Introduction to Latin

This course introduces you to the basic principles of Classical Latin. It provides a firm basis of grammar, sentence structure and vocabulary of the language, through which you will be able to read and translate into English Roman drama in adaptation. We will be using the texts provided in reading Latin, as well as additional material depending on progress and the needs of the class. By the end of the year you will have gained sufficient knowledge of the language to be able to approach and successfully translate adapted passages of Latin prose and drama. 

No prior knowledge of the language is necessary.

On successful completion of this module you will be expected to be able to:

  • understand the basic grammar and syntax of Latin
  • read simple (or adapted) Latin prose
  • construct simple sentences in Latin
  • understand translation processes
  • locate, retrieve and process information
  • work in groups/teams.


  • Jones, P. and Sidwell, K. (2016) Reading Latin: Grammar and Exercises. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Jones, P. and Sidwell, K. (2016) Reading Latin: Text and Vocabulary. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

This short course can be taken as a stand-alone course or it may be available as part of a Certificate of Higher Education.

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Thu 12-Oct-17 6pm-8pm

Class location Central London
Class code SSHC298S4ACB

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