Centre for Continuing Education

Latin Course: Reading for Pleasure

Latin. Learn Latin with us.

Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

This advanced course studies a selection of classical texts in class, reviewing the grammatical constructions and syntax, and discussing the texts in their cultural and historical perspective.


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

  • read and translate extended passages prose and poetry without reference to grammar and only minimal reference to a dictionary
  • discuss the development of the Latin language from the early documents or literary evidence (i.e. inscriptions) of Latin writing in the III century B.C. to its final standardisation in the works of Cicero and Varro (I B.C.) through to its later development in Imperial Rome
  • recognise and discuss any point of style or literary device in Latin poetry and prose
  • discuss the problems connected with the transmission of the text and with the relation of the language to its social environments, and its variations in response to changes in context and genre.

Intended audience

Suitable for advanced-level (C1) Latin readers who have completed over 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 should study the upcoming material before each meeting.

Recommended reading

Readings will be confirmed in class.

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.


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

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

What others say.

  • This Latin reading group began twenty years ago and this is only the second teacher we have had. Our tutor facilitates lively interaction and encourages our participation. The Monday morning class has become part of our lives. Long may it continue.

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