Classical Latin for Pleasure: translating selections from Latin Literature

Ref: C3670382

This course aims to promote enjoyment of reading Latin through translating excerpts from the best of classical literature and to enhance students' appreciation of the impact of the classical world on our society today.

Course aim

To promote enjoyment of reading classical Latin literature and to enable students to become independent readers of Latin

Who is the course for?

Not suitable for beginners to Latin: the advanced course assumes a certain degree of confidence in translating unadapted Latin.

What topics will this course cover

The works of key Roman authors such as Virgil, Horace, Ovid and Pliny Discussion of the artistry of different authors Discussion of the reception of Latin literature by its original audience Discussion of the challenges for a modern reader in understanding and appreciating Latin literature

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

Give examples of where their enjoyment and/or understanding of a text has been enhanced by reading it collectively in a group Give examples of how the class has helped them to appreciate better the artistry of the author OR the difficulties of interpreting ancient literature OR the impact of Latin on European culture

How will I know I'm making progress?

Verbally throughout the course; in written form if requested

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

A Latin grammar and dictionary are highly desirable; all texts will be supplied.

Reading and information sources

No prior reading of preparation is essential: revision of grammar and vocabulary is always beneficial

What could the course lead to?

There are university courses in classics for students who want to gain a qualification in Latin or to further their knowledge of the classical world. Above all, there is a huge amount of surviving Latin literature and significant resources on the internet to enable students to continue to enjoy Latin independently. Students will also have the skills to help them develop interests in family history and the reading of Latin inscriptions.

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Classical Latin for Pleasure: translating selections from Latin Literature Course Outline


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