Latin and the Legacy of the Roman World

Spring 2020 (3 credits)


LANG1410
Co-ordinator: Dr. Nigel Huckstep
Dr. Nigel Huckstep

Course Description

This course offers an introduction to Latin and the role it has played and plays in various societies and cultures, including those of Rome in the Imperial Age. There is a roughly equal emphasis on the legacy of the Roman World and on an introduction to the Latin language.


Course Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  1. translate simple statements and questions from Latin to English and vice versa.
  2. understand how Latin has influenced modern English word formation.
  3. understand the etymology of a number of English words derived from Latin.
  4. recognise some allusions to ancient Roman culture which are reflected in modern English vocabulary and expressions.
  5. appreciate the legacy of Latin and the Roman world.

Course outline

The class will meet twice weekly. Each class will begin with a consideration of the legacy of the Roman world while the second part of the class will be devoted to an introduction to the Latin language. All materials will be provided via a Canvas site.


Course assessment

Mid-term exam 20%
Research presentation 40%
End-of-term exam 40%


Attendance Requirement

In line with general University guidelines, the Center for Language Education’s official minimum attendance requirement for all LANG courses is 80%.

If you miss 3 classes, you will receive a warning letter. If you miss 6 classes, you will fail the course, and receive official notification of your failure.

Should you be absent for an extended period for such reasons as serious illness or injury, and you produce documentary evidence (e.g. a doctor’s note) of this, your absence will not be counted.