Centre for Continuing Education

Latin Course 204 (Level 8): Classical Authors

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Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

This intermediate-level course develops reading fluency through extended in-class study of a selection of classical authors from the Oxford Latin Reader.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • translate extended passages of unedited excerpts from historically significant authors such as Caesar and Cicero
  • discuss points of style and idiom within the context of real Latin passages
  • recognise and discuss the differences between rhetorical and historical Latin
  • explain the meaning and use of prosody
  • read simple Latin poetry.


This intermediate-level course develops reading fluency through extended in-class study of a selection of classical authors from the Oxford Latin Reader. The selections read provides you with a study of the Latin language within the context of the literary tradition of Ancient Rome, especially during the period of the standardisation of Latin in the works of Cicero and Caesar (I B.C.).

You will engage in the reading and translation of texts of Latin authors Caesar, Cicero, and Catullus. This is supplemented with discussion of the finer points of idiom and the review of more complex grammatical structures within the context of ‘living’ Latin. This is done with reference to the handbook The Latin Language.

Intended audience

Suitable for B2 level students, those who have completed all levels of Latin up to 203 or who have completed 170 hours of recent face-to-face tuition.

Delivery style

Delivered as a series of interactive workshops where active participation is encouraged. You are encouraged to study the upcoming material before each meeting. This is an essential part of learning and revising.

Prescribed text

Balme, M and Morwood, J 1997, Oxford Latin Reader, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780195212099.

Scottish Classic Group, 1996, The Latin Language: A Handbook for Students, Oliver & Boyd, ISBN 9780050042878.

Optional Text

Morwood, J 1999, A Latin Grammar, Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780198601999.

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