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Reading Latin 2 - 20 credits (HS3322)

Staff: Piero Tassinari

Further study of the Latin language, building on the work of HS3421 Reading Latin 1, and involving the reading of more advanced Latin texts. The module will prepare students to continue with HS3343/4 Latin Historical Texts, if they so wish.

Availability: spring semester each year
Optional for: all Ancient History degrees
Teaching: 30 classes. Homework exercises are set each week and returned in class. Discussion of this work forms a part of the learning experience.
Assessment: written exercises (50%) and one 2-hour examination (50%)

Syllabus content

The module completes the study of Latin grammar begun in HS3421 Reading Latin 1, including complex sentences, all uses of the subjunctive, deponent verbs, the gerund and gerundive.


To complete the study of the basic morphology and syntax of Latin.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, the student will demonstrate:

  • a more advanced understanding of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of Latin.
  • an ability to translate more advanced Latin texts into English, with the assistance of dictionaries and grammar books.
  • an ability to adapt to a different mindset, to formulate ideas expressed in that mindset, to develop independent and flexible thought and problem-solving strategies, and to process and organise large amounts of new data.
  • time and workload management skills, and experience of independent, self-motivated study.
  • skills in language learning, cultural learning and translation grammatical and linguistic skills, analytical skills

Preliminary reading

Information on the textbook to be used will be issued at the beginning of the module.

Related modules

Prerequisites: HS3421 Reading Latin 1 (or other beginner's Latin course)

Necessary for: HS3343 & HS3344 Latin Historical Texts