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This intermediate module builds on your knowledge of Latin vocabulary and grammar, teaching you the skills required for reading and appreciating original texts on your own – from the works of Catullus and Ovid to Virgil’s account of the fall of Troy in Aeneid II. Besides working on translation skills, you will also engage in cultural and literary study of the texts, viewing them as both great pieces of literature and rich insights into Roman culture. The module would suit students with a good basic grounding in Latin.

Modules at Level 3 assume that you are suitably prepared for study at this level. If you want to take a single module to satisfy your career development needs or pursue particular interests, you don’t need to start at Level 1 but you do need to have adequately prepared yourself for OU study in some other way. Check with our Student Registration & Enquiry Service to make sure that you are sufficiently prepared.

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October 2014 is the final start date for this course. For more information, see Future availability.
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Registration opens on 30/04/14

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October 2014 is the final start date for this course. For more information, see Future availability.

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What you will study

This module is designed to consolidate and develop your knowledge of Latin and your competence in reading various genres of Latin texts. It is based on four published books: The Latin Language; the Cambridge Latin Anthology; R. H. Jordan’s edition of Virgil: Aeneid II; and D. West’s translation of The Aeneid.

In the first 20 weeks of your study you will work through The Latin Language to consolidate your grammar and learn new grammatical features. You will also read selections of passages from the Cambridge Latin Anthology, which include Catullus, Cicero, Horace, Martial, Ovid, Seneca, Tacitus and Pliny the Younger. In the remaining 12 weeks, you will focus on studying the set text, Virgil’s Aeneid II. Reading through this text will both hone your knowledge of Latin grammar and give you extensive practice in translation, but will also allow you to appreciate the style and literary qualities of one of Rome’s finest poets. Apart from reading most of Book 2 in Latin, you’re also encouraged to read as much of the rest of the poem as you can in West’s translation and to use this wider context to consider some of the major themes of the poem and its role in the culture and politics of Augustan Rome.

Throughout the module, you are encouraged to familiarise yourself with the use of a Latin dictionary by using the Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary, which has both Latin-to-English and English-to-Latin sections. There are two audio CDs that contain a talk on the Latin language; discussions on themes and issues of translation in the Aeneid and several readings of study passages from the Cambridge Latin Anthology and Aeneid II.

Entry

This is a Level 3 module. Level 3 modules build on study skills and subject knowledge acquired from studies at Levels 1 and 2. They are intended only for students who have recent experience of higher education in a related subject, preferably with the OU.

You might find it helpful to look at Sections 1 to 4 of Reading Latin by P. V. Jones and K. C. Sidwell (Cambridge University Press) to see what grammar and vocabulary is covered as this module builds on this level of understanding.  

Whatever your previous experience of studying Latin, the preparatory booklet for this module will help you to decide whether the module is at an appropriate level for you and to prepare for it. The booklet will be sent to you as part of the study material, but if you would like it before you register you can download it now as a PDF file. If you are unable access this file,  please send an A4, self-addressed envelope marked ‘A397 preparation’ to the A397 Curriculum Manager, The Faculty of Arts, The Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA and we will send you a copy. No postage is required. 

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

Preparatory work

You are strongly advised to work through the preparatory booklet (see Entry above) before the module begins, to refresh your knowledge of the language and to note areas of grammar to consolidate. In particular we think it would be especially useful to do some work on the formation and use of the passive, and the formation of the subjunctive. You may also like to look at the interactive exercises in Latin grammar which is accessible from the Department of Classical Studies website

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

If you have a disability

Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and musical notation and mathematical, scientific, and foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. Other alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future. Our Services for disabled students website has the latest information about availability.

If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Services for disabled students website for more information, including:

  • help to determine your study requirements and how to request the support that you need  
  • Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)
  • using a computer for OU study
  • equipment and other support services that we offer
  • examination arrangements
  • how to contact us for advice and support both before you register and while you are studying.

Study materials

What's included

Printed materials, audio CDs, website.

Scottish Classics Group, The Latin Language: A Handbook for Students

A. Carter and P. Parr, Cambridge Latin Anthology

You will need

CD player.

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this course as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.

  • If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2007 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
  • If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile computing device check our Technical requirements section.
  • If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.6 or later.

You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information including the details of the support we provide.

Materials to buy

Set books

  • West, D (tr) Virgil: The Aeneid, Penguin £10.99 - ISBN 9780140449327
  • Jordan, R H (ed) Virgil: Aeneid II, Bristol Classical Press £10.99 - ISBN 9781853995422
  • Morwood, J (ed) The Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary (3rd edn), Oxford University Press £11.99 - ISBN 9780198610052

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. We may also be able to offer group tutorials or day schools that you are encouraged, but not obliged, to attend. Where your tutorials are held will depend on the distribution of students taking the module.  

Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.

You must submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) on paper.

Future availability

The details given here are for the module that starts in October 2014 when it will be available for the last time.

How to register

To register a place on this course return to the top of the page and use the Click to register button.

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Distance learning

The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you’re at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you’ll be supported throughout your studies – your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

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Course facts
About this course:
Course code A397
Credits 30
OU Level 3
SCQF level 10
FHEQ level 6
Course work includes:
4 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
Examination
No residential school

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