Classical and Post-Classical Latin
Module code: EN7218
Module co-ordinator: Dr Helen Foxhall-Forbes
School of English contact: Dr Sarah Knight
convey the full range of how Latin developed across two millennia and show what a vivid, flexible, elegant language it was. Readings, drawn from a variety of sources, will include:
- Virgil's pastoral poems
- A medieval saint's life
- An erotic poem by Catullus addressed to an unreliable mistress
- A letter in Latin from an Elizabethan undergraduate to his brother complaining about bad college food
- Strange, wonderful, and often brutal mythological tales
- Coins, graffiti, and inscriptions
We will consider texts in English translation, where available, to get a fuller sense of historical and cultural context.
The module's themes include history writing, letters, biography and hagiography (saints' lives), student writing, pastoral poetry, legal texts, mythology, geography and travel writing, erotic/love poetry, satire and humour, oratory, rhetoric, and sermons.
The module is taught through a weekly textual analysis seminar and a weekly language seminar. In the textual analysis seminars, you will read a range of literary and historical texts that illustrate how Latin developed during the classical, medieval, and early modern periods. In the language seminars, you'll be introduced to the basics of the Latin language, including vocabulary and grammar.
- One 4,000-word essay