Universität Erfurt

Antike Kultur

SoSe 2015 Aeneas

CLAN3104 Latin Language and Literature

Monday 14-16, , Wednesday 10-11, room Arts 150

6 credit  points


  • Level 3 option in the Classics and Ancient History major sequence
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students provided it is taken with a non-LOTE major (either degree-specific or second) in which Latin units are not offered (i.e. cannot be the Classics and Ancient History major or the Medieval and Early Modern Studies major)
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Science students
  • Level 3 elective


In this unit students consolidate their reading of continuous original texts in Classical Latin, in prose and verse, and are equipped with the skills necessary to undertake higher research in Latin literature. These include translation (seen and unseen), elementary prosody, familiarity with contemporary trends in Roman literary criticism and historical interpretation of the set authors, and independent research skills. Classes alternate group translation and literary and historical analysis based on student readings of the prescribed primary and secondary literature. From time to time students are set practice commentary exercises (gobbets) and unseen translations in preparation for an end-of-semester examination that tests their language, historical and literary-critical skills. They also complete a research essay.

We will study the eighth book of the greatest Latin epic, Virgil's Aeneid, in which the Trojans visit the site of the future Rome.


Students are able to (1) produce an accurate English translation of the set classical Latin text(s) with the aid of a dictionary; (2) demonstrate recall and mastery of classical Latin vocabulary and grammar through translation of passages of seen and unseen prose or verse without the aid of a dictionary; (3) contextualise and comment on selected passages from the set texts in terms of their historical, cultural, linguistic and literary features; (4) scan Latin hexameter and/or elegiac verse; and (5) conduct independent research in Latin literature demonstrating a familiarity with the discourse conventions of the discipline.


Typically this unit is assessed in the following way(s): (1) translation and comment exercise; (2) research essay; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.

Unit Coordinator

Professor Yasmin Haskell

Contact Professor Brodersen

Arts Building Room 150, or email kai.brodersen@uwa.edu.au




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