Later Latin Prose in the Original - CL746

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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5 30 (15) DR M Wibier


Pre-requisite if taken at Level 5: CLAS3640 (CL364) and CLAS3650 (CL365) – Beginner's Latin 1 & 2; AS or A level Latin; or an equivalent qualification/level of ability must be demonstrated.





Students will participate in the close reading and interpretation of Latin prose texts. Translation of the texts from the original will enhance understanding of their construction by the authors and invite reflection on the use of stylistic and linguistic features (and their effect). This understanding may be further developed through the study of the literary and cultural context within which the text was produced.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 30

Method of assessment

• Essay (2000 words) – 50%
• Examination (3 hours) – 50%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading

Whitton, C (ed.) (2013) Pliny the Younger Epistles Book II. Cambridge: CUP.
Winsbury, R. (2014) Pliny the Younger. A Life in Roman Letters. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module, Level 5 students will be able to:

- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the prose text(s) within its/their cultural context and in relation to the earlier examples of the genre;
- Demonstrate analytical and critical skills for the study of well-established stylistic features specific to prose, appreciation of thematic points of interest in the prose text(s) studied, and knowledge of genre conventions employed in the work;
- Demonstrate their skills in close reading and translation of Latin prose of this later period;
- Demonstrate an ability to recognise the principles of the Latin language being applied by this/these later author(s) in their prose text(s);
- Demonstrate an awareness of the potential semantic range of individual Latin words within prose writing from this period (and awareness of previous usage of key words in earlier examples of the genre).

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