Latin Descriptions

Unit outlines will be available through Find a unit outline two weeks before the first day of teaching for 1000-level and 5000-level units, or one week before the first day of teaching for all other units.
 

Latin

Major

A major in Latin requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level units
(ii) 12 credit points of 2000-level units
(iii) 18 credit points of 3000-level units
(iv) 6 credit points of 3000-level Interdisciplinary Project units

Minor

A minor in Latin requires 36 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level units
(ii) 12 credit points of 2000-level units
(iii) 12 credit points of 3000-level units

1000-level units of study

LATN1600 Introduction to Latin 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: LATN1001 or LATN2611 or LATN2620 or HSC Latin Assessment: Weekly language assignments equivalent to 1250wd (30%) Weekly quizzes equivalent to 1250wd (30%), 1x2hr exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides the essential linguistic foundation to the study of the literature, culture, history and long legacy of the Latin-speaking world ruled by Rome. No previous knowledge of any foreign language is assumed and all grammatical concepts encountered will be explained. The unit introduces the basics of Latin through the study of grammar and, using a wide variety of short and longer readings form a range of Roman authors, provides an introduction to Latin literature.
LATN1601 Introduction to Latin 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: LATN1600 Prohibitions: LATN1002 or LATN2612 or LATN2621 Assessment: Weekly language assignments equivalent to 1250wd (30%) Weekly quizzes equivalent to 1250wd (30%), 1x2hr exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in LATN1600, enabling students to read more complex Latin texts. It concentrates particularly on reading skills and the syntax of the sentence, while also introducing further grammatical concepts and constructions. Grammatical knowledge is reinforced by translation from and into Latin, while reading skills are further consolidated through the study of a wide variety of longer extracts from Latin prose and verse texts.

2000-level units of study

LATN2600 Intermediate Latin 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: HSC Latin or LATN1601 LATN2621 Prohibitions: LATN2603 or LATN1101 Assessment: Weekly language assignments equivalent to 1250wd (30%) Weekly quizzes equivalent to 1250wd (30%), 1x2hr exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit consolidates the knowledge of Latin acquired in LATN1601, LATN2621 or by advanced study of Latin at school. It involves both formal language study, including practice in unseen translation, and the close reading of a wide variety of shorter and extended extracts from Latin verse and prose texts. Increasing attention will be paid to the literary qualities, style, generic and socio-historical background of the texts, as well as to their grammar and syntax.
LATN2601 Intermediate Latin 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3x1hr seminars/week Prerequisites: LATN2600 Prohibitions: LATN1102 Assessment: 1x1000wd equivalent language assignments (30%), 1x1500wd Essay (30%), 1x2hr exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit develops skills in the literary study of Latin texts, and builds further on language knowledge and translation skills acquired in LATN2600. It will involve the close reading of classic works of Latin prose and/or poetry, to be advised in advance on the Department of Classics and Ancient History website. Attention will be paid to style, literary and narrative technique, and the generic and socio-historical background of the texts, as well as to the intricacies of grammar and syntax.

3000-level units of study

LATN3601 Ovid's Metamorphoses

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3x1hr seminars/week Corequisites: LATN2601 Assessment: 1x2000wd Essay (45%), 1x2hr exam (45%) and participation in class discussion (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Ovid's Metamorphoses is the most sophisticated and playful poem from antiquity. This unit will examine its stylistic, literary and narrative technique through the reading of either an entire book or selected passages from the whole epic. It is particularly suitable for students who are in their second or third year of Latin, but will be of interest, profit and enjoyment to anyone interested in Latin poetry.
LATN3602 Virgil's Aeneid

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1hr seminar/week Corequisites: LATN2601 Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (45%), 1x2hr exam (45%), participation in class discussion (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Virgil's Aeneid is the central text of Roman civilization and arguably of Western culture. This unit will examine its stylistic, literary and narrative technique, and its historical and political context, through the reading of either an entire book or selected passages from the whole epic. It is particularly suitable for students who are in their second or third year of Latin, but will be of interest, profit and enjoyment to anyone interested in Latin poetry.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
LATN3603 Latin Imperial Poetry

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3x1hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x2hr exam (45%), 5x100wd unseen translation exercises (10%), 1x2000wd essay (45%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit expands students' knowledge of the poetry of the Roman Empire through study of one or more important texts from this vital period in Rome's literary development. The focus of the unit will be on the interpretation, literary appreciation and generic and/or historical background of the texts. Language skills will continue to be tested and developed by periodic exercises in unseen translation.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
LATN3604 Latin Republican Poetry

