Studies in Latin literature in translation: exploring Roman culture ADED11622

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Students will discover a range of Latin literature, to be read in translation and covering a wide selection of different genres including history, epic, oratory and fiction. Each week, the course will explore a different theme and will provide an introduction to Roman culture, as well as key moments in ancient history through some of the most celebrated Latin authors whose work still influences writers of today.


Block 3, weeks 1-5 

2 hours per week for 5 weeks

Tuesdays, 11.00-13.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses




Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to

■ Enable students to use selected Latin texts as a source for understanding ancient Roman society

■ Provide an overview of the cultural background of those texts and the genre to which they belong

■ Encourage discussion of key themes emerging from the texts studied together in class

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Apply analytical skills to understanding texts taken from a range of genres as primary sources

■ Contextualise key texts against their specific cultural and political backdrop

■ Identify and discuss themes which can be seen across difference genres, such as ideas of identity and power

■ Within genres, recognise different registers (e.g. literary, colloquial) in Latin texts and understand their intended audiences

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.