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Latin was the language of the ancient Romans. As a legacy of the Roman empire, Latin was the language of international communication for approximately 1500 years.

 

 Latin

 

Latin was the language of the ancient Romans. As a legacy of the Roman empire, Latin was the language of international communication for approximately 1500 years. It has had a tremendous effect on modern languages: more than half the vocabulary of English is based on Latin, and the Romance languages (Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Rumanian) are direct descendants of Latin. Latin has a vibrant literature that merits study for its own sake, and also because it influenced - and continues to influence - poets, playwrights and novelists in many different cultures and languages.

The study of Latin will be of benefit to students of literature, cultural studies, and language & linguistic programmes, as well as Law students, since Latin still forms an integral part of legal studies.

First Year Latin (Latin 101)

Lectures per week:3 one hour periods

Tutorials per week: 1 one hour period

Assessment: class tests, worksheets, assignments, quarterly tests, and an examination at the end of the year.

The first year course in Latin requires no previous knowledge of the language.

The aim of the course is that students acquire the ability to read simple Latin texts, and that they become aware of the influence of Latin on English (and other languages). Students will also be introduced to Roman culture and mythology, as well as Latin expressions used in English and (especially) in legal texts

Senior Courses in Latin

Latin II

The second year course in Latin consists of four modules:

A survey of Latin literature

Examples of Classical Latin prose

Examples of Classical Latin Poetry

A survey of Roman history, concentrating on the Republican period

Latin III

The third year course in Latin consists of four modules:

Latin drama, Comedy and / or a Tragedy

Examples of Latin poetry from the Silver period

Examples of Latin prose from the Silver period

A survey of Roman history, concentrating on the Early Empire

Classical Mythology and its influence A

This is a second year module open to all students. It is taught in English.

In this module you will study the myth of the Trojan War as it is told in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. You will also pay attention to how the Trojan War and its aftermath is depicted in Greek tragedy, for instance Aeschylus' Agamemnon and Euripides' Trojan Women and Helen. Later variations are also studied, for instance the Roman poet Vergil's Aeneid; poems by modern poets like Tennyson, Auden; and 20th century works like James Joyce's Ulysses and Derek Walcott's Omeros.

Classical mythology and its influence B

This is a second year module open to all students. It is taught in English.

The theme of this module is Greek gods, heroes and heroines in literature and art. Oedipus, Hercules, Persephone, Pygmalion and others are studied, first as they appeared in the literature and art of the Greeks and Romans, and then as they appeared in later and modern art, literature and film.

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