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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MEDV5020M Advanced Medieval Latin

30 credits

Module manager: Charles Roe

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

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as an Elective


This module is for students who have already done a substantial amount of Latin.

Students will:
- complete the module with a strong knowledge of Latin syntax and grammar
- be able to parse unseen passages, identifying the grammatical function of words, and generally understand syntax, be it classical or medieval
- be able to identify the medieval orthography of classical words as well as their derivatives
- have enough knowledge of vocabulary to translate short passages of some difficulty, being sensitive to the various literary genres of medieval Latin.


Students will spend as much time as is necessary revising grammar and syntax. They will then read passages from the Latin Vulgate Bible, concentrating mainly on historical narratives, although there will be some readings in Biblical poetry.

The remainder of the module will be spent in reading selected texts which represent the various literary genres of medieval Latin. these selections may include texts from chronicles and diplomatic sources, law and politics, philosophy and theology, hagiography and liturgy, and Latin literature and poetry.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours232.00
Total Contact hours68.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

One formative in-course examination, and one final summative examination.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam48 hr 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

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: 18/08/2023


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