Classics (Classical Civilisation) MA/MA(SocSci)

Latin Historiography LATIN4008

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course offers the opportunity to read a range of Latin historiography and to study Latin historiography as a genre.


Two hours per week. This is one of the honours options in Latin and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on mycampus.


One 2500 word essay 30%, two-hour examination 70%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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

to familiarise students with important works of the genre of Latin history-writing; to foster study of the work of two of these authors in depth, with particular reference to diction, style and subject matter; to impart an appreciation of the contrasting aims and methods of Roman historians; to enhance knowledge of Latin grammar, vocabulary and style

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course you should be able to: translate fluently and accurately from the prescribed texts into clear and appropriate English; make judicious use of dictionaries, commentaries, works of reference and modern translations; select and comment intelligently on notable matters of form and content; understand the development of historiography between Livy and Tacitus; understand the social and political background presupposed by these writers, and assess their different attitudes to it; to present an argued case on critical issues, both orally and in writing; to demonstrate such essay skills as the department has stipulated in the Honours handbook

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.