About the Course
Latin offers a unique opportunity to engage with the ancient literature upon which modern society is established.
The values, society and history of the Roman world will be unlocked by translating authentic Roman authors and analysing the language, context and impact of their creation. You will study the vitriolic attack on Mark Antony, analysing the rhetoric of Cicero in his Philippics, a staunch defence of democracy and the Republican system. A more peaceful but no less interesting piece of literature looks at the myth of the love between the god Cupid, and the mortal Psyche and their struggle against the disapproval of the gods. Finally, you will study some of the of the most acclaimed literature of all time, exploring Virgil’s Aeneid Book 11 and Ovid’s Amores, some of the cleverest and most playful love poetry of Latin literature. This course is a delight to study and complements A-level or university study of another language, Maths, History, Law, Politics or English literature. It provides an opportunity to develop analytical skills and engage in textual criticism. Latin encourages mental versatility by engaging in a range of disciplines through the Latin sources that have retained their popularity for millennia.
- Unit 1 Unseen Translation
- Unit 2 Prose Comprehension
- Unit 3 Prose Literature – Cicero, Philippics; Apuleius, Metamorphoses
- Unit 4 Verse Literature – Virgil, Aeneid Book XI; Ovid, Amores II