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Latin Set Book


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Our Latin Set Book short course offers you the unique opportunity to study a Classical Latin text in depth with the guidance of a specialist tutor who is active in research in that area. You will learn to translate complex Latin with confidence and attention to linguistic nuance. You will also be encouraged to relate your reading to understanding broader questions about ancient culture, society and thought.

We change the text to be studied each year, in response to our students’ needs and preferences. In 2021-22, Professor Catharine Edwards will be teaching selections of Latin verse literature.

Teaching on this course is varied and interactive. It includes in-class translation and discussion of language, context and interpretation.

By the end of the Latin Set Book course you will be able to:

  • read complex Classical Latin texts in the original with confidence
  • analyse the wider implications of your reading for the study of Classical literature, ancient history and ancient philosophy
  • understand how the set text has been transmitted within the modern world and make use of the apparatus criticus to further your understanding
  • enrich your knowledge of the ancient world through close engagement with original evidence.

Please note: each weekly session will be two hours in length and run from 6pm to 8pm.

This course is non-credit bearing, so carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course is suitable for anyone interested in studying Latin but not seeking formal qualifications in the language. It involves close study of a Classical Latin text in the original, so it requires substantial prior experience in Latin, but we are flexible with precise qualifications and experience.  for further details.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. 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 register 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.