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LATN3612: Later Latin Literature

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.

Code LATN3612
Academic unit Classics and Ancient History
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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12 credit points at 2000 level in Latin
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Increased knowledge of the Latin language, its structure, vocabulary, and modes of expression.
  • LO2. Increased knowledge of the history and influence of the literature of Rome, including an understanding of genre and of interpretative work ranging from traditional criticism to contemporary approaches
  • LO3. Increased knowledge of the culture, religion, ideas and history of the Romans leading to a critical understanding of one of the bases of Western culture.
  • LO4. Sharpened analytical skills in investigating the ways texts use language to construct meaning and assert imaginative power, communication skills fostered by the writing of critical analyses and by discussion in class where one must clearly express and account for one’s own view and objectively judge the views of others
  • LO5. Practice at skills in working as part of a team, sharing information and exchanging approaches in ways which promote realistic self-evaluation, critical judgement, tolerance and skills in creative listening
  • LO6. Practice at skills in ordering and inter-relating a large body of facts and differing opinions within a limited space
  • LO7. An increased understanding of cultural difference
  • LO8. Practice at skills in time-management, in prioritising and in working to definite goals and dead-lines
  • LO9. Practice at skills in the use of IT for the accessing of information and generating one’s own material

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.