Greek MA

The Roman Historical Imagination (with Latin) LATIN4027

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Students will study a selection of texts from the most significant Roman historians in the original language, and examine the wider context of historical thinking at Rome.


25 * 1 hour seminars as scheduled in MyCampus. This is one of the honours options in Latin and may not run every year. The options that are running this year are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





Essay (2000 words) - 40%

Exam (2-hour duration) - 30%

Oral Presentation commentary on a selected passage (15 minutes) - 30%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will 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:

■ Provide an opportunity for students to improve the critical reading skills in Latin, with a focus on historiography

■ Encourage students to explore the theoretical aspects of historiography, drawing on both ancient and modern theoretical writing

■ Develop students' experience of close reading, translation and analysis of historical narrative

■ Encourage students to develop independent research skills in this area

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Understand the function of the historical imagination within Roman culture

■ Draw links between historiograpy and other aspects of their understanding of Rome, both literary and non-literary

■ Display critic acumen in discussing and translating Latin historiographical texts

■ Comment upon passages taken from the key historians and demonstrate an understanding their linguistic aspects, as well as their thematic significance

■ Carry out research with due regard to recent scholarship, and demonstrating a close engagement with selected Latin texts

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.