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Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024 (archived)

Module CLAS2851: Advanced Latin 2C

Department: Classics and Ancient History

CLAS2851: Advanced Latin 2C

Type Open Level 2 Credits 20 Availability Not available in 2023/24 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • For students taking Classics (Q801), Classical Civilisation (Q820) and Ancient History (V110) Intermediate Latin 1A


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • The principle of progression means that if you have studied one Advanced Latin module in a previous academic year, you cannot then study another Advanced Latin module in the following academic year, but must progress to one or both of the Higher Latin modules.


  • To study in depth a selection of prose or verse texts suitable for students with a good command of Latin morphology and syntax, some experience of reading texts in the original and a good understanding of Roman culture.


  • This module introduces students to a selection of Latin texts appropriate to readers with a good command of grammar and some experience of reading texts in the original language.
  • All texts will be linked by a theme which will provide the focus for the module.
  • Examples of themes are: Roman love poetry, the countryside and the imagination, etc.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • A knowledge of Latin morphology and syntax sufficient to form the basis of an independent appreciation and understanding of a selection of Latin authors
  • A knowledge and understanding of a selection of works from a selection of Latin authors
  • A knowledge of vocabulary appropriate to a student with a year's post-Intermediate study and experience of the Latin language.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • An ability to construe some Latin texts with dictionaries.
  • An ability to read and interpret these texts.
Key Skills:
  • A grasp of the differences between two Indo-European languages, one ancient and one modern, and of the issues relating to moving between them.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Interactive language classes will be offered as the most appropriate and effective way of teaching the module.
  • Students will learn through regular preparation for the classes, and interaction with the teacher and each other in the process of learning.
  • The course will be assessed through an exam paper and a summative essay, which will be designed to test the topics and questions addressed in the classes.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Seminars (language classes) 44 2 per week 1 hour 44
Preparation and reading 156
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Essay Component Weighting: 30%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Summative essay 2500 words 100%
Component: Examination Component Weighting: 70%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written examination 2 hours 100%

Formative Assessment:

Homework in the form of translations and/or commentaries to be prepared in advance of every class. Formative tests in class. No collections.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University