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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CLAS2923 Advanced Latin Literature 1: Prose and Epic

20 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Prof Barrie Hall
Email: classics@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

Pre-requisite qualifications

Latin at A-Level or equivalent standard.

Pre-requisites

CLAS1912Latin Texts and Grammar 2

Module replaces

CLAS2223 Latin Texts 3CLAS2224 Latin Texts 4

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module is suitable for those students with an advanced level of Latin who have gained at least a pass mark in CLAS1912 Latin Texts and Grammar 2. These classes will focus on the reading and appreciation of key works of Latin prose and verse epic. The texts this year will be Cicero's Pro Murena (Semester 1) and Vergil's Aeneid Book 9. The editions to be used will be, for Cicero, ed. C. Macdonald (Bristol 1969) and, for Vergil, P. Hardie, Virgil Aeneid Book IX (Cambridge 1994). The focus of the module is on the fluent and accurate reading of the Latin, which involves close attention to all aspects of the language. Due attention will be given, however, to thematic issues raised by the texts. The module is worth 20 credits and runs in both semesters, with on average 1.5 classes per week (typically one class one week, two the next). For further information, visit us at the Electives Fair or contact the Department of Classics, situated on the first floor of the Parkinson Building, south end (email: classics@leeds.ac.uk; website: www.leeds.ac.uk/classics/; telephone: 0113 343 3537).

Objectives

The module concentrates on Latin set texts. On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- recognise and explain the use of aspects of advanced Latin grammar and syntax;
- translate texts sensitively and accurately and comment on their subject-matter from linguistic, stylistic, literary and thematic perspectives where appropriate.

Learning outcomes
Students completing this module are expected to have acquired:
- an increased knowledge of aspects of advanced Latin grammar and syntax;
- an increased ability to translate texts accurately and sensitively;
- an increased knowledge of the linguistic, stylistic, literary and thematic issues pertaining to the specified prose and verse texts.

Skills outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
- demonstrate an advanced range of subject-specific skills, including an ability to analyse Latin texts critically and produce fluent and accurate translations of those texts;
- demonstrate a range of transferable skills, including organisation of personal study and participation in oral discussion in class.


Syllabus

These classes will focus on the reading and appreciation of key works of Latin prose and verse epic. The texts this year will be Cicero's Pro Murena (Semester 1) and Vergil's Aeneid Book 9 (Semester 2). The focus is on the fluent and accurate reading of the Latin, which involves close attention to all aspects of the language. Due attention will be given, however, to thematic issues raised by the texts, such as political context and rhetorical style (in the case of Cicero) and character development and leadership failure (in the case of Vergil).

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Tutorial301.0030.00
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparing translation of set books = 104 hours
Essay/ Commentary Exercise = 20 hours
Exam Preparation = 46 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Oral translation and discussion in class, one piece of written coursework, and an exam at the end of semester 2.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay.30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

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 70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

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: 25/05/2010

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