LAT20140 Intermediate Latin

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module constitutes a final stage of introduction to the Latin language within the context of ancient Roman culture. Students will revise grammatical forms and syntax and will gradually be introduced to more complex constructions, developing their reading skills through grammatical and comprehension exercises and through the translation of passages of unadapted Latin from a range of Roman writers. In tutorials students will practise translating longer sections from original authors, using the transitional reader Latin via Ovid Chapters XXXI-XL, developing their reading skills through the translation of passages of unadapted Latin drawn from a range of key Roman writers (e.g. Cicero, Ovid and Livy). By the end of the module students will have acquired an extensive vocabulary and familiarity with all of the more complex syntactical structures of Classical Latin. They will also be able to translate passages of unadapted Latin (both seen and unseen), and have developed a greater fluency in translation.

The Instructor for this module in Autumn 2023 is George Prekas.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

* demonstrate a sound command of complex Latin grammar and syntax;
* manage an extensive Latin vocabulary;
* use their knowledge of vocabulary;
* grammar and syntax to translate prepared and unprepared passages of moderate difficulty from key Latin authors;
* translate with greater fluency;
* comment on the wider cultural background to the texts;
* comment on the literary qualities of the texts they have studied.

Indicative Module Content:

The classes will focus primarily on translation of the passages in "Latin Via Ovid" Chapters XXXI-XL and learning the grammar, syntax and use of language laid out in each chapter. Towards the end of the semester, time permitting, students will read selected passages from Latin prose authors.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The classes will focus on translation of passages of seen and unseen Latin, and on analysis of Latin grammar, syntax and use of language.

In the Autumn 2020/21 trimester module delivery is blended, but it would be possible to complete the module entirely online, 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

For students with Leaving Certificate Latin or with Beginners' Latin modules LAT 10110 and LAT 10120.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
LAT10130 - Intermediate Latin I, LAT10140 - Intermediate Latin II

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: The two-hour exam will test seen and unseen translation skills, grammar, and syntax. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Class Test: Grammar and translation test Week 5 n/a Graded No


Class Test: Grammar and translation test Week 9 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback on in-class tests will be provided in class. Students are welcome to arrange a meeting with the module coordinator to discuss any of their grades/feedback during the semester and after the examination.

Name Role
Dr Martin Brady Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr George Prekas Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Fri 09:00 - 09:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 10:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Wed 10:00 - 10:50