CL3L6-Latin 6

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: This module is for Part 3 undergraduate and taught postgraduate students who have passed Latin 5 in this university or studied Latin to degree level at another university.
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mrs Jackie Baines


Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module aims to develop professional skills of analysis and criticism in respect of literary texts, studied in the original Latin. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the texts studied, of their historical and cultural context, and of the modern scholarly context. A high level of competence in reading Latin is presupposed.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
- write a commentary on a short section of a Latin text
- defend aspects of their readings of the text orally and in writing.

Additional outcomes:
The module also encourages the development of skills in oral and written communication.

Outline content:

 Each student will be assigned a supervisor and will normally have a meeting every two weeks for two terms; however, it will be possible for further meetings to be arranged by the supervisor and/or the student if needed. In the first few meetings the student will identify a section of a Latin text on which to write a commentary, what the focus of the commentary should be, if any (e.g. literary, historical) and any issues of particular importance in the text. In the remaining meetings the student will report on progress, provide drafts for discussion, and raise any issues of particular concern. The final work will address around 100 lines of verse or an equivalent amount of prose. The commentary should aim at a professional standard but also be accessible to fellow students and discuss difficulties in translation. (A good model to follow is the Cambridge ‘green and yellow’ series.) The student will not be expected to edit the text itself or produce an apparatus criticus, but the commentary should show awareness of variant readings.  Students are encouraged to attend the classes for Latin 4 and 5 each week in order to maintain their language skills and broaden their experience of Latin texts.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Fortnightly meetings to guide independent study.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 5 5
Guided independent study 95 95
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 90
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Summative assessment will consist of
(1) one short viva voce examination on an interim draft of the commentary. This draft must be submitted by 12 noon on the last day of Autumn term (10%)
(2) a polished commentary of around 5,000 words, to be submitted by 12 noon on Friday week 1 of Summer term (90%).

Relative percentage of coursework: 100%

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
• where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
• where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:
40% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission by 1st September

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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