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Latin Course: Tacitus, Agricola

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This Latin course studies the biography by the leading Roman historian, Cornelius Tacitus, of his father-in-law, Julius Agricola, the governor of Britain in AD 77-84. Tacitus combines his biographical narrative with a vivid, literary account of social, military and geographical contexts in Roman Britain. The Agricola remains a key historical source for the Roman occupation of Britain and invasion of Scotland.

Aims

This course aims to develop students' knowledge and appreciation of classical Latin through the intensive study of the Agricola in its social, historical and archaeological contexts.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to read Latin at the required level with fluency and enjoyment. Students should also have deepened their knowledge of both the historical figure of Agricola and the broader contexts in Roman Britain. Lastly, students should have developed an understanding of the stylistic choices made by Tacitus in the Agricola.

Intended Audience

The course is intended for advanced-level Latin readers wishing to develop their knowledge and appreciation of classical Latin through the intensive study of original literature. Enrolling students should have studied the Oxford Latin Course books 1-3, or have undertaken equivalent Latin studies.

Delivery Style

The course will be delivered as interactive workshops where active participation is encouraged. The class will work through the prescribed text in class, reviewing the grammar and syntax, and discussing the text in its social, historical and archaeological context.

Notification of sections from the Agricola will be provided to students for their study prior to each class. To get the most learning and enjoyment out of this course, students should prepare the upcoming material before each class. This is an essential part of consolidating knowledge and understanding of the course content.

Prescribed Text

Woodman, A.J. and Kraus, C.S (eds) (2015). Tacitus: Agricola. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
ISBN 9780521700290

Recommended Reading

The following texts may also assist students who undertake this course:

Mattingly, H. and Rives, J. (eds) (2010). Tacitus: The Agricola and the Germania. Penguin Classics.
ISBN 9780140455403

Ogilive, R.M. and Richmond, I.A. (eds) (1967). Tacitus: Agricola. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
ISBN 9780521700290

Kennedy, B.H. (1965). Kennedy’s Revised Latin Primer. Pearson.
ISBN 9780582362406; or:

Morwood, J. (2006). A Latin Grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
ISBN 9780198601999

Please Note

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Features

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

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Latin Course: Tacitus, Agricola

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