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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Classics and Ancient History major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

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.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a translation and comment exercise; (2) a research essay; and (3) an examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Neil O'Sullivan
Unit rules
CLAN2103 Latin 3
or LATN2202 Intermediate Latin II
LATN3301 Advanced Latin I
Contact hours
3 hours per week (over 12 weeks)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.