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1hr lectures/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Latin Corequisites: LATN3600 Assessment: 1x2hr exam (45%), 5x100wd unseen translation exercises (10%) and 1x2000wd Essay (45%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit expands students' knowledge of the poetry of the Republic and Augustan era through study of one or more important texts from this influential period in Rome's literary history. The focus of the unit will be on the interpretation, literary appreciation and generic and/or historical background of the texts. Language skills will continue to be tested and developed by periodic exercises in unseen translation.
LATN3605 Latin Republican Prose

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Latin Assessment: 1x2hr exam (45%), 5x100wd unseen translation exercises (10%), 1x2000wd essay (45%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit expands students' knowledge of the prose literature of the Republic and Augustan era through study of one or more texts from this influential period of Roman literature. The focus of the unit will be on the interpretation, literary appreciation and generic and/or historical background of the texts. Language skills will continue to be tested and developed by periodic exercises in unseen translation.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
LATN3606 Latin Imperial Prose

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3x1hr lectures/week Prerequisites: LATN3600 or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Latin Assessment: 1x2hr exam (45%), 5x100wd unseen translation exercises (10%) and 1x2000wd Essay (45%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit expands students' knowledge of the prose literature of the Roman Empire through a study of one or more important texts from this vital period in Rome's literary development. The focus of the unit will be on the interpretation, literary appreciation and generic and/or historical background of the texts. Language skills will continue to be tested and developed by periodic exercises in unseen translation.
LATN3611 Roman Drama

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Latin Assessment: 1x2000wd Essay (40%), 1x2hr Exam (40%), 1x500wd equivalent Class Presentation (10%), 1x Participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The comedies of Plautus and Terence and the tragedies of Seneca are among the most important, fascinating, and influential works of Latin literature. Comedy, with its crafty slaves and angry old men, is the earliest Latin literature to survive complete and offers an unparalleled perspective on the social history of Republican Rome, as well as setting the template for comedy on through the Renaissance down to the sit-com. Seneca's gruesome but vibrant tragedies reveal the dark heart of Imperial Rome and cast their shadow forward onto Shakespeare, Racine, and Ted Hughes. This unit will explore one or more of these mesmerizing plays as literature, as theatre, and as windows on Roman society.
LATN3612 Later Latin Literature

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in the Latin major Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (40%), 1x2hr (2000wd equivalent) exam (40%), 1x500wd equivalent class presentation (10%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In late antiquity, Latin literature underwent a renaissance. A wealth of poets and prose writers bear witness to how a shared literary heritage became a tool for interrogating a changing world for Christian thinkers and pagan intellectuals alike. Through the middle ages and into the early modern period, Classical literature remained a model to emulate, refashion and react against, both in the old world and in the new. This unit offers a selection of authors working in Latin from late antiquity into the early modern period, to investigate the enduring vibrancy and relevance of Classical literary themes and forms.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units

Interdisciplinary project unit of study

If you are completing two majors and both of your majors are from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, please select the Interdisciplinary Impact unit of study for your first major, and the Industry and Community Project unit of study for your second major.
If you are completing two majors but only one of your majors is from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, please select the Interdisciplinary Impact unit of study for that major.
If you are completing one major only and that major is from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, please select the Interdisciplinary Impact unit of study for your major.
LATN3999 Interdisciplinary Impact

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive December,Semester 1,Semester 2 Prerequisites: Completion of at least 90 credit points Prohibitions: Interdisciplinary Impact in another major Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Interdisciplinarity is a key skill in fostering agility in life and work. This unit provides learning experiences that build students' skills, knowledge and understanding of the application of their disciplinary background to interdisciplinary contexts. In this unit, students will work in teams and develop interdisciplinarity skills through problem-based learning projects responding to 'real world problems'.
LATN3998 Industry and Community Project

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive February,Intensive July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Corequisites: Interdisciplinary Impact in any major. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This interdisciplinary unit provides students with the opportunity to address complex problems identified by industry, community, and government organisations, and gain valuable experience in working across disciplinary boundaries. In collaboration with a major industry partner and an academic lead, students integrate their academic skills and knowledge by working in teams with students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. This experience allows students to research, analyse and present solutions to a real¿world problem, and to build on their interpersonal and transferable skills by engaging with and learning from industry experts and presenting their ideas and solutions to the industry partner.