Centre for Continuing Education

Latin Course 302 (Level 10): Classical Authors

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

This intermediate-level course is a continuation of Latin course 301, and develops reading fluency through the reading and translation of classical authors from the Oxford Latin Reader.


This course aims to explore the relationship between the Latin language and the Roman literary tradition initiated in the previous unit of study.


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

  • read then translate extended passages of unedited excerpts from historically significant authors such as Cicero, Caesar and Livy
  • recognise and discuss the use of syntax and word groups in Latin literature
  • analyse and explain the grammatical constructions used in the selected texts
  • evaluate the stylistic choices made by different authors
  • relate the selected texts to their cultural and historical perspective.


We will explore the relationship between the Latin language and the Roman literary tradition through the reading and translation of classical authors from the Oxford Latin Reader.

This intermediate-level course develops reading fluency through an analysis of classic works of Latin prose with particular attention to literary style and narrative techniques, in particular through the works of Cicero, Caesar and Livy. This is supplemented with review as needed 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 301 or who have completed 220 hours of recent face-to-face tuition.


The content and texts covered in this course are a continuation of those covered in Latin 301. You do not need to have attended 301 in order to attend this course, however it is recommended you have completed at least 220 hours of Latin studies prior to attending.

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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