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This subject is designed for students who commenced the Latin stream with no prior knowledge of the language and have completed Latin 1, Latin 2, Latin 3, and Latin 4, and (preferably) Latin 5. Students examine Latin poetry through a specific genre, such as lyric poetry or satire. The subject will address the key elements of Latin poetic style, the nature of the first person poetic persona, and the involvement of the text with contemporary political and social ideology. In addition, work is undertaken on grammar and syntax to revise, consolidate and extend students’ knowledge of the language. Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to read Latin poetry, identify its stylistic features, and analyse its central themes and relationship to conventional Roman culture.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject should:
- Be familiar with the style of Roman lyric
- Understand the cultural and production contexts of the text
- Have consolidated their knowledge of grammar and syntax and extended their vocabulary
- Be able to critically analyse the styles and themes of Latin lyric and to communicate that analysis clearly and concisely.
Last updated: 22 November 2023