Advanced Latin Verse - CLAS7590

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


The module provides students with an advanced understanding of Latin Verse through the reading, translation and interpretation of ancient text(s). Students will gain a systematic understanding of Latin by reading texts in the original with special attention to stylistics, textual criticism and/or thematic development through the use of author- and theme-specific scholarly tools and publications. The emphasis in this module will be on the development of critical skills that aid in the analysis of the text(s) as literature within a broader literary and cultural context.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 130
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
• Essay (2,500 words) – 60%
• Grammar and Translation Exercises (5-7 in total) – 20%
• In-Course Test (40 minutes) – 20%

Reassessment methods:
• 100% Grammar, Translation, and Commentary Exercise

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Christenson, D.M. Plautus Amphitruo. (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Gildersleeve, B.L. & Lodge, G. (1998). Latin Grammar. London: Bloomsbury Press.
Glare, P.G.W. (1982). Oxford Latin Dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Harrison, S. (2017). Horace Odes Book 2. (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Heyworth, S.J. (2019). Ovid Fasti Book 3. (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Thesaurus Linguae Latinae (TLL) Online. (2009). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate systematic understanding of Latin Verse through coherent and appropriate (1) use of scholarly tools and materials, (2) a detailed reading and (3) translation, all of which require the use appropriate problem-solving skills, ideas and techniques;
2 Demonstrate accurate deployment of textual, thematic, and cultural analysis in relation to the text(s) and genre;
3 Demonstrate the ability to devise and sustain an argument that takes into account current research related to stylistic features specific to Latin literature, appreciation of thematic points of interest in the text(s) studied, and/or knowledge of genre conventions employed in the work;
4 Demonstrate an understanding of the way translation acts as interpretation, which reveals the importance of keeping an open mind about ambiguity and meaning.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, and apply their knowledge and understanding;
2 Perform sustained critical evaluation of source material and scholarship;
3 Frame appropriate questions, identify solutions to problems and form judgements about the material studied;
4 Communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialists and non-specialists.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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