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Jayne Massey
Class of 2005

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Higher Latin

The study of Latin is an excellent foundation for the study of modern languages, and for an understanding of European literature, art, philosophy, politics and history.

Each Latin course on offer has the same aims:

  • to develop students' competence in the Latin language
  • to increase their appreciation of Latin literature
  • to help them gain an insight into the Roman world.

 COURSE OUTLINE

 There are three units, each of 40 hours:

Translation
Interpretation -  Verse
Interpretation -  Prose

TRANSLATION                          
passages from the law court speeches of Cicero, the prose author

INTERPRETATION - VERSE
Virgil's Aeneid, Book VI:  the story of Aeneas' journey to the Underworld

INTERPRETATION - PROSE
Cicero's Fifth law court speech against Verres, the corrupt Governor of Sicily

 METHODOLOGY

 The emphasis is on acquiring skills:

  • problem solving through language
  • understanding how language works
  • close reading and literary analysis
  • a critical approach to reading
  • written communication skills (particularly essay writing)

Such skills are invaluable for higher education and employment.

  HOMEWORK

 Homework is issued after every lesson and consists of familiar tasks:

  • translation of sentences and passages
  • learning of grammar tables and passages
  • answering Interpretation questions
  • writing essays

 ASSESSMENT

 External           Two papers, 45 minutes for Translation (50 marks) and one 2-hour paper for Interpretation (100 marks).

Internal           1 test for each unit, 1 hour each, worth 50 marks, as in final exam.