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Latin Advanced - MST00013M

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  • Department: Centre for Medieval Studies
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Christine Williamson
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2021-22 to Spring Term 2021-22

Module aims

This module is designed for students with several years’ experience of studying Latin, who are already familiar with a wide range of grammatical constructions. The module has two major aims: first, to develop the speed and accuracy of students’ translation work. Second, to provide students with an overview of the history of Medieval Latin, covering both the evolution of Latin morphology and syntax from Classical Antiquity to the Middle Ages, as well as significant literary developments. Moving chronologically from Late Antiquity to the Fourteenth-Century, students will be asked to prepare a weekly translation assignment from a wide range of genres, including letters, histories, theological treatises, poems and hagiography. There will be some emphasis on sight-reading in class; however, seminars will also focus on developing student awareness of current research trends in Medieval Latin
studies and potential research resources.

Module learning outcomes

  • have the ability and the confidence to approach any Latin text for their own independent research
  • be able to skim over lengthy pieces of text quickly and with minimal dictionary consultation
  • develop a critical understanding of the basic editorial principles of medieval Latin material


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback supplied weekly in class and exam results given within 20 working days.

Indicative reading

Please note that there is NO set textbook for this course. Students will be provided with a course booklet and weekly handouts that cover all the Latin texts and grammar topics considered on this module.

Students may find it helpful to own a Latin Primer, in order to follow up the grammar topics covered in class. The recommended Primer for this module is:

  • J. Mountford (ed.), Kennedy’s Revised Latin Primer (London: Longman, 1962)

Students will also need to have access to a Latin dictionary and the following works are recommended for this course:

  • Collins Latin Dictionary and Grammar 2nd ed. (Glasgow: Collins, 2016)
  • C.T. Lewis, An Elementary Latin Dictionary (Oxford: OUP, 1963)
  • D.P. Simpson, Cassell’s Standard Latin Dictionary: Latin/English, English/Latin (London: John Wiley & Sons, 1959; rev. ed. 1977)

Please note, however, that there is no need to buy a dictionary, as a number of academic Latin dictionaries can be accessed online for free. Two particularly useful volumes are:

  • Lewis and Short, A Latin Dictionary (Oxford: OUP, 1879; reissued 1963)
  • R.E. Latham et al., Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources (Oxford: OUP, 1975-2013).

Both tomes are now available via:

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.