CLAN3104 Latin 4

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
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 3 elective
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Yasmin Haskell
Unit rules
CLAN2103 Latin 3
LATN2202 Intermediate Latin II
LATN3301 Advanced Latin I
Contact hours
3 hours per week (over 12 weeks)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.