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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

In the Autumn term the focus of each class will be on reading texts from a variety of sources, such as consolatory literature, letters, histories, debates, philosophical and theological treatises, poems, songs, vision literature, as well as the more difficult hagiographies, in order to develop speed and accuracy in translation. There will be weekly assignments, which students are required to prepare in advance, but there will also be some emphasis on sight-reading. In the Spring term emphasis will continue to be on reading comprehension of texts selected from the genres listed above, drawing on the students own research interests. Speed and accuracy of translation will be the primary targets. Textual selections will cover, insofar as is possible, the period from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance, analysing different aspects of the evolution of Latin language in this phase of its history. For the seminar, students will be required to read lengthy passages (but no more than four printed pages) and should be prepared to discuss any point of interest with regards to grammar, content, and editorial principles. The study of the historical development of the Latin language will be also addressed from Late Antiquity to Humanist Latin will be also addressed.

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; end of term progress reports; exam results given within one month.

Indicative reading

Cassells New Latin-English, English-Latin Dictionary

Allen, J.H. and J.B. Greenough, Allen and Greenoughs New Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges: Founded on Comparative Grammar (London, 1904; repr. 2005)


Gildersleeve, B.L. and G. Lodge, Gildersleeves Latin Grammar, 4th rev. ed. (Mundelein, IL,1999)


Mountford, J. (ed.), Kennedys Revised Latin Primer (London, 1962)

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