Greek or Latin, to translate and read unadapted texts in prose and verse in the chosen ancient language and to comment on the literary and stylistic features of the selected authors.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will have covered the main grammatical syllabus of either ancient Greek or Latin and so will be able to read unadapted texts in both prose and verse and to comment on the literary and stylistic features of the selected authors.

Skills outcomes
Ancient Greek linguistic skills, including grammar, translation, and textual interpretation.
Latin linguistic skills, including grammar, translation, and textual interpretation.


Syllabus

Session 1: (full group): Introduction to the Module and Chosen Authors

Sessions 2-8: (Latin and Greek groups taught separately): Grammar tuition to complete core grammatical syllabus, following on from Intermediate level.
For Ancient Greek learners this will include subjunctives, optatives, purpose clauses, result clauses, indirect questions and conditionals.
For Latin learners this will include gerunds and gerundives, temporal clauses, purpose clauses, result clauses, indirect questions and conditionals.

Session 9: (full group): The Development and Uses of Prose Texts in Graeco-Roman culture
Sessions10-13: (Latin and Greek groups taught separately): 4 x Set-text reading classes for single prose text
Session 14 (start of term 2): (full group): Preparing the Prose Coursework
Session 15-17: (Latin and Greek groups taught separately): 3 x Set-text reading classes for single prose text
Session 18: (full group): The Development and Uses of Verse Texts in Graeco-Roman culture
Sessions 19-25 (Latin and Greek groups taught separately): 7 x Set-text reading classes for single poet or group of poets
Session 26 (full group): Preparing the Exam: How to Write Commentary-Style answers.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Tutorial261.0026.00
Private study hours174.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

174 hours:
26 classes x 3 hours preparation for each class: 78 hours
26 classes x 1 hour consolidation for each class: 26
General reading on Graeco-Roman genres: 10 hours
Introductory reading on specific prose and verse authors: 10 hours
preparation of Prose Coursework (translation and comment): 25 hours
preparation of Exam on Prose and Verse texts (translation and comment): 25 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Weekly small-group teaching of tutorial group; semester 1 coursework. Academic Office Hours.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayProse translation and commentary exercise (2,500 words)50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 25/01/2018

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