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Latin Course: Letters of Pliny the Younger

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This Latin course studies selected letters of Pliny the Younger in class, reviewing the grammatical constructions and syntax, and discussing the letters in their cultural and historical perspective. The letters provide a fascinating insight into aspects of Roman life and times during the imperial period.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Read and translate Pliny’s letters with fluency and enjoyment.
  2. Analyse and explain the grammatical constructions and syntax used in the letters.
  3. Evaluate the stylistic choices made by Pliny.
  4. Relate the letters to their cultural and historical perspective.

Audience

Suitable for intermediate and advanced-level Latin readers who have completed around 200 hours of recent study, and who wish to develop their knowledge and appreciation of Latin through the intensive study of classical texts.

Delivery Style

This course is delivered as a series of interactive workshops where active participation is encouraged. Students are encouraged to study the upcoming material before each meeting.

Prescribed Text

Fisher, M.B. and Griffin, M.R. (2009), Pliny’s Letters, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9780521202985

This course follows the above text from page 32 onwards.

Optional Texts

Kennedy, B.H. (1965), Kennedy’s Revised Latin Primer, rev. edn, Pearson, ISBN 9780582362406

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

Radice, B. (1976), The Letters of the Younger Pliny, Penguin Classics, ISBN 9780140441277

Please Note

Selected Language and Culture courses that teach spoken language may include use of language immersion (course instruction in the selected language) as part of the training strategy.

Features

  • Expert trainer
  • Small class size (~20 max)
  • Central location

Language courses are offered in four terms each year, approximately in January, April, July and October.

What others say.

  • Our tutor is a born teacher whose knowledge of the subject, meticulous preparation and student-focused instruction is nothing short of outstanding. I look forward to taking other classes with this tutor.

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Latin Course: Letters of Pliny the Younger

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What others say.

  • Our tutor is a born teacher whose knowledge of the subject, meticulous preparation and student-focused instruction is nothing short of outstanding. I look forward to taking other classes with this tutor.