Centre for Continuing Education

Latin Course 204 (Level 8): Classical Authors

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If you want to learn Latin our Latin classes are ideal for adult learners to enjoy a practical and social experience while you learn. Learn Latin the smart way with Latin courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

Designed for those who have completed around 170 hours of recent tuition, or students returning who have studied the language at school or university, and are familiar with the content of previous levels.


Studies original works in the Oxford Latin Reader from the golden age of classical literature, a period of great cultural and historical significance. The class will be reading poetry and prose written by Cicero, Caesar, Catullus, Virgil, Livy and Ovid.

Also revises and develops elements of grammar and syntax, using the handbook _The Latin Language. _ This handbook is written for students who have progressed beyond introductory textbooks. There are explanations of each construction, graded exercises, plus notes and exercises on words and usage across multiple constructions.

Students should read the upcoming material before each class, and complete the set exercises for homework. This is an essential part of learning and revising.


To read and understand at the required level, with fluency and enjoyment.

Prescribed text

Oxford Latin Reader Student’s Book by Maurice Balme (Oxford University Press)
ISBN 9780195212099

The Latin Language: A Handbook for Students by Scottish Classic Group (Oliver & Boyd) ISBN 9780050042878

Based on the above texts. The texts are used for activities, and form the basis for consolidation of knowledge and practice.

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